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Thanks for being part of West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day 2016!

Posted by westseattlegaragesale on May 15, 2016

Once again this year, we can wrap up WSCGSD with a participant-made time lapse … in this case, Sale #59, a carport sale in Fauntleroy. We hope you had some fun, despite the rain, the first time we’ve had a drop of precipitation on WSCGSD since our first year presenting it, 2008, when a shower moved through around 8 am and then made way for dryness. Guess the odds were going to catch up sooner or later. See our as-it-happened coverage here on WSB … and mark your calendar for May 13, 2017, second Saturday in May, as always, with registration opening in early April and lasting most of the month.

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Thank you for a spectacular 2015 WSCGSD!

Posted by westseattlegaragesale on May 10, 2015

What a day it was – and now it’s history – the first 300+-sale West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day. (341 was the final total, after a few last-minute cancellations.)

Not only was it sunny … the temp hit 80. (Not until after the official closing bell at 3 pm, but it was warm enough by then – at one of the last sales we visited, in Highland Park around 2:30 pm, we spotted someone walking by with an umbrella.) THANK YOU for a great time. Here’s something to close with: Danny McMillin made a time-lapse video of his Alki sale:

West Seattle Garage Sale 2015 from Danny McMillin on Vimeo.

Next WSCGSD is Saturday, May 14, 2016. We usually open in early April – so check back then! And enjoy some other neighborhoods’ garage-sale days in the meantime:

PhinneyWood Garage Sale Day (May 30, 2015)
Shorewood on the Sound’s Streets of Garage Sales (June 13, 2015)
Capitol Hill Garage Sale Day (August 9, 2015)

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Now just TWO days to West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day 2015!

Posted by westseattlegaragesale on May 7, 2015

Sunshine is still in the forecast – warm, too (high in the upper 70s) – so our tradition of perfect garage-saling weather continues. If you are somehow just finding out about this, Saturday, May 9th, is the day, 9 am-3 pm, 340+ sales of all sizes all over West Seattle!

Both the online map and printable map can be found here.

Lists we’ve published:
*Nonprofit/benefit sales
*Trivia from this year’s lineup
*Unusual items
*Memorable descriptions

Later today – block sales/multi-seller sites!

Also – for sellers and for people who might want the fun of shopping AND the fun of donation – our page listing “who’s accepting leftovers/donations” is now up and running. Wide array this time – dropoff, pickup, some open Sunday and beyond.

P.S. Any last-minute cancellations will be noted on the online map, and we will mention the sale #’s here too so that if you have printed out the downloadable version, you can scratch them off. So far, only two since the downloadable version went live – the online map is updated but for the printed version, please scratch out #42 and #219.

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180+ sales registered for 2015 West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day, as deadline approaches

Posted by westseattlegaragesale on April 18, 2015

Is your sale signed up? Or – got your shopping bags ready? West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day 2015 is just THREE WEEKS AWAY, coming up Saturday, May 9th, 9 am-3 pm, and more than 180 sales are registered. Deadline to sign up, if you’re having a sale, is this Thursday (April 23rd) – so go here when you’re ready. Thanks!

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West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day 2014: What a day!

Posted by westseattlegaragesale on May 11, 2014

The sun came out just in time and stayed out for most of the day (even when the clouds moved in, they did NOT rain on us) … thanks for being part of the 10th annual West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day. Every year there seems to be a photo epitomizing the quirky joy of garage-saling on the big day, and this one came in via Twitter:

Next WSCGSD – May 9, 2015. From time to time inbetween sale days, we’ll update this page with info on other sale days (Greenwood has theirs next Saturday, May 17th, for example). We’ll also be checking in the week ahead to see how generous sellers and shoppers were with their post-sale donations. Thanks again!

