AFTER THE SALES: Who’s accepting what, where, and when

May 9, 2015 at 3:16 pm | In Community Garage Sale Day, West Seattle news | 10 Comments

If you’re a seller with leftovers and you’d rather donate them than bring them back in the house – or, if you just happen to have stuff you don’t want – we have a list of organizations hoping to reap some benefits from the aftermath of the biggest West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day ever. Here’s the list – from that list, who’s collecting RIGHT NOW:

BOOKS FOR WEST SEATTLE SCHOOLS: Look for the truck and the sign until 6 pm today across from Junction True Value (44th/Edmunds); other donation places and times are on the list.

SENIOR CENTER’S STOP ‘N’ SHOP: On the alley at California/Oregon behind the Senior Center of West Seattle, until 7 pm tonight, again 10 am-3 pm on Sunday, donate your re-sellable items.

NORTHWEST CENTER: The Big Blue Truck is at 44th/Edmunds until 6:30 pm today. Here’s what they do and don’t take.

ALKI ELEMENTARY ‘CLOTHES FOR THE CAUSE’: You can drop off donations at Alki Elementary School until 8 pm tonight – there’s a small window tomorrow too. (3010 59th SW)

*The Tool Library and Holy Rosary’s donation drive are going until 4 pm today – again, check for other dates/times by going here.

AS-IT-HAPPENED COVERAGE: Scenes from West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day 2015

May 9, 2015 at 9:00 am | In Community Garage Sale Day, West Seattle news | 31 Comments

LINKS: Web map here * Printable list/map here * Benefit sales here * Donation drives here

FIRST UPDATE, 9 AM: Good morning! Our as-it-happens coverage of West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day 2015 is under way. You never know what you’ll find – check out what we discovered (above and below) when we checked out setup at multi-seller Sale #21, C & P Coffee Company (5612 California SW)

We’re on the road stopping by sales for photos while WSCGSD continues until 3 pm. Unusual items? Unusual happenings? Send pics to garagesale@westseattleblog.com.


9:13 AM: We’re starting in the south – more sales this year in Arbor Heights than before (of course, overall, we have more sales than ever before – the recordsetting 340+ is up 25% from last year). Above, the #DUH is for Sale #5, which is swarmed, and billed on another pole as “PLEASE BUY OUR STUFF.” (added) Sale hosts, Kerry and Steve:

Next, we’re headed to Sale #15 at Arbor Heights Adult Family Home (10842 35th SW), with proceeds benefiting the NW Parkinson’s Foundation:

9:27 AM UPDATE: Another benefit sale just sent a photo – Sale #46 at Dance! West Seattle, on the north side of the historic Fauntleroy Schoolhouse (4320 SW Director St.):

They note, “We’ve got costumes, toys, clothes, and a bake sale.” Next, a photo from Katie at Sale #322:

Katie says, “Sale happening at 4127 49th Ave Sw (dead-end block of 49th off Dakota) is selling plants to raise money for the Children’s Garden. Stop by!” Next, we stopped by Sale #91 to say hi to Allison in High Point:

She is at 2812 SW Graham. Note that the map software seems to have trouble with High Point, so be extra-sure to go by street addresses, not just map markers.

HOUR 2 BEGINS, 10:04 AM: We’re in the Alki area after getting a tip about a Seafair Pirates sighting.

More on that later. En route now to Sale #282, the northernmost sale on the map. When they advertised an old Hotpoint range, they REALLY meant “old”:

That sale is at a beach cottage on Duwamish Head, at 1258 Alki SW. From the mailbox, Jill says, “Come say hi to Huck at Sale #197!”

Jill and Huck are at 4048 56th Ave SW. Which reminds us that the hosts of Sale #320 at 3278 41st Ave SW invite you to come meet their bunny.

10:26 AM: We’re at West Seattle High School, Sale #270 on the map, which is having a benefit sale to raise money for Grad Night, a fun time that helps make sure seniors survive the night after graduation.

Perhaps you’d be interested in a classic West Seattle 5K T-shirt?

This year’s race, by the way (co-sponsored by WSB), is one week from tomorrow – Sunday, May 17th, 9 am, on Alki. Meantime, from the mailbox, Susan sends a photo from Sale #159:

Remember, you can click on any line on the list at the right side of the online map, and that’ll open a bubble with the address AND description. Susan’s description also mentions tools and exercise equipment.

11:02 AM UPDATE: Hour #3 of West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day is under way. Our most-recent stops include the West Seattle Tool Library, which is on the north side of Youngstown Cultural Arts Center in North Delridge (4408 Delridge Way SW):

On the map, the Tool Library is Sale #335. And they’re accepting donations as well as selling items – the award-winning WSTL, in fact, launched several years ago with tools in part procured during WSCGSD.


11:30 AM: We’re in The Junction. Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor) is the biggest multi-seller site every WSCGSD, with dozens of sellers who also spill into the Ginomai parking lot across the alley to the east – Sale #183. It’s also steps away from the West Seattle Eagles‘ Auxiliary sale to the south – Sale #182 (4426 California SW). Can’t miss the sign!

