Happening now: West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day 2014 on-the-road coverage – sales of all sizes, all over WS!

May 10, 2014 at 9:09 am | In Community Garage Sale Day, West Seattle news | 20 Comments

LINKS: Web map here * Mobile map here * Printable list/map here * Updates on WSB FB here

9:09 AM: Again this year, we’ll be out and about photographing some of today’s 280 West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day sales, and incorporating your photos too, as well as updates. We start at Sale #245 (4211 SW Sullivan, photo above), which happens to be the closest to WSB HQ – lots of kids stuff (remember you can be part of the WestSide Baby Shopping Squad, buying kid stuff and donating same-day) – and now we’re hitting the road. But first, just in via Twitter:

You can tweet a photo too – we’re at @westseattleblog.
9:23 AM: Two sellers just did:

(The tweet above is from sale #230, 5033 41st SW, and they add, “We have donuts!”)

9:32 AM: Lots more participation in eastern West Seattle this year – we just checked out multiple-household Sale #13 at 8659 Delridge (just north of Trenton) – billing themselves as “the best-looking garage sale crew you’ll see all day” – Sarah, Michael, Kenna, and Jeremy:

From Sale #51 at 2336 44th in North Admiral, via Facebook:

E-mailed by Myrna at Sale #72 (in the garage off the alley at 3612 48th SW):

We meantime have headed southwest – including a stop at one of the westernmost sales, #227 at 9821 51st Ave SW, pretty good traffic though it’s down a long and winding road almost to the Sound. They’ve already sold half their outdoor stuff, but there’s more inside:

Reports like this are fun too:

10:04 AM: Second hour! At the Taproot School benefit sale inside the historic Fauntleroy Schoolhouse, we just met Spider-Man.

(He also goes by Austin.) And in Arbor Heights, we stopped by Sale #150 at 99th and 35th:

Even further south, an invitation via Twitter:

Meantime, we just stopped by the Lincoln Park P-Patch benefit sale (the P-Patch is at Solstice Park behind the tennis courts across from the park’s north end), #236.

Not only do they have plants – a bake sale, too.

10:46 AM: A friendly helper awaits you at Sale #121 at 4048 56th SW:

Thanks to Jill for e-mailing the photo! Options on Alki and Beach Drive this year – among them, the Log House Museum benefit sale:

That’s Sale #138 at 61st/Stevens. Clay sent the photo. Not far away, we stopped at a sale that’s been part of West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day for each and every one of its 10 years:

Raising money for the American Cancer Society (via Relay for Life), that’s Sale #83 at 4136 Beach Drive, just south of Weather Watch Park. Lots of sales on Beach Drive this year – just browse the map! We headed on northeastward around the shore, and stopped right across from Seacrest (home of the West Seattle Water Taxi and WSB sponsor Marination ma kai) at Sale #178, 1617 Harbor Drive:

So glad the weather is behaving!

11:25 AM: Thanks to Denette for this photo from Sale #74, a multifamily sale at 3442 40th SW:

We’ve just taken another swing through eastern West Seattle – starting with Sale #10 on Pigeon Point (3814 20th SW), the northeasternmost sale this year, in a just-renovated 105-year-old house!

Go say hi to Eric and Sarah. Quirky item spotted at their sale – a Coca-Cola bottle from China.

Toward the southeastern end of West Seattle, Kathrine sent this photo from Sale #18, which seems to encapsulate all you can find at a yard sale, all in one frame:

You’ll find that sale at 8816 16th SW. Inbetween the two aforementioned sales is the Delridge Grocery Co-Op benefit sale:

They’re raising money to open a grocery store in the 5400 block of Delridge Way later this year – the sale is just south of their future site, in the open space at 5448 Delridge, #30 on the WSCGSD map. A few blocks south, Straight Blast Gym (WSB sponsor) has a big sale going, raising money for scholarships. Look for the signs outside and near 5050 Delridge Way SW.

Inside the gym:

Next – from Twitter, Sale #232 at 6050 42nd SW is looking for YOU:

Now headed into the second half of WSCGSD!

12:31 PM: More of the photos you’ve shared on the WSB Facebook page and via e-mail. From the former, a high-fashion item:

That’s a Gloria Sacks velvet jacket available at Sale #11, 8438 8th SW. Cool people and good stuff all over eastern West Seattle. P.S. Thanks to everyone who’s sharing not only the address but their map number when sending/posting photos.
1:05 PM: Been to Seaview? Melody at Sale #201 says they still have “awesome things” – this is a GARAGE sale, on the alley:

6303 45th SW. Not far south, Christine sends a photo, from “A quiet moment at sale #153 in the Gatewood area. Selling girls’ Specialized bikes, kids’ lemonade stand, demilune table, and more!”

Christine’s sale will be open until 5 pm – while the official WSCGSD hours are 9 am-3 pm, as long as sellers are open for those hours, it’s up to them if they want to also list earlier and/or later hours, and some do (check the map and the listing packet).

1:30 PM: An hour and a half left for most of the sales, which is still tons of time to at least get out into your expanded neighborhood – might be a neighbor with a sale just a block or two away. From comments: “#157 still has lots of baby clothes and more left. Great prices” – that’s in the High Point area, 5630 34th SW. Meantime, one of the sales that’s posted photos on the WSB FB page, #126 at 2715 49th SW, calls itself “sale of the century” and the “mother of all yard sales”:

They put out tents this morning just in case – the weather, however, has been perfect, not too hot, not too cold. Clouding over a bit now, but we still see blue-sky breaks.

2:07 PM: Last hour – we’ve just stopped at West Seattle High School (Sale #69, 3000 California SW), where a fundraising sale’s been under way throughout WSCGSD:

You can also sign up for next weekend’s West Seattle 5K (co-sponsored by WSB), organized annually by the WSHS PTSA, the first big West Seattle-presented/benefiting run/walk of the season, 9 am Sunday 5/18 along Alki.

