David Pyette wants bargain hunting shoppers planning to head across the border for Black Friday sales to consider the deals up for grabs at this weekend’s Metro Toronto Rotary Auction which will be based out of the East York Civic Centre.
More than 900 items are scheduled for bidding for this weekend’s auction, which will be telecast live on Rogers TV from Nov. 23-24. Pyette, the auction’s communications chair, believes the discounts on everything from sports tickets to appliances will far outweigh those that can be found across the border.
“There’s no reason for Toronto shoppers to shuffle off to Buffalo this year to take advantage of sales because we will beat them right here at this auction,” said Pyette.
“People can get stuff for up to 60 per cent off. The starting price is around 30 per cent of item value and goes up from there, so there’s all sorts of great bargains.”
Proceeds from the past Metro Toronto Rotary Auctions have gone towards local charitable groups including the East York Children’s Breakfast Club, Habitat for Humanity, Second Harvest and many others.
Pyette said the five rotary clubs taking part in this year’s edition, including the East York chapter, are hoping to raise around $100,000, the same target as last year.
But this year, an ongoing labour dispute outside the clubs’ control could affect how much money is raised. “This year we are slightly handicapped by the NHL lockout,” said Pyette.
“Toronto loves its Leafs and the most attractive items have always been Leafs tickets and memorabilia. We still have a few of those items but not nearly as we would have had the lockout not taken place.”
In addition to hockey items, the auction, in its 33rd year, will also offer a pair of tickets to this Sunday’s Grey Cup, Blue Jays and Raptors tickets plus smart phones, jewellery, tools, golf items, vacation packages and more.
There’s even a high efficiency furnace valued at $5,000, the most expensive item on the block.
“We have a myriad of things,” said Pyette. “We need people to step up and watch so we can help the many causes we support.” The auction will be aired live on Fridayevening until midnight and all day and night Saturday.
For more information visit www.rotaryclubauction.com or call the auction’s info line at 416-508-8382.