This is an outdoor AND indoor sale:

Also in The Junction:

In the newly improved parking lot at the Alki Masonic Center (40th/Edmunds), it’s Sale #300, hosted by Amethyst Chapter #138, Order of Eastern Star. And from the mailbox – Sara says Sale #347 “is off to a good start”:

She’s at 2201 SW Holden. Back to the west, at 6040 California SW:


West Seattle’s only co-working space, WS Office Junction (free all next week, by the way – look for more on that later), is on the map too – Sale #77.

12:29 PM: We’re halfway through Hour 4 already. Had to stop down for lunch – options abound (in addition to the F3-benefit hot dogs at Hotwire, mentioned above) – we went to West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor), which happens to be having one of its spring/summer benefit barbecues today, burger or hot dog, chips, drink, proceeds to fight MS. And on the west side of the Thriftway lot, you’ll find Sale #71, which is a lemonade/bake sale and donation drive for Pathfinder K-8 (more details here):

Not far south of there, at Sale #97 in Gatewood, via e-mail:

Writes Christine, “Cooper is welcoming shoppers at 6741 38th Ave SW! A secretary desk and dining by table and chairs are hoping to find a new home.” Continuing south to Westwood:


The tweet is from Sale #106 at 8633 32nd SW. Another tweet, from east of The Junction:


Lots of moving sales today, and that’s one of ‘em, Sale #102 at 4853 37th SW. Meantime, an indoor sale if you want to get out of the sun for a few – including cooking pots, drink glasses, more:


Sale 109 is in The Triangle, 3618 SW Alaska, American Legion Post 160/West Seattle Veteran Center (look for the cannon out front).

1:17 PM UPDATE: Hour 5! We’re back on the road, headed first to Highland Park – saw a sign promising an “epic sale” at 12th/Othello, and we believe that’ll be Sale #329. … And indeed it was.

“10 years in the making!” as the sign said:

We then found the sign for Sale #332, easternmost sale on our map, in the remote eastern reaches of Highland Park:


Also in Highland Park – two sales just a block apart, Sale #327 at 15th/Trenton:

And uphill to the east, Sale #350 at 14th/Trenton:

Checking the mailbox – Sale #42 relocated to 40th and Morgan, 6351 40th Ave SW to be specific – “Lots of kids’ stuff, vintage Pendleton blankets and, of course, lemonade!”

The lemonade’s a good idea – it’s getting hot out here. (For Seattle in May, anyway.) Just saw someone walk by with an umbrella … for shade! Also from the mailbox, in the Alki area, Elle is at Sale #295, 2485 55th SW:

She says, “I’m the only one on my street but I’ve got some goodies! Several 3/$1, 2/$5, 3/$5 etc. Accepting best offers as we are moving.”

2 PM UPDATE: Last hour, already – did you see Alison, an independent consultant with Thirty-One Gifts, when you stopped by C & P? If not, go back!

She’s having a gift certificate giveaway and is independently registered as Sale #87 (5612 California SW, out front of C&P). Meantime, we’re also hearing from shoppers:

Karen sent that photo and noted, “This is the haul my son found at his first garage sale of the day.”

2:45 PM UPDATE: We made one last stop, the Delta Kappa Gamma benefit sale at 8436 Fauntleroy Way SW, across from Lincoln Park:

And we just received this via e-mail, from Lee at Sale #174, 4420 46th SW:

Good day so far! Had an middle school friend show up! (pic attached)

Planning on selling until 4:30-5 with another sale tomorrow. I left a box with jewelry inside on accident, so that’s new here. Also still some musical equipment, tables, board games and records for sale. Met a lot of neighbors. Phew! What a day!

That’s what we always love to hear each year – WSCGSD giving neighbors a chance to see each other face to face. It’s been a beautiful day; thanks to all the sellers and shoppers. Now it’s the afterparty … a boon for local nonprofits accepting donations of leftovers (or items non-sellers want to donate) … separate story to come. Since West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day is always on the second Saturday in May, next year it will be May 14, 2016.

What you need to know on West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day eve

May 8, 2015 at 3:06 pm | In Community Garage Sale Day, West Seattle news | 4 Comments

It’s West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day eve! 9 am-3 pm TOMORROW (Saturday), 340+ sales of all sizes, all over West Seattle. Even if you’re not shopping for anything in particular, WSCGSD’s biggest success every year is as a way for neighbors to meet face-to-face, and that’s a big reason why we’ve been happy to coordinate/present it since its fourth year in 2008.

You’ve probably seen the map by now – online edition here, printable sale list/guide/map here (21-page PDF, so make sure the printer’s stocked)!

A few other notes:

Sale #191 started early – 4822 SW Niesz Court – and sent that photo; they’re going until at least 4 pm today. A few other sales are starting early and/or ending late – if they mentioned it in their registration, it’s mentioned in their map listing.

Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (#183, 4410 California) and C & P Coffee Company (#21, 5612 California SW) are the official multi-seller sites. The sales that registered as “block sales” are:

*#289 – 3200 block 48th SW
*#321 – 4000 block 54th SW
*#158 – 5057 36th SW
*#141 – 5630 31st SW
*#339 – 2411 SW Myrtle
*#137 – 5914 34th SW
*#32 – 5454 45th SW
*#205 – 2719 47th SW
*#201 – 5231 SW Stevens
*#100 – 6600 38th SW
*#340 – Sylvan Ridge Townhomes

Remember that some sales are in garages, others are in front yards, others are in garages/carports on alleys. Where “special instructions” were provided, you’ll find them in the listings. But if you get to a specific address and don’t see the sale, maybe it’s out back.

*More unusual items you’ll find in the listings:
Grand Piano … Moroccan pottery … military-history books … ’50s tile tabletop … custom fireplace mantel … air hockey table … Porsche rims … castoffs from film sets …

*Did we mention the nonprofit/benefit sales? More than 20 – we’ve updated the list here.

*A bit o’trivia – West Seattle neighborhoods with sales include:
Admiral, Alki, Arbor Heights, Beach Drive, Belvidere, Brace Point, City View, Delridge, Fauntleroy, Gatewood, Genesee, Hansen View, Highland Park, High Point, Junction, Lincoln Park, Luna Park, Morgan Junction, North Admiral, Pigeon Point, Puget Ridge, Schmitz Park, Seaview, Snake Hill, Sunrise Heights, Sylvan Ridge, Upper Alki, Upper Fauntleroy, Westwood
(Go see a neighborhood you haven’t visited before!)

*Please check westseattlegaragesale.com in the morning for any last-minute cancellations that were too late to make it onto the printable map – the clickable map is updatable and if we get word one’s canceled, we’re changing it there.

*Also – please do put out your Stamp Out Hunger food-donation bag by wherever your mail is picked up/delivered, before you go out to sell/shop tomorrow morning!

We hope to squeeze in one more round of updates/previews tonight around mid-evening, providing breaking news doesn’t get in the way, and then we’ll be out covering it all tomorrow, starting with early-morning preparedness – photos welcome at garagesale@westseattleblog.com – thanks!

Countdown to West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day: 2 days!

May 7, 2015 at 4:00 pm | In Community Garage Sale Day, West Seattle news | 4 Comments

Now just two days until the 11th annual West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day, presented by WSB, 9 am-3 pm Saturday, May 9th. Looks like sellers are clear to start getting ready, because it’s clear sky all the way to and through Saturday, the forecast says.

The newest toplines:

*340+ sales of all sizes, all over West Seattle

*Addresses and sale descriptions are on the online map here and the printable list/guide/map here

*The sales are numbered for easy referencing, same numbers on both versions of the map, of course

*Looking for a specific item or type of item? Use the search icon on the online map, or open up the printable (21-page PDF map) and use the FIND function

*Two official multi-seller sites, for people who didn’t have the room or the amount of stuff to have an entire standalone sale:
—-Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor)/Ginomai courtyard/lots, 4410 California SW
—-C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 5612 California SW

*For sellers with leftovers they don’t want to keep post-sale, AND/OR for people who want to shop for fun and donate their purchases to good causes, SEVEN organizations have donation drives going on Saturday (and a few of them on Sunday) for dropoffs (even one offering pickups). See the full details here, including who’s accepting what, where, and when.

*If you missed any or all of them, here are links to highlight lists we’ve published:
*Nonprofit/benefit sales
*Trivia from this year’s lineup
*Unusual items
*Memorable descriptions

Few more lists to come tonight/tomorrow, including block sales and unusual items, 2nd round. Also: We invariably get last-minute sale cancellations – we mark them on the ONLINE map, but it’s too late to change the PRINTABLE map, so please check the map page or westseattlegaragesale.com for those changes.

Three days until West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day 2015!

May 6, 2015 at 3:29 pm | In Community Garage Sale Day, How to help, West Seattle news | 1 Comment

The forecast for Saturday – the 11th annual West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day, with 340+ sales of all sizes, all over West Seattle – just keeps getting better; now it’s sunny with a high in the upper 70s or maybe even 80. (Good thing we have multiple spots offering drinks – lemonade and coffee, in particular.)

Both forms of the sale map are now available – the clickable, searchable online version, which you’ll find here, and the printable sale list/guide/map, a 21-page PDF you’ll find here.

If you have a minute to print out a poster for sale day and stick it on the bulletin board at your workplace, school, favorite coffee shop – here’s one (one-page PDF, 8 1/2 x 11).

Today’s highlights – benefit sales listed in the registrations!

#1 – proceeds to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
#15 – proceeds to NW Parkinson’s Foundation
#27 – benefit for West Seattle Food Bank
#46 – at and benefiting Dance! West Seattle
#69 – benefiting Delta Kappa Gamma
#79 – stop by and donate at this “un-garage sale”
#132 – benefiting Chamwino Connect in Tanzania
#200 – Girl Scout Troop 41989
#228 – benefiting AAU JV basketball team
#229 – portion of proceeds to Providence Portland Cancer Center
#233 – benefiting Evergreen Homeschool Science Olympiad team
#251 – Girl Scout Troop 44028, helping Tent City
#270 – benefiting West Seattle High School Grad Night
#272 – benefiting Beat The Bridge team
#300 – Amethyst Chapter #138, Order of the Eastern Star

And there are sales AT nonprofits/volunteer-run efforts:
#33 – Solstice Park P-Patch
#52 – WSUU
#109 – West Seattle Veteran Center
#182 – West Seattle Eagles
#192 – Log House Museum
#335 – West Seattle Tool Library

Any fundraiser/benefits we missed in the list? garagesale@westseattleblog.com – thanks!

