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Garage Sale 2009 Recap

Tuesday, June 9, 2009 - ipd staff

IPD’s 26th Annual Open House Garage Sale Event Sets Record Attendance!
by Scott Hart, Volvo Division Leader

Over the past 26 years that we have put on this event we have had about 3 years with “perfect” weather. This was one of those years and probably had a lot to do with the great turn out we had.  Over 70 show quality Volvos squeezed into our parking lot and another 100 or more lined the streets and parking lots for several blocks around our shop. The models were pretty evenly spread with great stock and modified examples ranging from 1960’s 544 models all the way up to the latest R models.

Each year several new custom Volvo car creations come out of the wood work of the Northwest (“mossy jungles of the Northwest” would probably be more appropriate!) and this year was no exception.


Norbert Kist made some stealthy updates to his beautiful Black 850R(above), including a huge rear wing that came from one of the original Volvo BTCC race cars! Danny Melville showed up with “Evil Shenanigans” his 1998 S70 with a whole slew of new mods including the first ever Stage IV Vinyl Upgrade! We were also pleased to see a handful of newly completed vintage Volvo restorations including ipd’s original 1971 142E that we haven’t seen in 5 or 6 years!

Swap meet vendor attendance was down from 28 last year to 21 this year, thanks to e-bay and Craigslist I’m sure! The vendors we spoke with reported that there were a lot of tire kickers, but sales of used parts were down considerably compared to past events.

Special activities during this years event included 2 tech seminars put on by ipd’s R&D manager Robert Arnold and ipd customer Norbert Kist. They covered the complete range of do it yourself troubleshooting and diagnostics of OBD II equipped Volvos.

Each year our staff selects a local charitable organization to raise funds for during our open house event. This year we selected Family Dogs New Life Shelter  www.familydogsnewlife.org.  Proceeds from our auction and raffle event are combined and then ipd kicks in another 50%. 100% of it goes to the selected charity. This year we raised over $4,300 during our charity fundraiser. Special thanks to the David Douglas High School Cheer Squad for their hard work in selling raffle tickets all day.

Raffle and auction items are graciously donated by our suppliers. We’d like to take this time to thank the following ipd vendors who make this event possible. Voxx Wheels, WorldPac, Wheelskins, PIAA, APA Industries, Eibach, H&R Springs, Skandix, Bilstein Shock Absorbers, R-Sport International, MTE SWEDEN, Mac Neil WeatherTec mats, Pertronix Ignition Sytems, Motive Brake Bleeders. A big thanks to all of these companies for their continued support of our event and generous giving during these difficult economic times. We sincerely appreciate it!


Recap Video of the 2009 ipd garage sale


Time lapse video of this years Garage Sale


Kenny Watson and his 240 wagon


Over the past 26 years that we have put this event on we have had about 3 years with “perfect” weather. This was one of those years and probably had a lot to do with the great turn out we had.  Over 70 show quality Volvos squeezed into our parking lot and another 100 or more lined the streets and parking lots for several blocks around our shop. The models were pretty evenly spread with great stock and modified examples ranging from 1960’s 544 models all the way up to the latest R models.
 


Danny Melville showed up with “Evil Shenanigans” his 1998 S70 with a whole slew of new mods including the first ever Stage IV Vinyl Upgrade!
 


Each year several new custom Volvo car creations come out of the wood work of the Northwest (“mossy jungles of the Northwest” would probably be more appropriate!) and this year was no exception.
 


We were also pleased to see a handful of newly completed vintage Volvo restorations including ipd’s original 1971 142E that we haven’t seen in 5 or 6 years!
 


Swap meet vendor attendance was down from 28 last year to 21 this year, thanks to e-bay and Craigslist I’m sure! The vendors we spoke with reported that there were a lot of tire kickers, but sales of used parts were down considerably compared to past events.
 


Special activities during this years event included 2 tech seminars put on by ipd’s R&D manager Robert Arnold and IPD customer Norbert Kist. They covered the complete range of do it yourself troubleshooting and diagnostics of OBD II equipped Volvos.
 


Special thanks to the David Douglas Cheer Squad for their hard work in selling raffle tickets all day.
 


            Each year our staff selects a local charitable organization to raise funds for during our open house event. This year we selected Family Dogs New Life Shelter www.familydogsnewlife.org. Proceeds from our auction and raffle event are combined and then ipd kicks in another 50%. 100% of it goes to the selected charity. This year we raised over $4300 during our charity fundraiser.

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Community Comments

Thursday, June 11, 2009 - JOHN VUJOVICH

Folks, Thanks for posting these! Glad to see a lot of coverage of the older iron this time around (even though I'm an 855 type). Not an easy thing to host but you pulled it off again with aplomb! See ya again next year and keep adding new products!

Thursday, June 18, 2009 - JONATHAN

I would be interested to know why vendor attendance was down; IOW, I'm not sure of your assesment of why it was lower this year. Many of the prices of parts that were sold at the swap meet were much less than what you'd pay for on Ebay or Craigslist. That doesn't mean that parts aren't more available on those websites, though. *I* think there are other reasons for decreased vendor attendance: 1. High entry fee to sell in the swap meet ($30 per stall) means that you have to sell a lot of parts to make it worth your time to "rent" the stall. 2. The current state of the economy has people tightening their belts and spending less; both on the vendor and the buyer side. Some people that stopped by my stall were unbearably cheap and lowballed me beyond belief. 3. Parts for the newer (FWD) Volvos are still hard to find in the wrecking yards and they are not cheap (in comparison to parts for the older RWD Volvos). In turn, there are fewer RWD Volvos on the road as these cars become older and less affordable to fix/maintain. Also, it seems that most of the parts for the '93 and newer Volvos are coming from cars that people are parting out and not from junkyard finds. That's just my perspective... Anyhoo, thanks again to IPD for putting on this wonderful event - I really wish you could do it twice a year or make it a two-day affair. There really is not enough time in one day to see all the cars, talk to their owners, attend the tech sessions, stroll through the swap meet, etc. etc. etc. ###I do appreciate that you extended the time of the swap meet.### It made it a lot less stressful for me to try and get everything packed up at a frenetic pace.

Thursday, June 18, 2009 - AYALA TALPAI

Not enough fotos of 544's!! I'll hafta show up next year with the GirlFriend so as you folks could remedy that lack...

Wednesday, August 5, 2009 - DARTH R

Thanks IPD, This was my third time attending your garage sale. I had my manual T-5 ecu flashed while I was down there, its awesome, thanks for the discount by the way. Next year would you consider having a mobile dyno at your event, I would love to dyno my 855-R, and I know my friends would as well. Thanks again

Friday, August 20, 2010 - SVEN VAGHER

when and where is the next show? Email me at luvuzzo@gmail.com

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