Support Your Local Small Business!

We know it’s been a tough time for small businesses everywhere, but we are so proud of our community for their resilience and how they’ve adapted! We gave some of our favourite local businesses a call to see how they’re doing and we asked them how they have adapted to the social distancing regulations. Watch the video below to meet the incredible people behind these local businesses!

James spoke with Jordan Foss over at Steel & Oak. They have adapted by offering online ordering and home delivery service. You can order online here.

Denny spoke with Evan Moore over at Fit First Footwear. They have adapted by offering virtual shoe fittings. Schedule a zoom call to set up your own virtual fitting here.

Monica spoke with Riley Ableman at the St. James Well. You can still support them by ordering online for pick up or delivery! Order your next dinner here.

Adam spoke with Daniel English at Driftwood Athletics. Get in that home workout with one of their online crossfit classes. Contact them through their instagram page or check out their website here.

Lucas spoke with Amanda at Wow1day Painting. They are now offering free live virtual consultations! If you have any painting questions give them a call or visit their website here.

Make sure to support local and and if you check out one of these awesome businesses tell them we say hello!

 

How To Get Rid Of Unwanted Furniture And Junk

Getting a new home means you’re going to be moving. We’ve got some moving tips that will help make moving day easier and more enjoyable before the pizza and beer arrive.

Moving can be a stressful time especially if you’re packing and organizing your belongings in addition to working. One of the most stressful, and sometimes expensive, tasks are getting rid of unwanted items and large furniture.

To avoid some of the headaches we have compiled a list of the ‘go- to’ organizations and companies that will accept your donations, as well as some tips to help you sell your unwanted items.

Do you have a great company or organization that has helped you out, but isn’t on our list? Let us know.

MOVING TIPS TO SELL YOUR STUFF

The best ways to sell your items is an online website like CraigslistKijiji, or Ebay.

• Make sure to include a brief description & photos of the items. That will eliminate e-mails or calls from prospective buyers wanting more info or pictures.
• Add ‘OBO’ (Or Best Offer) if you are flexible on the price.
• Update your post daily (if possible) to keep your ad current. Don’t forget to take it down once your items are sold
• Beware of scammers!! Especially on Ebay. Always be careful opening attachments. If you think something smells fishy… it probably is.

MOVING TIPS TO GIVE AWAY YOUR STUFF

Donating or giving away your free items can be quite painless. But ridding yourself of larger items can be a challenge.
Fortunately, one person’s clutter is someone else’s treasure or an organization’s need.
Here are some great companies and organizations that will take your unwanted items (in good condition) whether by drop-off or home pick-up!

Click on the company logo for their website.

 Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver will provide pick-up service which you can book online. They also have convenient drop-off bins around the Lower Mainland. You can also book a pick-up online. Click here for items they accept.

 

 

 Developmental Disabilities Association accepts items like clothing, books, small housewares and bottles. They operate a number of donation bins around Metro Vancouver, and you can also book a pick-up online.

 

 

 Aunt Leah’s Place helps kids transitioning out of foster care and young mothers. They accept small apartment sized furniture, home decor, accessories, jewelry, and clothing. Donations go to support individuals and they also operate an Urban Thrift Boutique at 177 East Broadway in Vancouver. For information to donate, click on their donation guide.

 

 

 The Canadian Diabetes Association operates a Clothesline donation program that accepts gently used clothing and footwear as well as small household items and electronics. Click here for all the information you need to be able to make a donation or schedule a pick-up.

 

Monarch Place is a local transition house for abused women and families. They are often in need of gently used clothing for women and children, bedding and linens, kitchen utensils and small appliances.  Click here for more information on how to help.

 

 

Champagne Taste is the go-to furniture consignment store in Metro Vancouver. They are located on the corner of 11th St and Royal Avenue in New Westminster. They were the winners of 2010 Best Consignment Store and Best Customer Service so you know the ladies know their furniture.  For all the information on consigning, what they accept, and how to start click here.

 

 

 


The Salvation Army has convenient drop bins and thrift stores where you can donate clothing, household items, even furniture. They also offer a pick-up service.  For accepted items click here.

 

 

The Treasure Chest is a great local thrift store located in New Westminster. All donation revenue goes to the Canadian Mental Health Association. For more info and how to donate click here.

 

 

 

BASES Family Thrift Store BASES is a new thrift store in Burnaby that assists at-risk children and families in the Edmonds area. Proceeds from the thrift store will go towards programs at area schools such as breakfast and after-school programs, sports, music, arts and summer camps. They accept donations of clothing, household goods, countertop appliances and small furniture items, which can be dropped off at 7825 Edmonds St.

 

MOVING TIPS TO RECYCLE YOUR STUFF

Of course, not everything can be donated or is even worth donating. That’s where recyclers can help.

Metro Vancouver has a great site that allows you to input in the items/material you need to recycle and your location to provide you with a custom solution.

 

 

 

Getting rid of an old mattress can be difficult. This Richmond company will break your mattress down and recycle up to 90 per cent of its components.  Mattresses and box springs must be dropped off. They are located at 11571 Twigg Place. Click here for their current prices.