5 days to 340+ sales on West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day

May 4, 2015 at 4:47 pm | In Community Garage Sale Day, West Seattle news | 14 Comments

So far, the forecast looks great for the 11th annual West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day, now just five days away – 9 am-3 pm this Saturday, May 9th. The online map of the 340+ registered sales went live on Saturday (the screen-grab at right is what it would look like if you zoomed way out) – if you haven’t already seen it, go here, or click the “Garage Sale Day Map” tab above the sidebar on any WSB page. The printable map/sale list (PDF version) is almost ready – we’re still triple-checking those 340+ listings! If you are a seller, your number is the same, of course, on both versions of the map, so let all your friends, co-workers, relatives, etc., know they can find you at #xx. If you haven’t printed a poster already, here’s one (PDF, 8 1/2 x 11) – put it on the board at work, school, wherever, and add a note with your sale number! (Even if you’re NOT a seller, consider sharing a poster – we’ve put up dozens around West Seattle already but we also promote the sale off-peninsula so if you work downtown, Eastside, wherever, you’ve got the opportunity to put up a poster someplace we won’t be able to!)

Some 2015 WSCGSD trivia, from the listings:

*74 listings feature “kid” stuff
*29 listings are for “moving sales”
*13 sales promise treasure(s)
*11 sales will have coffee (including the two multi-seller sites, which ARE coffee shops!)
*8 sales plan to serve lemonade
*6 sales are for “downsizing”
*5 sales list knick-knacks
*2 sales mention ephemera
*2 sales offer tchotchkes

Even if you’re not really looking for anything in particular, what we hear each and every year is that this is a prime chance to get out and mingle with your neighbors – somebody nearby is probably having a sale. Maybe more than one “somebody.”

Tomorrow – more highlights, including, by request, a list of the fundraiser sales!

1 week to West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day 2015! Map’s out, & other updates

May 2, 2015 at 9:15 pm | In Community Garage Sale Day, West Seattle news | 1 Comment

In exactly one week, sellers and shoppers will be recovering from the biggest West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day yet – 9 am-3 pm Saturday, May 9th, at 340+ locations all over WS. Here’s what’s new:

THE MAP: If you haven’t already seen it, the online version has been linked from the WSB navigation-tab bar for a few hours now – or just go here. The page includes tips for using and searching the map. If you have any questions, garagesale@westseattleblog.com is the official mailbox of WSCGSD. The printable version is still in the works – but it’s all the same information you’ll find on the now-available online map (click any sale marker to open its info-bubble including the sale description; you can use the search feature to look for keywords in those descriptions).

INFO FOR SELLERS: The e-mail version goes out in the next hour; postal-mail packets are in USPS’s hands. Speaking of whom …

STAMP OUT HUNGER: The USPS letter carriers’ annual door-to-door, mailbox-to-mailbox food drive is also on the second Saturday in May every year, so we always suggest that you put out your bag of nonperishable food for pickup before you head out to sell or shop – thousands of hungry neighbors are counting on you.

PUT UP A POSTER: We’re continuing to canvass WS with 8 1/2 x 11 posters for bulletin boards and shop windows; if you have someplace to put one up – favorite coffee shop, school, etc. – here’s the printable PDF we linked from the WSCGSD website earlier in the week.

UNUSUAL ITEMS: If you browse the sales, here’s some of the more unusual items you’ll find listed:

*Homemade dog jackets
*Stained glass
*Sports-car ephemera
*Movie props
*Antique typewriter
*Tiffany ceiling fan
*Mountaineering equipment
*Never-worn wedding dress

More spotlights during this week’s countdown!

West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day countdown: 10 days to go

April 29, 2015 at 6:19 pm | In Community Garage Sale Day, West Seattle news | 7 Comments

“Fascinating and incredible finds you won’t want to live without.”

“Newlyweds shedding the single life.”

“Possibly a giant rat head.”

Those are just three excerpts from the seller-provided descriptions of the 330+ sales in the works for the 11th annual West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day, now just 10 days away, 9 am-3 pm Saturday, May 9th. We’ve read all 330+ of those descriptions as part of the process of making the WSCGSD maps (clickable Web version and printable/downloadable PDF version), which will be available starting this Saturday, here on WSB and on the official WSCGSD site, westseattlegaragesale.com. Three more description excerpts:

“Pre-estate sale: We don’t want to burden our heirs.”

“Pre-remodel de-clutter extravaganza.”

“Spring Clean-O-Rama.”

We’ll be counting down daily from here on out – stay tuned for more highlights!

