PHOTOS: On-the-road coverage of West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day 2013

May 11, 2013 at 9:04 am | In Community Garage Sale Day, West Seattle news | 21 Comments

LINKS: Web map here * Mobile map, here * Printable list/map here * WSCGSD on FB here

9:04 AM: The shopping and selling has begun! We’re on the road to stop at some of the participating sales in the biggest West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day yet. We start at Sale #229, by and benefiting the Lincoln Park P-Patch (7400 Fauntleroy Way SW, but it’s actually a half-block up Webster, east of the tennis courts. Lots of plants, in addition to assorted items – and, as you see in our photo, rhubarb! Next stop, Sale #232, which promises more than 30 years of Christmas decorations, and we found a table full of them:

They’re on a dead end up Trenton (and then a northbound turn) a few blocks east of Fauntleroy, 8730 43rd Place SW. Next: Our first seller-contributed photos:

9:22 AM: Sheryll shares that collage of photos from her sale, #9, at 7125 Shinkle in the High Point area. And from just south of The Triangle, in the Fairmount neighborhood, Sharonn‘s selling art:

She’s part of the block sale at #187; street address on the map is 4745 37th SW. While receiving these photos, our photographer is out of the WSB mobile newsroom, checking out the southernmost group site, C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), and spotted this treasure:

C & P is Sale #218, at 5612 California SW.

9:49 AM: The photo above is courtesy of Joe, who writes, “It’s on!” His house is host to Sale #184, at 9813 32nd SW. Thanks for displaying the “official sale” sign! Meantime, a mile or so north of Joe at 8133 32nd SW, Valerie at Sale #206 shared this photo of one of her items – a propane fire pit – via the WSCGSD Facebook page:

Sale #186 has its own on-site cheerleaders!

Thanks to Laura for sharing that photo – she’s at 3108 SW Webster and says they’re offering “TVs, Epson scanner, spinner bike, (2) 12″ Torker girls bikes, solar lights, lemonade stand, girls clothes and shoes, marmoleum and bamboo flooring, juiceman, lamps …” Next photo is from Brooke, who reports that “People are in a great mood. The weather is mild and stuff is selling.”

Brooke’s sale is #192, at 5456 35th SW.

10:12 AM: Into the second hour of WSCGSD! We’ve just left a hub of selling on the north end of The Junction. One of the sites – Seattle Lutheran High School:

They are Sale #61, in the SLHS gym, just downhill (east) on SW Genesee from 42nd SW. The corner of Genesee and California is where you’ll find Sale #57, the Hotwire Online Coffeehouse/Ginomai (artist studios) group site on the southeast side of the intersection – this is just the east side of that two-courtyard sale:

On that side, in the Ginomai lot, we found this intriguing collection for very-small-car fans:

Hotwire is also a dropoff spot for WestSide Baby, which is one of the nonprofits welcoming unsold items today – look for the truck!

(Details on the nonprofits interested in leftovers, where they are, and what they are looking for, can be found here.) Across the street on the northeast side, you’ll find a big sale right outside Firefly Café and Creperie (WSB sponsor), which is Sale #54 on the map (items are on the California side too).

10:39 AM: Heading north, we stopped to say hi to repeat participants in WSCGSD – the West Seattle High School girls’ basketball team! Thanks to Metro League Coach of the Year Sonya Elliott for getting the team involved again this year:

They are really hoping to sell the air-hockey table that’s behind the sign-holders in our photo! The WSHS sale is in the parking lot at 3000 California SW; on the map, that’s Sale #67.

11:11 AM: Third hour of West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day – we’ve just stopped by the Log House Museum on Alki, 61st/Stevens, and noted it’s not all West Seattle memorabilia:

Those are volunteers Kerry and Bob with a Beatles “Revolver” T-shirt – also seen, memorabilia from “A League of Their Own.” The museum (a great place to visit any time) is Sale #70 on the map. Meantime, we have more seller-contributed photos to share, too:

That’s from Sale #7 at 8816 16th SW, a benefit for the Trejdeksnītis Latvian folk dance group, which is raising money for travel. Also out of the WSB inbox, Michell‘s photo from Sale #80:

“We have a lot of kid stuff,” she reports. Her sale is at 4732 47th SW, in the alley between 46th and 47th.

