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.