2 weeks to West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day: Registration closed, 320+ sales; here’s what happens now

April 24, 2015 at 10:17 pm | In Community Garage Sale Day, West Seattle news | Comments Off

Saturday, May 9th, will be the 11th annual West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day and the biggest one ever. By the time registration closed late last night, more than 320 sales had signed up! All sizes, from individual homes to organizations/schools/businesses and multi-seller sites (including WSB sponsors Hotwire Online Coffeehouse and C & P Coffee Company), to block sales around the peninsula. WSB has coordinated WSCGSD since its fourth year (2008); here’s our update on what happens now:

*We are finalizing the list so we can make the map, which debuts on May 2nd so shoppers have a week to plan ahead – the clickable and printable/downloadable versions will be featured here on WSB and on westseattlegaragesale.com.

*If you’re a seller, please check that you got both receipts, the confirmation from us AND the registration-fee receipt from PayPal (which would be via our LLC name, A Drink of Water and a Story Interactive). If you had problems paying, please e-mail us at garagesale@westseattleblog.com if you don’t hear from us first.

*We’ll be mailing (e- or postal- depending on what you marked on the registration form) info packets to sellers, including the “official participant” sign you are welcome to use with your signage.

*If you need to cancel your sale, please call us – 206-293-6302 – by May 1st so we can take you off the map. After that, last-minute cancellations can be taken off the online map, but not the printable/downloadable version.

*In sale updates over the next week-plus, we’ll have a poster file available for anybody who wants to put one up at their school, workplace, wherever – we promote WSCGSD regionally, and have heard of shoppers coming from hours away, but your help in spreading the word will be awesome. The easiest web address to share is westseattlegaragesale.com, though the map will be here too (and will have a special “tab” under the sunset header).

*If you’re a prospective shopper – watch for the map starting May 2nd, and whether you’re just going to walk around your neighborhood and see who’s selling what, or planning a wider expedition, get ready for a great day. Note that some sellers might start earlier or end later than the 9 am-3 pm window on May 9th – if they provided that information, it’ll be in their “ad” info accompanying the map.

One more note: In years past, we’ve published info from nonprofits making special arrangements for sellers to donate leftovers, and/or inviting people to shop for potential donations of certain items the nonprofit needs, so that WSCGSD can have great community ripple effects beyond the fun of buying/selling. Any org thinking about either of these, please e-mail garagesale@westseattleblog.com ASAP so we can discuss. Thanks!

West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day: Last day to sign up!

April 23, 2015 at 9:27 am | In Community Garage Sale Day, West Seattle news | 2 Comments

Another BIG West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day is in the works – more than 280 sales on the list/map now, and 24 hours left to register – the deadline is 11:55 pm tonight. If you’ve been mulling it over and think you want to give it a try, please sign up now so you don’t miss the cutoff – just go here. If you’re not selling, get ready to shop, shop, shop on Saturday, May 9th, 9 am-3 pm, all over West Seattle (the map will be ready for your perusal one week in advance – so watch for it May 2nd).

West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day: 2 more days to sign up

April 21, 2015 at 4:50 pm | In Community Garage Sale Day, West Seattle news | Comments Off

Thanks to the 220+ sellers – individuals, schools, businesses, organizations, blocks – who have already signed up to make Saturday, May 9th, another epic West Seattle Community Garage Sale Dayperson-to-person recycling at its finest! If you are thinking about having a sale – we just want to make sure you know that registration, which has been open for three weeks, closes in **two days** … the cutoff is this Thursday night (April 23rd), so we can get going on the map/list, to keep our promise that it’ll be available one week before sale day. Just go here to sign up online.

IMPORTANT P.S. IF YOU’VE ALREADY REGISTERED: Please be sure you got both receipts – confirmation e-mail PLUS a receipt from PayPal (it carries WSB’s legacy LLC name, A Drink of Water & A Story Interactive) – as happens every year, a small percentage of sellers are in the system only with the former, not the latter, and if that’s you, e-mail us ASAP at garagesale@westseattleblog.com so we can send you a link to finish the process. Thank you!

West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day 2015: Updates!

April 17, 2015 at 8:59 am | In Community Garage Sale Day, West Seattle news | Comments Off

Saturday, May 9th, is the 11th annual West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day, coordinated by WSB, and we have updates:

LESS THAN A WEEK TO REGISTER: The registration deadline is next Thursday, April 23rd, so if you’ve been procrastinating, it’s time to decide if you’re having a sale. More than 170 of all sizes, all over the peninsula, are signed up so far! Register your WSCGSD sale here.

MULTI-SELLER SITES: The Hotwire Online Coffeehouse/Ginomai courtyard/lot space (4410 California SW) is booked up, we’re told, though you can get on a list in case of dropouts (contact Hotwire directly). The other site for those who need just a little room is C & P Coffee Company (5612 California SW) – check in to see how they’re doing. (Our standard disclaimer, Hotwire and C & P are both WSB sponsors.)

