West Seattle, Washington
For going on two decades – since 2005 – West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day has been a spring tradition around the peninsula – sales of many sizes and types on one day of person-to-person recycling, second Saturday in May. We’ve been coordinating WSCGSD since its fourth year in 2008. It all starts with registering your sale to be on the map, and we’re now one week away from opening registration, on Monday, April 3rd. The actual Community Garage Sale Day this year is Saturday, May 13th. Official WSCGSD window is 9 am to 3 pm but sellers are welcome to start early and/or end late – just include that info in the sale description when you register! Next Monday, we’ll publish an announcement when we’re set to start, and it’ll include the link. The registration period usually runs a little over three weeks, and then we close it down so we can start work on the map/list, which as always will be ready to view one week before WSCGSD. P.S. We haven’t heard yet from anyone planning a site with spaces open for small individual sellers – we’ll mention it if and when we do!
Spring is here, and so is spring-cleaning season. You might just find enough stuff to sell on West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day 2023 – so we will be reminding you about the approach of registration. As always, WSCGSD will be on the second Saturday in May – this year, Saturday, May 13th, 9 am-3 pm (though sellers are welcome to start earlier and/or end later).WSCGSD is not one big sale – it’s one big day, with many sales of many sizes and types (plant sales, art sales, bake sales, tool sales …), all around West Seattle. We release the map/list with locations and descriptions a week in advance so you can plan what you want to do – even something as simple as walking over to the nearest sale and mingling with neighbors. Registration will open two weeks from today, on Monday, April 3rd – we’ll publish the announcement and link here on WSB as soon as we’re ready to go. After that, registration will remain open for about three weeks until we lock it down to build the map/list of sales. Aside from the 2020-2021 pandemic break, WSB has presented West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day every year since 2008; it was founded in 2005 and presented through 2007 by a nonprofit called Megawatt, inspired by similar events in other parts of the city.
Just two months away from West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day 2023! As always, the big day will be on the second Saturday in May – this year, that’s Saturday, May 13th. Just a refresher, WSCGSD is not one big sale – it’s one big day, with many sales of many sizes, all around West Seattle, 9 am-3 pm (though individual sellers are welcome to start earlier and/or end later). We call WSCGSD “the ultimate person-to-person recycling event.” Registration will open Monday, April 3rd – watch for the announcement and link here on WSB that day; registration will then stay open for about three weeks. After that, the map/list of sales will be available here starting one week before sale day. Aside from the 2020-2021 pandemic hiatus, we’ve presented West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day every year since 2008; it was founded in 2005 and presented through 2007 by a nonprofit called Megawatt.
Yet another big spring/summer event will be back this year. It’s the only one we at WSB actually coordinate as well as publicize – West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day will be on the second Saturday in May as usual, so this year that’s Saturday, May 13th. If you’re new, that’s not one big sale – it’s one big day with many sales of many sizes, the ultimate person-to-person recycling, all around the peninsula. We’ll open registration in April as usual, and the map/list of sales will be available one week before sale day. Aside from the 2020-2021 pandemic hiatus, we’ve presented West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day every year since 2008; before that, it was founded in 2005 and presented in 2006 and 2007 by the long-gone nonprofit Megawatt.
Maybe you were a seller. Maybe you were busy doing something else. Or maybe six hours just wasn’t enough time to do all the shopping you wanted to do on West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day 3+ weeks ago. So here’s another chance to shop till you drop – Shorewood on the Sound (within the Burien city limits) is bringing back its Streets of Sales this Saturday (June 11th), 9 am-4 pm. They are extending a special invitation to their northern neighbors (that’s us) to head a bit south and shop 30+ sales within a single square mile. Shorewood on the Sound has been doing this for 20+ years. This link will get you to their map.
It’s past 3 pm, so for most sales, the curtain has fallen. Thanks to everyone who’s been selling or shopping, enabling a decade-and-a-half-plus tradition to return. A few notes:
DONATION TRUCK FULL: If you missed the mentions in our as-it-happened coverage and on the map/list page, the Lafayette PTA Goodwill truck filled within minutes, so do NOT take anything there. Two other organizations have expressed an interest in donations, as noted here.
LEFT BEHIND: We’ve received two notes about items left behind – in one case, a purchased item whose buyers did not take everything they were entitled to. John says they bought “a Ryobi 40V battery pole hedge trimmer from me but did not take the batteries and charger with them. I’d love to get the batteries to them. Especially since it won’t work without them.” If that trimmer buyer is you, let us know so we can connect you.
