Garage Sale Items – McTavish Academy of Art

Written by Harold McNeill on January 11th, 2019. Posted in Tim Hortons Morning Posts


DATE:  SATURDAY 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM    May 4, 2019
SUNDAY,  NOON – 5:00 PM    APRIL 5, 2019


FEATURED ITEM:     13. Fluorescent Light Tracks (SOLD)
(Added, March 13, 2019)

Fluorescent Light Tracks (SOLD)   These tracks are fully functional having just been removed.   While the lights are currently attached in 18 and 24-foot lengths, they can be easily reconfigured.  They are perfect for any large space such as a shop or some other workspace needing excellent lighting.   They are not free, but at $1.00 per foot, they are good as free.

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13  Fluorescent Light Tracks (SOLD)
12. Harmon-Kardon Speaker Set
11. Belt and Circular Sander (SOLD)
10. Retro Boardroom Chairs (reduced to sell)
9. Padded, Meeting Room Chairs (reduced to sell)
8. Nuova Espresso Machine (SOLD)
7. Foosball Machine
6.  Solid Hardwood (Oak I believe) Framed Mirror (reduced to best offer)
5. General Use Stainless Steel Padded Chairs
4.  Fish Tanks and Equipment (reduced)
3. Apollo Drum Set  ($100 or free to a youth who needs a set)
2. Low Rise, Round Table   (SOLD)
1. Rubber Maid, Heavy Duty, Commercial Mop Wringer (reduced or best offer)

13. Fluorescent Light Tracks

These tracks are fully functional having just been removed.  While the lights are currently attached in 18 and 24-foot lengths, they can be easily reconfigured.  They are perfect for any large space such as a shop or some other workspace needing excellent lighting.   They are not free, but at $1.00 per foot, they are good as free.

12. Harmon Kardon Speaker Set

The complete amp and tuner system available with the speakers. Excellent condition, but no longer needed. Read up on the full system as well as the potential to go wireless. Go to: Tested Technology    ($150)   Go to AMAZON used speakers for similar in this value range.

11.  Belt and Circular Sander (SOLD)

An old timer but great if you have the shop space and do a lot of woodwork.
$50.00 or Best Offer

10. Retro Boardroom Rockers (reduced to sell)

We’re truly sorry to say goodbye to these funky, steel, swivel rockers, but need to repurpose the Board Room and don’t have storage space to keep for occasional use.  We’d like the chairs to stay together as a family so we’ve priced them accordingly. $50 for single, $259 for the six.  They are in good condition and, as you can see above, look great in a small group meeting or family space.  Find some matching artwork and you are off and running with something special.

9. Meeting Room Chairs (reduced to sell)

Extremely comfortable chairs designed for day-long meetings and seminars. Best used in a dedicated meeting space as they are not stackable. That is the only reason we are parting with them as our space is multipurpose and chairs need to be moved on a regular basis. Priced to sell as a batch $25 for singles, 10 for $200. We have about 30 for sale. The laminate, chrome, circular table: $30.

8. Nuova Espresso Machine with attachments   (SOLD)

Ahh, sorry but this class machine has just sold.

An Italian made, lever-pull, espresso machine with attachments. In excellent shape that is currently plugged in an operating. We need a smaller machine for the Cantina at the Academy. $1500.00  Sale includes:

1 machine with two steamers
I single stainless steel Portafilter
1 double stainless steel Portafilter
2 stainless steel frothing jugs
2 stainless steel espresso cups

7. Foosball Machine

Excellent condition.   $100.00

6.  Solid Hardwood (Oak I believe) Framed Mirror

Approximately 42″ X 32″ feet   $50 or best offer.

5. General Use Stainless Steel Padded Chairs

Good condition.   $10.00 Each.   5 for $45.00    10 for $65.00   20 for $85.00   30 for $100.00

4.  Fish Tanks and Equipment

Variety of sizes from large (48’x16″x16′) (bottom photo) to medium (24″x12″x12″) to small bowls and small tanks.  All kinds of miscellaneous equipment in the boxes.  All appear to be left over from the McTavish Elementary School days.   All tanks and equipment, $100 or best offer.

3. Apollo Drum Set
This 5-piece drum set sells for $500 at Walmart.  The set will go for $100 OBO.   One drum skin needs repair.  Let us know if there is a young drummer you think this set might help along the road and we’ll talk about how to make this happen.

2. Low Rise, Round Table (SOLD)

Excellent condition. 60″ diameter, 18″ high.  $60.00

I. Rubber Maid, Heavy Duty, Commercial Mop Wringer

You will need to find a pail to hold the wringer.  $25.


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  • Harold McNeill

    April 14, 2020 |

    Hi Rick,
    Great to hear from you and trust all is going well. Our family members are all doing well but it must be pretty tough for a lot of people. I had once heard you were going to do some writing but never heard anything further. I would be most interested, but do you think the OB News have archives back to that time. Any link or information you could provide would be greatly appreciated. Did you keep copies? Regards, Harold

  • Rick Gonder

    April 14, 2020 |

    Hi Harold
    About 22 years ago I spent several weeks going through the OBPD archives. I wrote several stories that were published in the OB News. Feel free to use if they are of value to what you are doing.
    Keep this up, I’m enjoying it and it brings back memories.

  • Harold McNeill

    April 12, 2020 |

    Hi Susan,

    Glad you had a chance to read. I decided to update these stories by proofreading as there were several grammatical errors in many. Hopefully, many of those glaring errors have been removed.

    Many of the stories carry a considerable amount of social comment regarding the way the criminal justice system is selectively applied. Next up involves a young woman from near Cold Lake, Alberta, who was abducted by an older male from Edmonton. Her story is the story of hundreds of young men and woman who have found themselves alone and without help when being prayed upon unscrupulous predators.

    Cheers, Harold

  • Susan

    April 8, 2020 |

    Great read, Harold!…and really not surprising, sad as that may sound.
    Keep the stories coming, it is fascinating to hear them.
    Love from us out here in the “sticks”, and stay safe from this unknown predator called Covid.

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