THE MAP: If you’re new to WSCGSD as either a seller or shopper, reminder that the map of sales will be available one week in advance (watch for the announcement here and at westseattlegaragesale.com on May 2nd) – we produce it in two formats, the clickable online version here on WSB and on westseattlegaragesale.com – click on a marker and a bubble will open with its address and sale “ad” as sent in @ registration, and the printable PDF version including the numbered list of sale addresses/”ads.” The map’s free, and you’re encouraged to share it with friends, family, co-workers from all over the region to be sure they know that this is the day to come shop WS (checking out our restaurants and stores while they’re here, too).

So again – six days to register, 15 days to map day, 22 days to sale day!

West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day 2015 update: Closer!

April 15, 2015 at 2:25 pm | In Community Garage Sale Day, West Seattle news | 1 Comment

(File WSCGSD photo, Hotwire courtyard)
Quick update on West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day 2015, coming up 9 am-3 pm Saturday, May 9th, all around the peninsula:

*More than 150 sales registered – individuals, blocks, schools, businesses, clubs, teams …

*Registration deadline is one week from tomorrow (Wednesday night, April 23rd)

*2 announced multi-seller sites, Hotwire Online Coffeehouse and C & P Coffee Company (both WSB sponsors) – please check directly with them for space availability

*Ready to sign up YOUR sale? Please go here!

Four weeks until West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day 2015

April 11, 2015 at 6:16 pm | In Community Garage Sale Day, West Seattle news | 1 Comment

garagesaledaysmalllog5.jpgThe countdown continues: Four weeks until West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day 2015, which is coming up on Saturday, May 9th. The newest toplines:

–We’ve set the registration deadline – sign up by Thursday night, April 23rd
–More than 120 sales are registered so far – all sizes!
–If you have no room and/or just a little bit of stuff to sell, check directly with multi-seller spots Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (4410 California SW; WSB sponsor) and C & P Coffee Company (5612 California SW; WSB sponsor)
–If you’re just looking forward to browsing – the map (which we make in 2 formats, online/clickable and PDF/printable) will be ready a week in advance as usual, which means you’ll find it here and at westseattlegaragesale.com starting May 2nd

Ready to sign up and sell? Go here! Questions? garagesale@westseattleblog.com – thanks!

1 month until West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day!

April 9, 2015 at 3:06 pm | In Community Garage Sale Day, West Seattle news | 2 Comments

Quick mid-afternoon note: Exactly one month until the 11th annual West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day, 9 am-3 pm on Saturday, May 9th (coordinated by WSB since year four)! Great lineup so far – 100+ sales big and small, east to west, south to north – and registration continues for at least another week and a half (we’ll set and announce the closing date next week). If you’re planning to be part of this big day of “person-to-person recycling” by having a sale, go here to register. If not – just save the date and get ready to be out and about meeting neighbors and friends. More updates ahead!

West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day update: 70+ are in!

April 6, 2015 at 4:41 pm | In Community Garage Sale Day, West Seattle news | 1 Comment

The biggest person-to-person-recycling day of the year is approaching – the 11th annual West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day – and in the fifth day of registration, more than **70 sales** of all sizes are in! Whether you plan to shop or sell, we hope your calendar has 9 am-3 pm blocked out on Saturday, May 9th, for WSCGSD. Registration will run for about 2 more weeks (we haven’t set the closing time just yet) and then we get going on The Map, which will be available one week ahead of time, in both clickable online format and the printable downloadable PDF format. Just browsing the addresses, we can tell you sales are already planned all over the peninsula, from North Delridge to Arbor Heights, Highland Park to High Point, Gatewood to Genesee Hill … and beyond. Categories and fees are the same as always, and you’ll find them on the form, here.

P.S. If you don’t have space for your own sale, or just a few things to sell, check in ASAP at WSB’s coffee sponsors – Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (4410 California SW) and C & P Coffee Company (5612 California SW) – both on the map as multi-seller sites again this year.

The first 50 sales are already signed up, with 5 weeks to go until West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day 2015!

April 4, 2015 at 3:10 pm | In Community Garage Sale Day, West Seattle news | Comments Off

(Scene from 2013 WSCGSD. No, the boat was NOT part of the sale!)
Five weeks from today, neighborhoods around West Seattle will be abuzz with shopping, selling, and neighbor-to-neighbor chatting, during the 11th annual West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day on Saturday, May 9th (9 am-3 pm; check the forthcoming map for some sales starting earlier, some ending later), presented by WSB. Today is the third full day of registration, and we have 50 confirmed sales so far, from Arbor Heights to Alki to Admiral, Delridge to Gatewood, Seaview to Sunrise Heights, and beyond. You can register a sale in one of three classifications – individual, business/group/school, or block sale; the info’s all on the form, which you’ll find here.

As always, the WSCGSD map/list will be created in clickable online and printable PDF forms, and it’ll be available one week before sale day. Whether you’ll be selling or shopping, get May 9th on your calendar and invite your friends, relatives, co-workers to come for the sales and stay afterward to visit West Seattle restaurants, coffee shops, beaches … More updates to come!