Also – did you buy this at one sale and accidentally leave it at another?
Marianne reports, “This was left at our garage sale: 3433 39th Ave. SW.”
(FIND THE WSCGSD MAP/LIST AND UPDATES HERE … INSTAGRAM STORIES COVERAGE AT @WESTSEATTLEBLOG … LIST OF BENEFIT SALES HERE)
(From Haley at Sale #54, 4222 SW Hill)
As if on cue, the sun broke through just a few minutes before the official start of West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day at 9 am. Forecasters – and radar – say the morning showers have mostly passed. Some sellers are under cover anyway, like Elise at Sale #305, 5643 47th Ave SW:
This is meant to help Elise’s parents downsize: “Please please please, come buy their … stuff.” We’re adding more pics (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we also have a team visiting some sales for Instagram Stories you’ll find at @westseattleblog.
9:23 AM: First sale we tried stopping at was just getting set up – understandable since the weather took its time about drying out. (Which @WestSeaWX says is indeed what’s happening.) But most are up and running – here’s a pic Christine sent from Sale #30 at 2311 SW Myrtle:
Their sale promises a wide variety of apparel and accessories as well as an electric chainsaw.
10 AM: The annual bonanza of antiques and collectibles at California/Genesee is Sale #75 this year:
Ringleader here is local entrepreneur John Bennett:
Melissa at Sale #262, 9327 45th SW, has an eclectic array too, from original framed artwork to home décor including rugs:
10:44 AM: More sunshine! And a sale pic, this time from Colleen at Sale #65, 4403 45th SW, with items including antique furniture:
We stopped by the arts/crafts sale at C & P Coffee Company (5612 California SW; WSB sponsor), Sale #252 on the WSCGSD map – on until 2 pm. Check out the woodcrafted items:
(added) Also selling art there, multi-media artist Kristi Scocco:
11:17 AM: Sale #255 (alley corner of Juneau and 41st) is one of today’s benefits, with proceeds to the Kitsap Humane Society – go say hi to Jessica and Vern:
Another fundraising sale – the plant sale at Solstice Park P-Patch (7500 Fauntleroy Way SW) is Sale #303 on the map. Brandy sent the pic and says, “Large crowd and great variety at the sale this morning. Abundant wonderful gardener advice as well. So great to see our neighbors again.”
11:47 AM: Another of today’s business locations, Thunder Road Guitars/The Bass Shop, #253 on the map, at 6400 California (WSB sponsors), are hosting the annual Garage Sale Day sale:
One of the benefit stops on the map – Sale #221 at 7350 31st SW has tween-made DIY bamboo art kits, all proceeds going to educate girls in Honduras:
They’re created by Chava, in our photo with mom Shoshanna and brother Lev:
Chava tutors some of the girls online and is raising scholarship money for them via Esperanzas Unidas.
Further north on 31st, Regina‘s Sale #231 at 5623 31st SW has lots of “gently used” cookware, creatively displayed:
And while we’re on 31st, yet another photo that’s come in, from Lindsay at Sale #184, 7135 31st SW – kids’ stuff, bookshelves, some tools. Lindsay reports, “We have had some good traffic so far!”
12:30 PM: Yet more sun! In The Junction, you’ll find a WSCGSD sale at longtime WSB sponsor Click! Design That Fits (4540 California SW, #108 on the map), a loft sale continuing until 6 pm:
12:45 PM: We just visited the Heartbeet Café/Youngstown Coffee site, Sale #291 at 6030 California SW – eclectic offerings, including restaurant equipment, and then this collectible item from half-a-century-plus ago:
Next pic is from Eden at Sale #287 (5212 44th SW), who notes “kids’ stilts” and a drone!
Looking for furniture? Go see Deirdre at Sale #163 (1706 California SW):
1:12 PM: From Charles at Sale #6 (5432 21st SW), books!
At Sale #261 (4300 SW Willow), the “Morgan Block Pop-Up Shop,” Megan reported “things are hoppin'”:
2 PM: Final hour (except for the sales adding an extra hour or two). Sale #92, at 4845 48th SW, just sent this photo – Julie reports, “Star Wars and Fortnite toys went first but we keep finding things to sell!”
Julie also has young assistants, as does Chris in Arbor Heights, Sale #316 at 10206 37th PL SW (video). … Lori sends this photo from Sale #242, 5627 37th Ave. SW:
Reports Lori, “American Girl 70s-style egg chair, bathtub. spa chair and bed: $2 to $10! We’ve also got Hanna, Gap and Abercrombie clothes for girls, size 10 to 13.”
