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Annual Ingersoll yard sale has raised nearly $20,000 for breast cancer research

By Chris Funston, Woodstock Sentinel-Review

Mariette Bardoel announced that her 10th annual Yard Sale for the Cure would be her last. She has raised and donated nearly $20,000 to breast cancer research. (Chris Funston/Sentinel-Review)

Mariette Bardoel announced that her 10th annual Yard Sale for the Cure would be her last. She has raised and donated nearly $20,000 to breast cancer research. (Chris Funston/Sentinel-Review)

A decade of yard sales, a decade of helping to find a cure.

The annual Yard Sale for a Cure took place this past weekend in Ingersoll, raising funds for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.

Over the past nine years, the fundraiser has raised more than $17,525 for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. This year would be the last for host Mariette Bardoel.

“It's fun to do, but it's a lot of work. I thought 10 years was a nice round number,” she said.

The yard sale has grown tremendously since it first began. In its first year, the event raised $500; last year, it made $4,400. Before this year's event had even kicked off, $1,700 had been raised thanks to online sales.

Bardoel began hosting the event on her own but, as the event grew, so did the amount of help she needed in order to help set up, host and clean up.

This year's event saw Bardoel's driveway, garage and basement stocked with goods, not many of which were her own, as nearly all of it had been donated for the cause.

The weekend’s crowds represents how important it has been over the past 10 years. This year, Bardoel says she couldn't think to count the number of people who came through. When the event started Friday afternoon, Bardoel said there was about 50 cars parked on the road.

“It was insane,” she said.

Coby Smits is a breast cancer survivor who has been helping with the fundraiser for the past seven years. Even though it's a lot of work, she says it's worth it to see so many people come out and support the cause.

“It feels good. It feels powerful,” said Smits.

Bardoel said that she won't be going into yard sale retirement just yet, as she still plans on being involved with her church's yard sale. Whatever is left over from this event will be seen at Thamesford's town-wide yard sale in May.