20+ sales already, less than a day into signups for 11th annual West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day

April 2, 2015 at 3:31 pm | In Community Garage Sale Day, West Seattle news | 3 Comments

(Photo from a past WSB Community Garage Sale Day)
What treasures will YOU find – or sell? On the first full day of registration for the 11th annual West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day, more than 20 sales of all sizes are already on the list! Saturday, May 9, 2015, is the big day – 9 am-3 pm, but you can start earlier and/or end later if you want as long as you cover those 6 hours. Remember that it’s a two-step registration process, and it’s not complete without the confirmation from PayPal – here’s the official online form. If you have questions or problems, e-mail garagesale@westseattleblog.com - thanks!

Be part of 2015 West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day! Registration now open

April 1, 2015 at 9:49 pm | In Community Garage Sale Day, West Seattle news | 2 Comments

garagesaledaysmalllog5.jpgIt’s on! Signup time for the 2015 edition of West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day starts now.

You can get to the form here. Or, it’s embedded here on WSB, below. First, the basics:

*Sale day is Saturday, May 9, 2015.

*Official sale hours: 9 am-3 pm, but if you want to start yours earlier/end it later, that’s up to you (no late starts/early ends, though; thanks!).

*Registration gets you on the map, which is published on WSB and on the West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day website – as well as promoted/advertised regionally and in our social-media channels – with clickable and printable (PDF) versions. The map is ready a week in advance and assigns each sale a number, which you can use for cross-reference, your own promotion (“come see us, we’re sale #22!”), etc.

*Same registration fees/process as years past – all online. Three categories: Individual, Organization/Business/School, Block Sale.

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West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day 2015 approaches, and signups start here tomorrow!

March 31, 2015 at 9:00 am | In Community Garage Sale Day, West Seattle news | Comments Off

Tomorrow not only brings a new month, it also brings the start of registration for the 11th annual West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day. This year, May 9 is the Saturday when, for six hours, sellers and shoppers will fill the peninsula with “person-to-person recycling.”

WSCGSD, which we’re coordinating for the eighth consecutive year, brings sales big and small, from household sales to organizational fundraisers, all over the map – which is what we create and publish with the locations and information shared by registered sellers, making clickable and printable versions available one week before the May 9th sale day. When the signup form is ready to go sometime tomorrow afternoon or evening, we’ll announce it here and on the official WSCGSD site at westseattlegaragesale.com. Registration will be open for more than two weeks, so there’s plenty of time for word to get around.

P.S. If you’re an apartment resident or otherwise don’t have room for your own sale, check in at Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (4410 California SW; WSB sponsor), where proprietor Lora Swift is again offering courtyard spaces (including the lot at Ginomai across the alley). More tomorrow!

Six weeks until West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day on May 9th; registration starts next Wednesday

March 28, 2015 at 9:31 am | In Community Garage Sale Day, West Seattle news | Comments Off

On this springtime Saturday, thoughts turn to … garage/yard/rummage sales. We call it “person-to-person recycling.” Six weeks from today, for six hours, sellers and shoppers will turn the peninsula into an epicenter of that activity, during the 11th annual West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day – 9 am-3 pm on Saturday, May 9th. We’re coordinating it for the eighth year; this is another alert that registration opens this Wednesday (April 1st).

If you’re new to West Seattle and/or WSB – this is NOT one big garage sale, but instead, many sales of all sizes, all over West Seattle. If you don’t have enough room for your own sale, Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor) proprietor Lora Swift has announced they’re again offering courtyard spaces (including the lot at Ginomai across the alley to the east of her shop, which is at 4410 California SW).

Again, registration will open on Wednesday – we’ll link the form from WSB and from the official WSCGSD site at westseattlegaragesale.com when it’s ready to go!.\

11th annual West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day coming up May 9th; signups start in two weeks

March 18, 2015 at 8:31 pm | In Community Garage Sale Day, West Seattle news | 2 Comments

We’re starting to get questions about signups for this year’s West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day, so we’ve set the date for registration to begin: Two weeks away, on Wednesday, April 1st.

Sale day is always the second Saturday in May, and that means this year it’s May 9, 2015. Official sale hours are 9 am-3 pm, but if you want to start yours earlier/end it later, that’s up to you; just include the times in the listing info you include with your registration, which gets you on the map, published on WSB and on the West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day website, as well as promoted/advertised regionally and in all our social-media channels, with online and printable versions. The map is ready a week in advance and assigns each sale a number, which you can use for cross-reference, your own promotion (“come see us, we’re sale #13!”), etc. We’ve been presenting WSCGSD since the 4th annual event in 2008, and are looking forward to it again this year, both the organizing and coverage – more info as we get closer to the April 1st opening of registration.

Wondering when West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day is happening this year? May 9th – only 3 months away!

February 10, 2015 at 9:00 am | In Community Garage Sale Day, West Seattle news | 7 Comments

(WSB photo from 2014 West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day)
Even Spider-Man shops West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day! This year’s edition is now officially less than three months away – coming up ****May 9th****. We’re starting to get our first “when is it happening?” questions of the year, and that’s a sure sign the end of winter is in sight. In case you’re new to West Seattle, or haven’t participated before, WSCGSD is not one big sale but rather one big day of hundreds of sales around the peninsula with thousands of shoppers – we promote it regionally and people come from all over (we’ve even heard of people driving from Eastern Washington), but ultimately, at the heart of WSCGSD is an opportunity to meet your neighbors and “recycle” some things you no longer need. We’ll open registration in early April as usual, so you still have lots of time to decide whether you’ll be a seller or shopper this time.