 

Canadian Mattress Recycling is based out of Annacis Island in Delta. They recycle mattresses, box springs, and metal bed frames as well as furniture like couches, armchairs and desk chairs. Items can be dropped off at #140-715 Eaton Way. Or pickup can be booked online.

 

The City of Burnaby offers a curb side pick up service for residents looking to dispose of large furniture items and appliances. The city also operates a large eco-centre for recyclables like scrap metal, plastics, cardboard boxes, paint, and batteries.

 

MOVING TIPS TO TAKE YOUR STUFF TO LANDFILLS

Vancouver Landfill rates and information

Metro Vancouver transfer stations/landfills.

How To Support Local Businesses during COVID-19

Now is the time to step up and support your local businesses! Covid-19 has affected thousands of New Westminster businesses and we can have a huge impact by helping them out. Consider purchasing a gift card from your favourite local restaurant, hair dresser, shop online for clothing, use contact-less pickup from a local pet store or order some girl guide cookies online!

James and Denny visited local New West businesses Bruncheria and Mila & Paige and asked them how this pandemic is affecting their business, what they are doing to adapt and how we can help. Watch the video below to find out!

**Video from March 16th, 2020

Our friends over at Sweet Legs New Westminster have started to compile a list of other local New West businesses we can support. Here it is:

  1. Sweet Legs New Westminster
  2. Origins Chocolate Bar
  3.  New West Music ⁣
  4. Another Beer Co
  5. Steel & Oak Brewing Co. ⁣
  6. Bruncheria
  7. Mila & Paige ⁣
  8. Vancouver Fashion Truck ⁣
  9. Good Omen
  10. Mindful Mutts ⁣
  11. Royal City Donuts
  12. Bosley’s by Pet Valu ⁣
  13. Unfurl Wellness ⁣
  14. Keenan Family Farms ⁣
  15. Kurt’s Tupperware ⁣
  16. Rocky Point Ice Cream ⁣
  17. Ca Croustille ⁣
  18. Hoochy ‘Booch Kombucha
  19. Your local Girl Guides
  20. Press Start Video Games
  21. Harmony Laser & Skincare
  22. IMPACT Parkinson’s Centre (selling hand sanitizer and raffle tickets to help save the centre which is also rented out by ZHOOSH Fitness Boxing & Kickboxing and Queens City Boxing
  23. Great Wall Tea Co.
  24. Zoom Hair Studio
  25. Pacific Breeze Winery
  26. The Refill Stop
  27. Pharmasave Columbia Square
  28. Old Crow Coffee Co.
  29. T&N Games
  30. The EyeSite New Westminster
  31. Bunches & blooms (offering contactless pickup)
  32. Piva
  33. El Santo 
  34. Alliance Motor Cars
  35. Cartwright Jewelers Ltd.

Lets continue to grow this list! If you own a business in New West or know of one that is offering online options, contact-less pick-up or delivery, we would love to add it to our list. Please send us an e-mail to info@gdrealestate.ca or message us on Facebook or Instagram!

Northbank Condos in Downtown New Westminster (Columbia St.)

Just released! Below is a little inside information for you on pricing, promotions and launch information.

01 Floor Plan – 1 bedroom – 630 sf – Starting in the $260,000’s
02 Floor Plan – 1 bedroom – 625 sf – Starting in the $270,000’s
03 Floor Plan – 2 bedroom – 847 sf – Starting in the $380,000’s
04 Floor Plan – 2 bedroom – 839 sf – Starting in the $390,000’s
05 Floor Plan – 1 bedroom – 652 sf – Starting in the $280,000’s
06 Floor Plan – 2 bedroom – 880 sf – Starting in the $360,000’s
TH01 Floor Plan – 2 bedroom – 1070 sf – Starting in the $350,000’s
TH02 thru TH08 Floor Plans – 3 bedroom – 1181 to 1321 sf – Starting in the low $400,000’s

There are two promotions available only to the first 30 purchasers in Northbank.
1) The first 30 homes that are sold in this development will receive a $3000 discount on 1 bedroom homes and a $5000 discount on 2 bedroom homes.
2) The first 30 purchasers will also only be required to put a total of 10% deposit prior to completion whereas the remaining purchasers will be subject to a 20% total deposit.

The deposit structure for this development is $5000 upon purchase, 5% of the purchase price (less initial $5000 deposit) due within 7 calendar days of vendor acceptance, 5% of purchase price due within 10 days of receipt of the Amendment to the Disclosure Statement and 5% of the purchase price due 60 days after the receipt of the Amendment to the Disclosure Statement.

Estimated completion of this development is 18 months or late 2013, but it is possible they will run closer to 24 months putting the completion into early 2014. There is a total of 100 apartment’s, 8 town houses and 1 commercial unit in this development totaling 109 strata lot’s.

Call me at 604.315.3300 for more details… sales are happening now.
CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW FOR FLOOR PLANS:
http://www.northbank.ca/pdf/NB-floorplans.pdf