11:47 AM: Above, that’s the big Girl Scout Troop benefit sale (#166) at 3229 Harbor Avenue SW. Multiple sellers, and even snow cones:

Meantime, if you haven’t left the house – even though rain is supposedly in TONIGHT’S forecast, today has just continued to get better – sunny, warm, a few thin clouds overhead. On to the second half of WSCGSD!

12:06 PM: Just stopped by to see Arthur (above) at Sale #4, south of Delridge Playfield at 4717 25th SW. Things were a little slow but he said he’s had a great time meeting neighbors (something we often hear about WSCGSD). Right before that, we pulled over in Luna Park to photograph Ola Salon‘s sale benefiting their neighbor, Transitional Resources:

That’s Sale #164 (2942 Avalon Way), part of a major campaign by Ola to support TR, which helps people living with mental-health challenges.

12:24 PM: Our next stop – the photo above – has some sentimental value. The West Seattle Tool Library sent people out looking for tools during WSCGSD three years ago, just before they launched. Now they are a widely admired success with so many tools, they’re selling some today – 4408 Delridge Way SW, on the northeast side of Youngstown Cultural Arts Center (there’s an off-street parking lot adjacent, if needed). The Tool Library is Sale #5 on today’s map. From there, we headed southeast into Puget Ridge:

Antique sewing machines are some of what you’ll find at the 23-household-community Duwamish Cohousing sale, on the dead end at 6000 17th SW – you can also access across from South Seattle Community College (WSB sponsor) in the same block of 16th, according to their listing (Sale #6).

12:48 PM: In the Admiral District, lots of tools, among other items, at 44th/Walker – thanks to Manuela for the photo from Sale #17! In North Admiral, at the northernmost sale on the WSCGSD map:

That’s Nate, at Sale #66, in the alley between 44th and 45th just north of SW Atlantic. His stuff includes what we really can only describe with all the old terms we didn’t see much of in this year’s descriptions – bric-a-brac, knick-knacks, geegaws, even tchotchkes. Even a Mr. Spock PEZ dispenser.

1:22 PM: Check the WSCGSD FB page for people announcing discounts and price cuts as we get to the final fourth of the official sale hours (some are staying open later, too).

1:53 PM: We’re in The Triangle and just stopped by Alki Lumber, Sale #194, 4422 36th SW. They’re still cooking up hot dogs to benefit West Seattle Pee Wee baseball – and the wheeling-and-dealing includes a discount on those, too. Judy Sweeney‘s at the grill:

We’ve had WSB contributing photojournalist Nick Adams out roving too, and we’ll have some photos to add later. Once 3 pm hits, we’ll talk more about the nonprofits that have special dropoff spots for anything that didn’t get sold.

2:55 PM: We’re back at Hotwire/Ginomai for the segue from sale wrap-up (almost 40 sellers in the courtyard here) to leftovers drop-off.

But the bargaining goes on till the last minute – within earshot of the Hotwire patio, we just heard somebody haggle a metal basket down to $1 and walk away happy. The stuff garage sales are made of! P.S. For sellers – here’s the info on who’s got special places and times through tonight (and a few beyond) for you to drop off any leftovers you don’t want to keep. P.P.S. More photos to add this evening!

ADDED: You can see those photos by going here.

21 Comments

  1. Just a heads up, we had some 7 Jeans stolen from our garage sale this am. Heavy set woman took 4 pairs of 7 Jeans. When it gets crowded I guess we have to keep alert for people walking off with items.

    Other than that WSGS is going great!

    Comment by John — 10:10 am May 11, 2013 #

  2. Is there anyplace(s) we can donate unsold stuff today after 3pm? I don’t want to haul it all back inside. :)

    Comment by Joe Szilagyi — 12:13 pm May 11, 2013 #

  3. Joe – that was part of the e-mail we sent to sellers – but here’s the short answer: YES. WestSide Baby has multiple dropoff spots. Northwest Center is keeping its Junction truck there later. Stop-n-Shop at the Senior Center wants stuff AND Denny and Arbor Heights schools are latecomers with specific requests (AH is so new, I haven’t even added their info yet) … what info we have up including locations and times is here (and we’ll have a breakout story toward midafternoon):
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    http://westseattlegaragesale.wordpress.com/2013/05/06/sellers-three-nonprofits-seeking-any-leftovers-on-saturday
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    Will be adding the AH info when we get home for a lunch break shortly. It’ll be on that same link for easy reference. – TR

    Comment by WSB — 12:41 pm May 11, 2013 #

  4. Hey we still have the retro pink kitchen with food and princess dishes! Follow the salsa music to the alley behind 4732 47th ave sw

    Comment by Michell — 1:36 pm May 11, 2013 #

  5. Don’t forget about us over in Arbor Heights! We still have some plus size women’s clothing, plus size men’s, t-shirts for nerds, as well as shoes, baby items, kitchen and glasswares! Come on by 9813 32nd Ave SW!

