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10 days to go – West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day progress report

Posted by westseattlegaragesale on April 29, 2009

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The map gets built first in Google Maps before other work is done to turn it into the official guide. See all those markers? That’s what the peninsula looks like – before we were even HALF done inputting all the sales. Wow. Also interesting, reading all the sale listings as we drop them into the map – like this one:

NEWER, NICE items! Wife must part with stuff – not husband!

Glad to hear they’re staying together. Also noting some sellers are offering treats – and there are some unique items, like one sale offering a Toyota 4Runner.

P.S. Want to help distribute the official poster? It’s 11 x 17. Tack one up at your church, school, workplace (even if it’s not in West Seattle – we’re advertising this far and wide). Download it here.

Other notes of interest … there are at least two sales at ActivSpace (Harbor Ave just north of The Bridge) – Shotridge Studios and Riverhouse Creperie, which is offering free gelato if you “shop (there)” (on WSCGSD of course).

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Northwest Center and anything you don’t sell

Posted by westseattlegaragesale on April 28, 2009

Once again this year, Northwest Center is partnering with West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day to help you de-clutter if you happen to have any sale merchandise left over. Here’s the plan this year, from Northwest Center:

What to do with after-garage-sale stuff? – Why not visit Northwest Center’s West Seattle Donation Drop Off? NWC will be extending hours on Saturday, May 9th until 6:30 pm.

“The Big Blue Truck” is located in the Junction at the corner of 44th Ave SW and SW Edmunds, across from Uptown Espresso in the Diamond Parking Lot. Regular hours are Friday – Sunday 9 am – 5 pm. For a listing of acceptable donations visit their website at www.bigbluetruck.org. Please bag and box your items for the attendant. If you are interested in scheduling a pickup for the next week after the sale, click on “schedule a pickup” to enter your information. You will be contacted to schedule.

If you’re among the 180-plus sellers signed up for WSCGSD, you’ll get more Northwest Center info in the packet we’ll be mailing you at week’s end.

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Record-setting sale signups: Here’s who’s selling

Posted by westseattlegaragesale on April 27, 2009

We’ve listed the businesses, churches, nonprofits over at West Seattle Blog.

Sellers, note that we will send a packet at week’s end, so that you’ll get it at least several days before The Big Day – it will include your official participant placard/sign to add to your signage, display at your site, whatever you want to use it for, plus some info including Northwest Center donating tips.

If you need to cancel – Thursday is the latest we can get you off the preprinted map, because late Thursday/early Friday, we’ll be copying/printing it so we have copies ready to debut at the WSB table at the Sustainable West Seattle Festival in The Junction next Sunday.

Thanks to EVERYONE – we may wind up at or past 180 sales, which would be by far a WSCGSD record! In addition to working on the map right now, we’re also in the major marketing push – buying ads (including Google AdWords, so anybody searching for info on, for example, Seattle garage sales, will see an ad for WSCGSD), making event calendar listings, distributing another round of posters/flyers, etc.

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End-of-registration bulletin: 170+ sales!

Posted by westseattlegaragesale on April 26, 2009

The final tally is pending but we’ve passed 170 signups – by far the biggest West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day roster yet, with some big group/school/church/business/block sales too – Later today we start going through the signup stack and we’ll start sharing news on who’s in, as we put together The Map .. more to come!

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Hours left to register!

Posted by westseattlegaragesale on April 25, 2009

Mail-in registration is closed – today’s mail has already come! – but you can sign up online till 11:59 pm tonight: Here’s the direct link.9

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West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day record!

Posted by westseattlegaragesale on April 25, 2009

We’re up to 155 registered sales with less than 24 hours left to sign up … that’s 10+ more than last year, the previous record. Too late to mail in a form but not too late to sign up online (see the tab above). Over the weekend we’ll start talking about what’s in store – as we prepare The Map, which will be available starting on Sunday 5/3 at the West Seattle Blog table at the Sustainable West Seattle Festival in The Junction (and online right after the festival ends that afternoon). Get ready to sell, and shop, a LOT!

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137 sales signed up!

Posted by westseattlegaragesale on April 23, 2009

With two days to go, looks like we’re likely to break the record (set last year – the final total wiggled a bit with a last-minute cancellation – let us know ASAP if you signed up and have to cancel! – but it was about 147) … Starting tomorrow we’ll spotlight some of the folks who are planning sales. Schools, nonprofits, you name it, and the Hotwire courtyard alone – while it counts as 1 on the map – has 25 participants so far!

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Closing in on 110 sales, with four days to sign up …

Posted by westseattlegaragesale on April 21, 2009

That’s a big jump from last year, when we only hit 100 on the second-to-last day to register, so #110 was in the final batch … OK, OK, so we have a longer registration period this year. Still, it’s only natural to wait till the last moment. Now, a few reminders: When you register, please make sure you give us the correct mailing address, and indicate if the sale is at a different address – we are mailing everybody a packet, with your “official participant” sign plus some other information, and we need to make sure that gets to you well in advance of sale day. Also, just so you know, we are continuing to place ads around the area so as we move from registration to the two-week pre-sale publicity push, there shouldn’t be a bargain hunter within 100 miles who hasn’t heard of WSCGSD. So – you signed up yet?