BACKSTORY: West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day is now in its second decade, launched in 2005 by a group of community connectors who called themselves Megawatt (they also created the Gathering of Neighbors). In late 2007, they decided to close up and move on; we didn’t want to see WSCGSD go away and proposed taking it over – they agreed, and so this year will be the 11th annual WSCGSD, eighth one coordinated by WSB. You can look at past years’ coverage and information at westseattlegaragesale.com. Watch for more updates here as it gets closer!

Ready to donate? West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day aftermath info

May 10, 2014 at 3:01 pm | In Community Garage Sale Day, West Seattle news | Comments Off

If you are a seller with leftovers – or a shopper who bought some things with donations in mind – here’s what you need to know, now that the official West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day sale hours are over:

WESTSIDE BABY: Here’s what WS Baby is looking for:

1. Size 5T-12 clothes (especially pants)
2. Pajamas (all sizes)
3. Youth size shoes, sizes 1-6
4. Strollers, high chairs, baby swings, portable cribs

There’s a truck at the Ginomai lot east of Hotwire (enter off 42nd SW south of Genesee) waiting for you (photo above) until 6 pm, as well as other locations – details here.

BOOKS FOR DENNY INTERNATIONAL MIDDLE SCHOOL (AND OTHERS): Unsold books? There are five ways to drop off books that can be used by middle-schoolers (or by other students, or other age groups to whom they’ll be funneled) – including a truck van in The Junction until 6 pm today.

(Added: WSB photo taken 4 pm)
Details here, including options in the days ahead, if you can’t get to the dropoff spot today.

NORTHWEST CENTER: Extended hours at the dropoff spot in The Junction, 44th and Edmunds – until 6:30 pm tonight.

(Added: WSB photo taken 4 pm)
(More info here, including links to the “what they’ll take/what they won’t” list.)

STOP ‘N’ SHOP: The Senior Center’s Stop ‘n’ Shop Thrift Store says it’s staying open until 7 pm to accept items. Drop them off in the front (east side of California just south of Oregon) or in the alley in back.

And if your sale is extending its hours, you’re welcome to post in the comments! A few sales made that part of their official descriptions – which any sale is welcome to do, so long as it at least is open for the official 9 am-3 pm period. Whether you shopped, sold, donated, or any/all of the above, thanks for being part of the 10th annual West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day!

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.”

Good morning! Welcome to the 10th annual West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day

May 10, 2014 at 7:31 am | In Community Garage Sale Day, West Seattle news | Comments Off

(Added: Photo from Lora Swift at Hotwire group-sale site, #60 on the map – just one of ~40 tables!)
garagesaledaysmalllog5.jpgIt’s West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day, and the sales start at 9 am! After a bit of early morning rain, we’re seeing some clearing/blue sky to the west, so we have high hopes for the rest of the day. Individual and block sales are happening all over the peninsula, plus businesses, schools, and youth organizations. See the list of benefit sales here. 280 sales are on the WSCGSD maps – which you’ll find here (Web, printable, mobile links). The big group sites are Hotwire Online Coffeehouse/Ginomai (sale #60, 4410 California SW) and C & P Coffee Company (sale #213, 5612 California SW). Happy shopping/selling! 9 am-3 pm are the official sale hours; please check atop the map page before you head out, for updates including the handful of last-minute cancellations. We’ll be visiting some of the sales for ongoing coverage all day, but we can’t get to them all, so whether you’re a seller or a shopper, we’d love to get a photo from you – editor@westseattleblog.com (if you prefer Facebook, please share on the WSB page).

P.S. A full preview of everything else happening today/tonight is coming up too.

P.P.S. We heard late last night from the “Yard Sale Bingo Crew” who explain that every year they make up cards for a game while they’re out browsing sales. We’ve linked their cards to the official WSCGSD page.

West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day 2014: Forecast, preps, previews

May 10, 2014 at 12:27 am | In Community Garage Sale Day, West Seattle news | 2 Comments

Looking at the “futurecast” from our friends at KING 5, Saturday morning’s shower activity is way to the north. But some West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day sellers say they’re ready for anything:

That’s sale #45 (find any sale from #1 to #288 via the online or printable maps, both here). From sale #186, benefiting Boy Scout Troop #284, here’s a picture of just part of what they’re offering inside the Veterans’ Center (former American Legion post) in The Triangle:

And sale #42 shared a montage of just part of what they’re selling:

Wherever you are, if you’re not selling, somebody is. 9 am-3 pm are the official sale hours; even if you’ve printed out the PDF list, please check the map page for last-minute changes/cancellations (as happens every year, we’ve had a few). And we invite you to send pics, by e-mail (garagesale@westseattleblog.com) or via the WSB Facebook page. More updates to come – including something that just came in late tonight: Yard Sale Bingo!

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