    Comment by Andi — 1:49 pm May 11, 2013 #

  6. If you are out and about finding deals, or have “left overs”, keep our school in mind! STEM staff & teachers are on the lookout for the following items:

    -Garden Tools (shovels, trowels, rakes, tarps, pots, watering cans, etc)
    -Match Box Cars
    -LEGOS
    -Music Items (small instruments, percussion, books about music, etc)
    -Math Games
    -Building toys and materials
    -Art and craft supplies (Beads, felt, feathers, etc)
    -Baskets for storage
    -Collections of science-themed items, such as rocks or bugs, in display cases

    See anything else that seems STEMy? Chances are there is someone at the school who could make use of it!

    You can drop it by STEM (on Delridge during school hours) or message me and I’ll come get it from you!

    Thanks!
    STEM PTA peps

    Comment by wsmama3 — 2:14 pm May 11, 2013 #

  7. Today is wonderful! Thank you WSB for all the work you put into the event and to everyone who had sales. We found a couple gems and it was so fun to meet people and roam around the neighborhood. Great time!

    Comment by k — 3:20 pm May 11, 2013 #

  8. Garage Sale Haiku

    Motley treasure trove
    Cast off conglomerations
    More than one man’s junk

    Comment by anti-obstruction — 3:32 pm May 11, 2013 #

  9. Buy something this year, sell it next year…we all just borrow each others junk for a while.

    Comment by chris — 4:00 pm May 11, 2013 #

  10. It would be amazing if everyone reported all their total sales to see just how much commerce took place today. Couldn’t have asked for better weather!

    Comment by LStephens — 4:59 pm May 11, 2013 #

  11. We have been lucky with WSCGSD weather. No rainouts in the six years we’ve presented/coordinated it. A brief shower early in the day in 2008, the first one after we took it over, and that’s it. Looking forward to May 10th, 2014! – Tracy

    Comment by WSB — 5:10 pm May 11, 2013 #

  12. All the stuff gone that I left out with a Free sign–all things that weren’t in acceptable condition for donatations. Glad they could be saved from the dump!

    Comment by gina — 5:27 pm May 11, 2013 #

  13. WSB, you are the BEST! You put so much work into helping make this happen with and for our community. Thank you!!

    Comment by Trileigh — 6:06 pm May 11, 2013 #

  14. Sell your unsold books to the local used bookstores!

    Comment by WSeaSteinbeck — 7:08 pm May 11, 2013 #

  15. Hey, Andi- Any nerd-shirts left? I’m just a few blocks form you and can dash over if you want them to come live with me!

    = )

    Comment by ocean — 8:41 pm May 11, 2013 #

  16. MEGA THANKS Tracy and Patrick!!!

    Comment by Maryann — 9:21 pm May 11, 2013 #

  17. Thanks is not enough for the HUGE effort y’all put into all this. Our house thanks you for finally having our patio fully decked out, a kitchen table at last, and so much more!

    Comment by FreGirl — 11:30 pm May 11, 2013 #

  18. Good to hear!

    Comment by WSB — 11:32 pm May 11, 2013 #

  19. Hey Maryann: MEGA WHAT?!
    love, L & Q

    Comment by Libby — 9:35 am May 12, 2013 #

  20. Would it be possible to consider shifting the sale to Saturday on the weekend BEFORE or AFTER Mother’s Day? It sure makes it hectic if you are having a house full of company on Sunday to put in the effort required to have a successful sale on Saturday. Does anyone else agree with this idea?

    Comment by Holly Schmid — 1:14 pm May 14, 2013 #

  21. Someone left their little Thomas train Neville in our yard. 44th and Juneau. Is it yours?

    Comment by S. — 4:22 pm May 14, 2013 #

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