Again, the clickable and printable versions of the list/map are here.
P.S. We’ll have a separate update on this, but as noted in comments as well as email we just received, the Lafayette PTA‘s Goodwill truck filled almost immediately after opening at 2 pm, so don’t take anything there.
Here we go – hours away from the return of West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day, defiant in the face of possible morning showers. Here are some final updates:
-We’ve continued updating the online map/list here. If you’re shopping, check before you head out. Also note that some sales not originally slated for garages might actually move into them if the weather doesn’t dry out fast enough.
-We’ll be covering WSCGSD as it happens, as always. This year, three ways – here on WSB, via Twitter, and via Instagram (where we will have a surprise guest host posting Stories from some of the sales). Photos from sellers and shoppers are welcome – email email@example.com or text 206-293-6302, and be sure to mention the sale number so we can cross-reference with the address.
-Before you start your sale (or head out to shop), consider setting out a bag of nonperishable food for the Stamp Out Hunger drive.
-Speaking of donations, for sellers interested in donating “leftovers,” community groups/organizations have offered a few options – see them here (and if you have something to add, let us know and we’ll get it on the list).
-Speaking of lists, one more: Unusual items! Just a sampling that caught our attention when we were reviewing listings:
*Sale #7 has a gorilla suit
*Sales #31 and 319 have smokers
*Sale #163 has a free piano (bring your own truck)
*Sale #191 has a 1960s Singer sewing machine
*Sale #219 has a vintage wood-train set
If you find a treasure, we’d love to hear about that too! And if you’re looking for a particular type of item, use the map search function (explained on the map page) to search – as we suggest there, keep it to one keyword for best chance of success. (Our previous lists are linked atop the map.) Wishing everyone a fun Saturday!
Tomorrow is West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day, with ~300 registered sales, and a few are starting early – as early as one day in advance, like Sale #248 at 5637 42nd SW, a big sale Mike LaFranchi (below) and Margaret LaFranchi host every WSCGSD to raise money so more kids living with disabilities are able to attend Mount Hood Kiwanis Camp.
The sale is on until 4 pm today and again 9 am-4 pm tomorrow (one hour beyond the close of official WSCGSD hours); it’s part of the list of benefit/fundraising sales that we featured here. Other sales that mentioned Friday starts in their listings include #250 and #264. See the full map/list, including updates such as last-minute cancellations, by going here.
Some clouds, some clear sky. That’s what we saw tonight at sunset and as the forecast continues to improve, that’s what’s predicted for Saturday, the return of West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day. The temperature might even get into the mid-60s, which is normal (unlike today, which set a record for lowest high temperature on this date, 51 when it should have been 66). So on we go with the grand plan for WSCGSD – it sounds like it might shake out similar to 2017 (check the pics in our coverage from that day, which we note had some sellers/sites you’ll see again this year). We’ve continued to update the map page – note the list of last-minute cancellations, and the links to sale-type lists we’ve published so far. Here’s another list – the block sales: #2, #9, #19, #29, #53, #75, #87, #100, #101, #153, #191, #192, #217, #234, #261, #307, #318, plus two apartment-complex sales, #5 (Westhaven) and #155 (Broadstone Sky). More updates Friday!
We’re now three days away from the planned return of West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day. The forecast has improved incrementally, and planning continues – we’ll see how it’s looking tomorrow. As we noted in last night’s update, we’ve had a shower here and a shower there over the years (like 2017), but never an all-out rainout. If you haven’t seen the 300+-sale map yet, find it here (along with notes about last-minute changes and cancellations). We’re also continuing to make lists. We’ve already published a list of benefit sales and a list of business sales; here’s a list of sales with plants (hey, showers make them grow):
#4 (Wanderlust Nursery)
#101 (indoor plants)
#303 (Solstice Park P-Patch plant sale)
And if your garden could use some art … that’s part of what the glass artist hosting Sale #69 will have, including hummingbird feeders:
Or maybe some glass floats?
Anybody else with a photo of something unusual you’re selling, firstname.lastname@example.org – thanks! More updates tomorrow.
We’re now four days away from the planned return of West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day, with more than 300 sales of all sizes registered for Saturday (May 14th), as shown on the map. Before we get to tonight’s featured list, a word about the weather. Yes, right now the forecast suggests rain is likely on Saturday. In 17 years, we’ve never had a rainout on WSCGSD; not to say it’s been completely dry – one year had some morning showers, but sellers and buyers carried on. So this has been an implicit “rain or shine” event, though we’ve never explicitly stated that (unlike the Garage Sale Day that inspired WSCGSD’s founders, in Phinney/Greenwood, where the registration form does declare it “will be held rain or shine”). Regardless, Tuesday is too early for the Saturday forecast to be locked in, especially in this unusual spring, where almost every day starts with a partly-to-mostly cloudy forecast, yet the sun often manages to break through in a big way.