That’s race director Jeff Mensing. P.S. Congratulations to the WSHS varsity-baseball team, which won its first playoff game 3-1 this morning vs. Lakeside – more on that in a separate story later.

2:30 PM: Also on California SW, one of today’s two big group sites, where we’re told it’s been a great day – the Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor)/Ginomai Art Center courtyards/lots, 4410 California SW and immediately east:

This is also a signup spot for a May 18th event – the Zumbathon benefiting Transitional Resources:

And Hotwire/Ginomai is a dropoff site for leftovers or purchases you’re donating – reminders on that and other sides are coming up in a separate story at 3 pm, covering the WSCGSD aftermath. The other big multi-seller site is C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), #213 at 5612 California SW. Meantime, one update from comments: “Everything is half off at sale 166! 28th and Webster. Back in the alley.”

20 Comments

  1. We’ve decided to join. I clearly love to shop so please stop by in ARBOR HEIGHTS
    10033 39th Ave SW. Back yard and garage

    Comment by alki resident — 10:15 am May 10, 2014 #

  2. We would love to have more shoppers! Only a few so far at sale #005, and lots of clothes, movies, technology and vintage items still available! Come by and browse :)

    Comment by Ash — 11:48 am May 10, 2014 #

  3. Hit the sale at Hotwire and signed up for the Transitional Resources Zumbathon and then stopped at a couple great places with plants. Much more fun than the previously scheduled housework!

    Comment by Donna — 11:49 am May 10, 2014 #

  4. Pix from Ash’s sale are on the WSB Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=816906046748&set=o.42594790291&type=1

    Comment by WSB — 12:11 pm May 10, 2014 #

  5. We’ve only had 3 sets of people to our sale (#232). Pls come by! Guitars, amps, clothing, shoes, books. Lots of great stuff! Cross street is Graham and alley between 42 and 41 Ave SW.

    Comment by Sarah — 12:22 pm May 10, 2014 #

  6. I’m here behind Pagliacci, selling Star Wars, Beatles toys and more… I’m lonely! No reasonable offers refused; I don’t wanna pack this stuff back up ;)

    Comment by WMF — 1:05 pm May 10, 2014 #

  7. #157 still has lots of baby clothes and more left. Great prices.

    Comment by MH — 1:22 pm May 10, 2014 #

  8. It’s my own dilemma that I had to work today and missed the sales, but is there any chance of people staying open later than 3??? Or doing an encore sale???

    Comment by Tyler — 1:36 pm May 10, 2014 #

  9. Everything is half off at sale 166! 28th and Webster. Back in the alley.

    Comment by Sale 166 — 1:53 pm May 10, 2014 #

  10. What time does it end

    Comment by maple shoppers — 1:57 pm May 10, 2014 #

  11. Official end time, 3 pm. Tyler – some sales have listed that they are staying open later, but you just have to browse the listings (easier to skim the printable map) for that. I mentioned one in the ongoing coverage that’s on until 5. There may be a few others. I believe there are a couple that listed they would be open tomorrow too.

    Comment by WSB — 2:24 pm May 10, 2014 #

  12. We’re open till late at 5219 16th Sw!!! And we still have a million fans.

    Comment by beth — 2:52 pm May 10, 2014 #

  13. Well, that was fun! Hit quite a few sales, lots of nice things.

    Too bad I missed the one with donuts!

    Comment by LatteRose — 3:27 pm May 10, 2014 #

  14. Tyler, I will be doing an encore sale from about 10am on tomorrow. Lots of movies, clothes, and vintage items still available.

    Comment by Ash — 4:49 pm May 10, 2014 #

  15. Thank you so much to WSB for once again sponsoring this fab event!!! Such a cool tradition and lots of fun. We participated in the Hotwire sale and it went really well. Nice folks all around (shoppers & sellers). Just a great way to spend a day.

    Comment by Goodgraces — 7:02 pm May 10, 2014 #

  16. We did so well today that we’re donating half our proceeds (as promised) to the Humane Society ($500!). We’ll be open for more sales tomorrow from 10-2. Since half our proceeds go to charity, no half price reduction. Sale #206. Thanks to all who partipated!

    Comment by seattletimebandit — 8:59 pm May 10, 2014 #

  17. Well this was the first year we have been in town to do this sale, and I must say we didn’t do well hardly anyone came through, we were told it is because ther are too many and sales decrease, is this the case. We had amazing items for sale too!! Lots of work for little reward!! I think a yard sale does better than a garage sale though, most don’t want to come into the garage!!

    Comment by Silly Goose — 11:28 am May 11, 2014 #

  18. Sorry to hear it – some sales do great, some don’t (we don’t formally track it but get reports in comments, e-mail, etc.) – I’m never sure what the secret is – not even necessarily the location – an extremely remote location that was in our coverage had sold half their outdoor stuff in the first hour. This year’s # of sales was the same as last year’s. We traveled north to south, east to west, and saw some sales mobbed (we couldn’t even park to take a photo), some not; some even had shoppers after 3 pm (we went out to check on the postsale donation sites and noticed that). But you can also be one of a handful of sales on any given day of the year and get little traffic (have experienced that firsthand). – TR

    Comment by WSB — 11:35 am May 11, 2014 #

  19. We had great turnout – we also added some very cool signage of our own both on the alley and street. Many people commented on the signage.

    Comment by Karen — 6:29 pm May 11, 2014 #

  20. Can we start a petition to move the West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day to any other weekend besides Mother’s Day weekend? There are lost of folks who travel that weekend.

    Comment by terrylou9 — 11:14 am May 16, 2014 #

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