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Another option for donations during/after WSCGSD

Posted by westseattlegaragesale on May 8, 2014

The Shop ‘n’ Shop Thrift Shop below the Senior Center of West Seattle wants you to know:

During and after the West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day, the West Seattle Senior Center’s Stop n Shop Thrift store will be taking donations of any unwanted and unsold garage sale merchandise during extended business hours of 10-7 pm. The Stop n Shop Thrift shop will have extra volunteers on staff to help you unload your unsold items so you don’t have to drag them back into your homes! All proceeds from donated items help to fund the Senior Center’s many wonderful programs and opportunities for our local seniors. Please consider us before you put all that unwanted stuff back into your garage. Just pull up out front or back, we’ll do all the rest. Thank you!

Out back would be the alley running south of Oregon between California and 42nd.

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Who wants sale ‘leftovers’? Lots of people! Here’s where/when to find them

Posted by westseattlegaragesale on May 11, 2013


Of course we hope that it’s another wildly successful WSCGSD and that you sell every last item you put out. But in case you don’t: For the 9th annual West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day this Saturday (5/11/2013), three nonprofits have volunteered to accept dropoffs during and after the later hours of the sale, with special sites and hours. (And, we’ve added a school looking for books.) Here’s who, where – and what they are looking for:

WESTSIDE BABY: WS Baby’s “Spring Clean Drive” is culminating on this day and they’ll have donation collection trucks at these locations (not just for WSCGSD sellers with leftovers, but for anyone who wants to donate):

9 am – 5 pm, Hotwire Online Coffeehouse, 4410 California Ave SW, in the West Seattle Christian Church parking lot behind Hotwire (enter alley off SW Genesee St.) **THIS IS ALSO A WSCGSD GROUP SALE SITE**

1-5 pm, Admiral United Church of Christ, 4320 SW Hill, (just west of California)

1-5 pm, Fauntleroy United Church of Christ/Fauntleroy Y, 9140 California Ave SW

Also, the WS Baby operations center in White Center will be open until 6 pm to receive donations, 10027 14th Ave SW.

Details: We’d love your gently used newborn – size 12 children’s clothing and baby equipment like car seats, strollers, high chairs, portable cribs. For a complete list of items we accept, go to Programs and Services.

NORTHWEST CENTER: Their regular dropoff spot in The Junction will be open later, till 6:30 pm, on sale day (Saturday, May 11th, only). Along SW Edmunds between California SW and 44th SW, parking lot south of Chase Bank drive-through. Here’s what they are accepting; if you’d like to schedule a Big Blue Truck pickup next week or beyond, here’s the information on that.

STOP N SHOP @ WEST SEATTLE SENIOR CENTER: Staying open until 7 pm on sale day (Saturday, May 11th, only) to accept donated items. 4504 California SW. Here’s a list of what Stop ‘n’ Shop is looking for.

Thanks for your generosity!

ADDED MAY 10th: Denny International Middle School is welcoming book donations – we just got the information:

Denny International Middle School Is Seeking Book Donations

West Seattle garage sale participants, are you interested in donating books to West Seattle public schools?

From: Principal Jeff Clark, Denny International Middle School
Date: May 11, 2013
Subject: Book Donations for Students
To: Participants in West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day


Motivating and exciting students is an important part of education at Denny International Middle School and the other schools in West Seattle. One of the easiest ways to motivate students to read is to have books they are excited about reading. We are seeking donated books to help us to match each student to many appropriately-leveled high-interest books. Your book donation would help us with our efforts.

How You Can Help:

You can drop off books at any of three locations.

1. Roxbury Bowling Lanes, 2823 Roxbury St, 935-7400, from 11 AM to 7 PM, thru May 15th
Note: Roxbury Lanes, as part of its support for the Seattle community, will give a certificate good for two people for two free games of bowling for any book donation over 20 books.

2. Hotwire Coffee – 4410 California Avenue SE, any time during open hours thru May 15th.
Note: Hotwire coffee, as part of its support for the West Seattle community, will give a certificate good for $1 off any purchase at Hot Wire to the first 25 people who drop off 10 or more books.