Meantime, after rolling out the benefit-sales list last night, tonight we’re featuring business sales:
#4 – Wanderlust Nursery (plants)
#8 – David Robertson Design (staging company)
#97 – Hotwire Coffee (hosting multiple sellers)
#108 – Click! Design That Fits (loft sale)
#156 – Freshy’s (hosting multiple sellers)
#252 – C & P Coffee Company (hosting arts/crafts sale)
#253 – Thunder Road Guitars (annual WSCGSD sale)
#291 – Heartbeet/Youngstown Coffee (used restaurant items)
More WSCGSD news tomorrow, and see the map page for late updates to the list.
With five days left until the return of West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day – this Saturday, May 14th – we’re getting down to specifics. The map/list has been public since Saturday, so you can see who has what, where. And we’re publishing some lists of certain types of sales from among the 320+ registered, starting now. First – the sales with all or part of the proceeds intended as benefits – here are the beneficiaries listed by the sellers:
#56 – Hope Lutheran Youth fundraising for travel
#70 – Emerald City Pet Rescue (including the kid-made $1 painted rocks in the photo above)
#72 – Boy Scout Troop 284
#78 – new nonprofit Hazelwood Preschool
#115 – Girl Scout Troop 42860
#211 – WSHS Earth Club (note that this sale’s location has changed – it will be at WSHS)
#221 – Esperanzas Unidas (youth-made art kits to raise $ to educate girls in Honduras)
#232 – Seattle Humane
#248 – Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp (this sale starts on Friday)
#255 – Kitsap Humane Society
#270 – Delta Kappa Gamma’s scholarship fundraiser for women in education
#303 – Solstice P-Patch’s fundraising plant sale
(Did we miss anyone? Let us know – we reviewed all 320+ registrations but there’s always a chance we missed making a note.) Official sale hours are 9 am-3 pm Saturday, but some start earlier and some end later – see the listings for those notations, and be sure to re-check the map page for late changes and cancellations before Saturday – lists like this will be cross-linked there too.
From Sale #141 in the north to Sale #326 in the south, from Sale #119 in the west to Sale #317 in the east, the 16th West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day will bring together neighbors peninsula-wide next Saturday, May 14th. As announced here last night, the map/list is ready, with addresses and descriptions for all 320+ registered sales. The online-map page includes info on how to use it, including how to search for keywords in sale descriptions – if you’re looking for, say, toys, or antiques, or camping gear, or plants, etc. Over the next five days and nights, we’ll spotlight sales including unusual items, benefits, block sales, and more – also keep checking the map page before sale day as that’s where we’ll note any map changes (such as last-minute cancellations) and other helpful info. We’ll be spending the week telling everyone for miles around about WSCGSD – if you have family/friends/co-workers who would enjoy spending the day on our peninsula, invite them over too!
Next Saturday, May 14th, is the return of West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day, and all 320+ sales are now mapped and numbered. Go here to see the clickable online version of the map – same format we have used in the past, but if you haven’t used it before, there’s how-to info below the map. If cancellations come in, the online map will reflect them, both by the number changing to “canceled” and by an ongoing notation atop the map page. One note, our software provider needs to improve the legibility of the marker numbers, particularly the 100-199 series, and that might not happen until Monday; when it does ww’ll redo the map pages in the printable version, too, The first edition of that version (19-page PDF) is here as well as linked atop the map page. More updates to come, including sale spotlights!
Just another reminder that West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day is approaching – now nine days away, on Saturday, May 14th, first one since 2019, 16th WSCGSD since the first one in 2005. We continue working on the map/list so it’ll be available this Saturday – no set time that day, as we’ll be working on it right up until the last moment, but we’ll announce it here the moment it’s ready. Whatever you’re looking for, we can almost guarantee somebody will have it – maybe multiple somebodies. Kid stuff, vintage stuff, outdoor gear, art, plants, knickknacks, bric-a-brac, even a hodgepodge or two … that’s just some of what the listings mention. The locations and settings span a wide range – apartment complexes, schools, businesses, blocks, yards, alleys, and yes, of course we have some garage sales in garages. Thanks again to the 320+ sellers who are gearing up to welcome neighbors and other shoppers for person-to-person recycling, one week from Saturday!