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Registration countdown: Six days to go

Posted by westseattlegaragesale on April 19, 2009

West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day, May 9, 200911:59 pm next Saturday (April 25), we need to have your registration in hand – either online (which means if you start registering by, oh, say, 11:50 or so that night to get through the form and PayPal, you should be more than golden) or by postal mail (we’d suggest sending the form no later than Thursday) … We have those courtyard sales at Hotwire and C & P Coffee (check if there’s still room), we have school sales (including Roxhill and Gatewood Elementaries), block sales, estate sales, and dozens of great individual sales. Want to make a few extra bucks? Clean up and sell out! Er, outside, we mean. 9 am-3 pm Saturday, May 9th, is the date/time for the official West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day – our second year coordinating it, but this is the 5th annual WSCGSD!

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3 weeks till WSCGSD – 1 week left to register!

Posted by westseattlegaragesale on April 18, 2009

Close to 90 sales now, with one week of registration remaining. Our focus the past few days has been stepping up the marketing, now that we’re three weeks away from The Big Day – we’ve spent the past two days distributing the first wave of posters (we’ll have a revised poster once the registration period is closed, and we’ll post a link here so you can print one out if you want to put it up at work, school, wherever) and also starting to line up the advertising — just started with the granddaddy of ’em all, the Little Nickel (in print and online) … one of us worked for a similar publication many, many years ago and many, many miles away, so we have a soft spot for such things. But online is the most important way to get the word out now, and since we are major Facebook and Twitter users at West Seattle Blog, we’ve been utilizing those “channels” too. (On FB, become a fan of West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day – go here.)

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Update: 70 sales!

Posted by westseattlegaragesale on April 14, 2009

… and we haven’t even been to the mailbox yet today. But online registration is the way to go – see the tab above.

We were asked at last night’s Pigeon Point Neighborhood Council meeting, so what do you get for your registration fee?

Regional promotion – including your spot on The Map, and an “ad” of up to 10-words on The Map. As we’ve mentioned before, this is the FIRST major community-wide garage sale day in Seattle this year, so bargain-hunters will be dying to get out and shop (not to mention, economic belt-tightening makes garage saling more popular than ever). West Seattle will be THE place to be on May 9 — be part of it!

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50 sales registered already!

Posted by westseattlegaragesale on April 8, 2009

Faster pace than last year – and we have a longer registration period this time!

Also new – we have confirmation that Northwest Center will partner with West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day again this year, just in case you have stuff left over – the dropoff location in The Junction will stay open longer on The Big Day (May 9), for starters. More to come.

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Registration update, and more on 2 group-sale sites

Posted by westseattlegaragesale on April 7, 2009

First come, first served for the 20 spaces in the Hotwire Coffee courtyard on Garage Sale Day!!!!

Also offering space if you don’t have room for your own sale, C and P Coffee.

And don’t forget that signups are in full swing – more than 30 sales signed up now! Here’s how you can sign up too.

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2009 registration updates, after first weekend of signups

Posted by westseattlegaragesale on April 6, 2009

West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day, May 9, 2009Great 1st weekend for West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day registration for 2009 — 25 sales registered, including several group/block sales!

Speaking of which, we now have two locations, if you want to be part of the big day but don’t have a place for your own sale:

Hotwire Coffee: Get in touch with owner Lora about space in the courtyard

C and P Coffee: Talk with owner Cameron

Both are reachable through their shops, with info at their websites. In addition to an extended registration window (three full weeks this year), we’re adding another time-related improvement: More time to get/review the map. We’ll be promoting West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day at the Sustainable West Seattle Festival on the preceding Sunday, May 3, so it makes perfect sense to have the map ready in time to hand out at the festival — extra days to review it and plot your sale travels!

Ready to sign up? The forms are linked here (and within a day or two, we will also have a few locations listed for you to pick up a form in person, if you prefer).

And if you’re on Facebook – where West Seattle Blog has a lively group of friends as “WS Blog” – we’ve just created a WS Community Garage Sale Day page that you can “become a fan” of and participate in: Find it here.

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Online registration form now available for West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day!

Posted by westseattlegaragesale on April 4, 2009

In addition to the special in-person deal we’re offering if you come by and sign up in person (bring cash or check) at the Gathering of Neighbors today, we’ve also just launched the online registration form – find it here.

Or, if you prefer to print out a form and mail it in with your check, here’s the form you can use to do that (don’t try to print out the online form linked above – its special configuration won’t work that way).

Any questions? Leave a comment here or e-mail garagesale@westseattleblog.com – thanks!

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West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day 2009 registration begins today!

Posted by westseattlegaragesale on April 4, 2009

As mentioned in the previous post, we are starting with in-person registration, one-day one-time-only in-person discount, at the Gathering of Neighbors, 11 am-3 pm … come down and see us at Chief Sealth @ Boren. By midday, we will also have a link to the online form here too, as well as a link to a form you can print out. If you want to pick up a registration form, we’ll have a list of locations later this weekend where they will be available starting Monday.

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