3. Denny International Middle School, 2601 SW Kenyon St, 252-9000. Drop off at the front desk,
from 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM Monday to Friday, thru May 17th.

Some books may be more suitable for older or younger readers. We plan to sort the donated books and find appropriate places for them, including local elementary schools, Chief Sealth International High School, and the West Seattle Senior Center.

Thank you very much for considering book donation to help the scholars of West Seattle Schools!

We are also always looking for other ideas to encourage educational development. Please email your ideas to the person who developed this idea, jpotratz2@aol.com Thanks!

ADDED SATURDAY AFTERNOON: Arbor Heights Elementary has an event coming up in a few weeks at which it will accept donated items:

Got Garage Sale Leftovers? Bring your items to raise money for Arbor Heights Elementary!

Please consider donating your garage sale leftovers to ARBOR HEIGHTS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL on JUNE 1 at the Annual Spring Carnival (3-6 pm).

The school is doing a drive for all gently used clothing, and household items and even small furniture under 50 pounds will be accepted. The school will receive 10 cents per pound for these donations. Please come on by — the school is located at 3701 SW 104th St and enjoy the Carnival while doing something fantastic for your community!

Link to flyer – http://bit.ly/17aLRFr

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WSCGSD 2010, the aftermath: Picture of the day?

Posted by westseattlegaragesale on May 10, 2010

A shopper, photographed by a seller. Thanks to everybody for the feedback, constructive as well as complimentary … this was our third year of presenting/coordinating West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day, after founding organization Megawatt created it and carried it through the first three years, and we tweak it a bit every year. Hoping to find a better way to make the map next time around, to ensure nobody ever gets clipped from the westernmost shores of West Seattle to the easternmost slopes … also wondering if the second Saturday is the best day … it’s conflicted with Seattle Maritime Day every year … maybe the third Saturday is better? Any thoughts, leave comments, and thanks again for being a shopper, seller, reader, whatever.

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WSCGSD 2010, the aftermath: 1 man, 52 sales!

Posted by westseattlegaragesale on May 8, 2010

Brian reported on Facebook that he’d been to 52 of today’s almost-200 sales – we asked how in the world he managed that, and here’s his reply:

“I was on my scooter which allowed me to move fast through neighborhoods. There were several stops where there were three yard sales at one stop and lots of unofficial yard sales next to each other. I saw only one official yard sale sign posted. I ran out of money and went home. I spent five hours riding around so it worked out to 10.4 an hour or six min per stop. Many of the sales I could stop at the curb and view all the stuff and just take off. I avoided lots of traffic jams and parking issues by not being in a car. At one yard sale a guy thought my bike was for sale because I parked on the side walk. I started up in Gatewood neighborhood and worked my way all the way down to the junction. “

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And … it’s a wrap!

Posted by westseattlegaragesale on May 8, 2010

Stand by for some aftermath info, including a reminder about places you can donate unsold items.

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Thanks again for participating in WSCGSD ’09!

Posted by westseattlegaragesale on May 22, 2009

The prize judging slid a bit – OK, a lot – and we’ll be announcing that shortly. Meanwhile, hope you have marked your calendar for next year: May 8, 2010.

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2009 West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day, the aftermath

Posted by westseattlegaragesale on May 9, 2009

Comments? Ideas? Open thread of sorts here – plus we’re opening this post to add some aftermath items such as, “found” items we’ve just heard about — for starters, here’s information about some keys that were found. Also, a box with money and kids’ sunglasses.

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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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Tales from Sale Day 2008

Posted by westseattlegaragesale on May 19, 2008

Some area bloggers wrote about their experiences on West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day May 10th. Here are links to their posts:

Me Blog
Straight from the Container
Yard Sale Bloodbath
Nerd’s Eye View (whose writer won one of our contests)
Uplifting Arts
Leo’s Outlook

Mass-yard-sale withdrawal? Check out the first-ever Capitol Hill Garage Sale Day on June 14, sponsored by Capitol Hill Seattle.

