West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day 2011: The benefit sales

May 14, 2011 at 9:08 am | In Community Garage Sale Day, West Seattle news | 7 Comments

(EDITOR’S NOTE: We are continuing to add photos to this update and others on WSB, which are grouped by category. For even more photos, sale by sale, each identified individually, go to westseattlegaragesale.com – sellers/buyers are also posting to facebook.com/westseattlegaragesaleday – thanks!)

On the West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day 2011 maps, you’ll find more than a dozen sales labeled BENEFIT – they’re raising money for a group, or a person. In the case of Sale #204, 9843 42nd SW in Arbor Heights, that’s longtime WSB’er “JanS,” above left, with daughter Jessica. Jan is facing a kidney transplant – for which they are hopeful Jessica might be a “living donor” match. Once she gets the operation, she won’t be able to work for a while, so Jessica and friends are raising money today to help with Jan’s living expenses. Here’s some of what they are selling:

Adding other benefits:
Sale #4: 1227 SW Othello, raising money for a friend in need

Sale #15: 7944 20th SW, raising money for Chief Sealth Int’l High School cheerleaders (photo above; bake sale, too!)
Sale #25: 4142 47th SW, with bake sale to fight breast cancer

(Sale #29 photo by Ellen Cedergreen for WSB)
Sale #29: 3000 California SW, raising money for West Seattle High School girls’ basketball team

(Lots of dresses, and lots of shoppers, at the Ruby Room benefit sale, #31)
Sale #31: $10 dress sale at Cherry Consignment benefits The Ruby Room, 4142 California SW
Sale #39: 4136 Beach Drive, multifamily sale, all proceeds to American Cancer Society
Sale #42: 5704 SW Winthrop, partial proceeds benefiting YMCA Foundation for Youth

(Sale #58 photo by Ellen Cedergreen for WSB)
Sale #58: 4030 55th Avenue SW, benefiting Amethyst Chapter #138, Order of the Eastern Star.

(Hot dogs at sale #67, photo courtesy Kelly @ Muttley Crew Cuts)
Sale #67: 4200 SW Admiral Way at Muttley Crew Cuts, benefiting English Springer Rescue America
Sale #79: Fundraiser for 3-Day Walk, at Hotwire courtyard (4410 California SW)
Sale #105: 4116 55th SW. Fundraiser for Susan G. Komen Walk for the Cure
Sale #120: 4003 53rd SW, Boy Scout Troop #284 benefit

(Amy at sale #126, photo by Ellen Cedergreen for WSB)
Sale #126: 3222 64th SW, benefiting lung-cancer research – sellers are organizing first Breathe Deep Seattle 5K, 8/13 at Lincoln Park
Sale #143: 2737 37th SW, proceeds benefiting PAWS

(Sale #156 photo by WSB’s Patrick Sand)
Sale #156: 3533 SW Elmgrove, benefiting Drillers softball team

Sale #176: 3204 SW Morgan, 2011 West Seattle Relay for Life multi-team benefit at Bridge Park – restrooms available for public use!
Sale #194: 3929 SW Elmgrove, benefit for Susan G Komen 3-Day
Sale #202: 5931 47th SW, benefits Foolscap SF Convention
Sale #204: 9843 42nd SW (featured above, benefit for kidney-transplant-awaiting patient)
Sale #210: 8436 Fauntleroy Way, benefits teacher scholarships

(Photo courtesy Sue Winter, who’s being helped at Sale #220 by Jordan Winter & Larisa Sulcs)
Sale #220: WestSide Baby fundraiser, selling Usborne Children’s Books outside The Little Gym, 7025 California SW

(Gary Potter from Potter Construction [WSB sponsor] at Sale #223)
Sale #223: 5606 California SW, benefits local and worldwide programs supported by Rotary Club of West Seattle and Rotarians everywhere.
Sale #225: 7400 Fauntleroy Way SW, Lincoln Park P-Patch

(Sale #251 – with what we believe to be the largest number of participants in a single sale!)
Sale #251: 10404 34th SW, Arbor Heights Co-op Preschool
Sale #252: 10251 41st SW, benefits Susan G Komen 3-Day, members of the fabled Team Tracy are raising money.

(Sale #153 photo by Patrick Sand)
Sale #253: 10455 42nd SW, for West Seattle Community Orchestras
Sale #254: 10435 28th SW, benefit for medical treatment not covered by insurance.
Sale #258: 10033 37th SW, benefits the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.


  1. As much as I fully support this… I really hope my wife doesnt come home with a full car of stuff :-)

    Comment by Velo_nut — 11:03 am May 14, 2011 #

  2. Looking for patio furniture and lawn tools. Any ideas?

    Comment by Terri — 11:24 am May 14, 2011 #

  3. Terri, have you checked on the Facebook page – for the last few days, lots of people have posted “here’s what we have, here’s what we are looking for” – http://facebook.com/westseattlegaragesaleday – TR

    Comment by WSB — 11:26 am May 14, 2011 #

  4. Thanks TR! I’ll take a look. BTW, this is a wonderful event!

    Comment by Terri — 11:29 am May 14, 2011 #

  5. Is this whole event really only 1 day? :( I can’t make it today and I’m so bummed! It seems like it would be more worthwhile to have it the whole weekend so that people who can’t come out on saturday, could come out on sunday…..

    Comment by Crystal — 11:59 am May 14, 2011 #

  6. Thanks, Crystal. Usually the day after WSCGSD is Mother’s Day – this year was a quirk – and nobody’s going to be out yard-saling, though we certainly could mention “if you decide to have a 2nd day of your sale we’ll mention that on the map.” Or maybe we’ll take a poll to see if people want to tack on an extra hour next year. Another organization started this and ran it the first three years, and the only thing we’ve changed since taking it over for 2008 and beyond was that we cut the fees and moved the registration and mapping online, but we haven’t really changed anything else. Thanks for the suggestion! – TR

    Comment by WSB — 1:07 pm May 14, 2011 #

  7. The guy with the stop sign waved it in front of my car as I was driving by. Reflexively I stomped on my breaks (it was a freaking STOP sign!) and nearly got rear ended.

    Find a better way to get people’s attention.

    Comment by Aaron — 5:16 pm May 16, 2011 #

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