Louis Bayard of Louis Leather is hoping to host fundraising yard sales this summer. (Priyanka Ketkar/The News)

Louis Bayard of Louis Leather is hoping to host fundraising yard sales this summer. (Priyanka Ketkar/The News)

Maple Ridge business hosts community yard sale

Louis Leather’s backyard turned into a spot to host live music and barbecue

Some community members in a downtown Maple Ridge came together during the weekend for a yard sale, live music, and barbecue.

On Saturday, Louis Bayard – of Louis Leather – opened up the area adjacent to his shop for community members for a yard sale of sorts in the hopes of bringing the community together.

“I asked community members to come and set up their own table, at no cost, and sell their goods,” he said.

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The yard sale saw several community members bring in their used household items. Among them, there was a table selling mint-condition Hot Wheels cars.

Hotwheels Bob, as the owner of these cars refers to himself, said he would be donating 25 per cent of the sales he made to the wildfire relief efforts. At the time of going to press, a final tally of how much Bob was able to raise, was not available.

Bayard had also arranged a barbecue and for CCR tribute band, Bad Moon Riders’ Mike Kelly, to perform live at the event to promote, and encourage passers-by to stop in and shop.

As the day progressed, the event saw several people stop in, shop, eat, and listen to Kelly perform.

“I am hoping to hold such yard sales throughout the summer to help bring the community together over weekends,” Bayard said, adding that he wants to give another platform to the vendors at the farmers market to sell on Sundays.

“We are always doing things to help the community; that’s the whole point of it all – helping the community, bringing the community together, and looking after each other’s backs,” he said, adding that he plans to hold another such event on Aug. 8.

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Louis Bayard of Louis Leather is hoping to host community for similar yard sales this summer. (Priyanka Ketkar/The News)

Shawn, Dena and Jesse of the Non-Judgmental Recovery group had a table at the yard sale. (Priyanka Ketkar/The News)

Louis Bayard of Louis Leather is hoping to host community for similar yard sales this summer. (Priyanka Ketkar/The News)