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And the 2008 winners are …

Posted by westseattlegaragesale on May 12, 2008


As you might recall, for our first year as organizers of West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day (the 4th-annual edition was this past Saturday), we added a couple contests to the mix, asking entrants to e-mail us photo entries by mid-afternoon today. That big bag of duck decoys shown above is the “Most Unusual Item” winner (open to shoppers as well as sellers) — Pam (who writes Nerd’s Eye View) reports she found it at the alley sale near 37th/Holden. Pam gets a Hotwire Coffee (WSB sponsor) card. Meanwhile, we promised two prizes in the contest with the most entries, and that was “Best Sign” — our winners are:


Cheryl gets the Illusions Hair Design (WSB sponsor) gift certificate for that sign promoting the sale that raised money for her upcoming participation in the Breast Cancer 3-Day Walk (Sept. 12-14; her fundraising page is here; you’ll recall the 3-Day came thru West Seattle last year – WSB coverage here). And the other “Best Sign” winner:


That’s Val, who proudly reports about her sign, “Please note: all materials used were recycled from a party a couple of years ago, nothing was purchased!” Val gets a gift certificate from the new Body Bar dayspa. And we have one more bonus prize:


Ashley, who joined other sellers in the Hotwire courtyard, was the only person to enter BOTH contests; we have a Hotwire coffee card for her too. The photo shows her beautifully lettered sign (her candidate for “Most Unusual Item” was betta-fish tanks she offered for sale). Congratulations to all (we’ll e-mail the winners to make arrangements for delivering prizes); thanks to Hotwire, Illusions, and Body Bar for donating the prizes; thanks to everyone who was part of West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day; stand by for an online survey we’ll be setting up within a few days, and mark your calendar for the 5th annual WSCGSD on May 9, 2009!

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A sale worth checking out next Friday-Saturday

Posted by westseattlegaragesale on May 12, 2008

Here’s the announcement:

Yard Sale Fundraiser
Youth Group Mission Trip to Mexico
May 16 & 17th 10 am-5 pm
42nd & Genesee

Tons of quality items, old and new – furniture, kitchen kitsch, kids stuff,
household items.

Proceeds go to support a group of teenagers from West Seattle Christian Church who
will be traveling to sunny Mexico this summer – but not to relax on the beach – no
these troopers will be driving the long journey down to Tijuana, Mexico to build a
house for a needy family.

Most teens are planning for their summer break right about now – Horse Camp, Space
Camp, Gymnastics Camp, Theater Camp, or perhaps a family trip to Disneyland or
Hawaii, these kids have decided to sacrifice comfort for an opportunity to give
back, to serve a family that they haven’t even met yet, in the heat of July. Part
of the experience is for these kids to pay their own way – approx. $950.00 This
will truly be a life-changing experience for these kids.

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Post-Garage Sale Day loose ends

Posted by westseattlegaragesale on May 11, 2008

*Get the photo entries for the contests in by Monday afternoon – garagesale@westseattleblog.com – winners will be announced here and at West Seattle Blog by late night Monday

*Mark your calendar for next year: Saturday, May 9, 2009

*This site will stay up in the interim as an archive of 2008 West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day, till it’s time after the first of the year to rev it up for 2009, at which time we’ll freshen some of the pages.

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Thanks for a great day! Plus, if you’re donating leftovers …

Posted by westseattlegaragesale on May 10, 2008

The 4th annual West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day is in the rear-view mirror – and so far sounds like a pretty good time was had by all (or at least, most!). We’ve got an open thread for comments over at West Seattle Blog. Meantime, if you are a seller with leftover items to donate, please refer to the materials that came in your postal-mail packet for instructions on how to book a pickup with Northwest Center – or remember, their donation location in The Junction (northeast corner of 44th/Edmunds, next to the WaMu drive-thru) is open till 6:30 tonight!

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