Just a little over a week and a half now until the return of West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day, with 320+ sales set for Saturday, May 14th, all over the peninsula, from Alki to Arbor Heights, Pigeon Point to South Delridge, and every neighborhood inbetween. Lots of extras – 16 sales with beverages and/or bake sales and/or other snacks. And you can get drinks and/or food at several coffee shops that are among the businesses participating in WSCGSD – among them C & P Coffee (WSB sponsor), HeartBeet, Youngstown, Hotwire Coffee, and Freshy’s are all hosting sales. (Non-food businesses too – that list will be in another preview.) We’re continuing to work on the map/list/guide so you’ll have access to it starting this Saturday, with a week to do advance planning. Keep watching for more advance info in the days ahead (our WSCGSD archive will always start with the most-recent story)!
From the sale with the gorilla suit, to the “Goofy Goths’ Garage Sale,” to the “2 designers with too much stuff” to sales with specialties (art glass and plants, for example), 320+ sales are signed up for West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day, which is now two weeks away – Saturday, May 14th. We are working on the map and list right now, so that it’ll be available one week in advance for you to see which sales are near you, which sales are offering items that interest you, etc. Over the years of WSCGSD – which dates back to 2005 – people have said that meeting neighbors has been the most fun part, and after the past two years, that’s something for which many have yearned. And then of course we’ve all been dealing with the West Seattle Bridge closure – one sale description even notes, “The bridge went down, our closets filled up.” 98116 has the most registered sales, followed by 98126, and close on its heels, 98136. You’ll see them all on the map by this time next week. 9 am to 3 pm are the official sale hours, but some are starting earlier, some are ending later, and a handful are adding extra days – several are starting Friday, several continuing Sunday. Watch here for more previews in the days ahead, plus the map/guide when it’s ready (our WSCGSD archive will always start with the most-recent story)!
Thanks to the ~320 sellers who signed up for West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day before registration closed late last night! WSCGSD is Saturday, May 14th. Here’s what happens next:
*If you’ll be shopping – whether you’re just going to walk/bike over to nearby sales, or travel around the peninsula – May 7th is when we’ll have the map/list available in both clickable and printable formats. The links will be here on WSB as well as at westseattlegaragesale.com.
*If you’ll be selling – we’re going through all the registrations now, so please watch your email in case we have a question. Your sale number will be on the map/list, so once that’s out, you’ll know which sale number to tell your friends, relatives, etc. to look for. If you have to cancel, please let us know as soon as you know – we can take you off the map and out of the guide up until we publish them on May 7th.
As we go through the registrations, we’re making notes such as unusual items, group sites, block/business/school sales, bake sales, and other things to spotlight over the next two weeks. We also want to hear from any organization interested in donations of unsold items – so far we have heard from one, a Goodwill truck that the Lafayette Elementary PTA will be making available that afternoon. Anyone else? Let us know.
Thanks for supporting the return of West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day!
One more reminder as West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day (Saturday, May 14th) gets closer – if you’re planning a sale and haven’t registered yet, tomorrow night (Wednesday, April 27th, 11:30 pm) is the deadline! The list is now up to 270 sales, all over the peninsula, all sizes – block sales, business sales, nonprofit-fundraiser sales, alley sales, more. We’ve gone through about two-thirds of the registrations so far and we’re tracking zip codes – 98116 is in the lead with the most sales, 98136 isn’t too far behind. Soon as registration ends on Wednesday night, we get to work on the map – which will assign each sale a number – and list, so those can be available one week in advance to give shoppers time to read through and plan. Thanks to everyone who’s helping revive the WSCGSD tradition! If you’re ready to register a sale, go here to sign up.
235 sales so far for the return of West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day – now less than three weeks away, on Saturday, May 14th. And we’re now less than three days away from the close of registration at 11:30 pm this Wednesday (April 27th). So if you’re planning a sale for this one big day of meeting neighbors and finding new homes for treasures, go here to sign up! Have your up-to-20-words listing ready for the form, including any particularly unusual or popular items you’re selling, and anything extra you’re doing – extra hours, extra days, lemonade stand, whatever. Once registration closes, we start work on the map/list so it’s available on May 7th, giving everyone a full week to plan!
Almost 200 sales are now registered for the return of West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day – Saturday, May 14th – just three weeks from tomorrow. Since we need to make the map/guide available one week before sale day, registration closes at 11:30 pm on Wednesday, April 27th. So if you’re having a sale but haven’t signed up yet, have your up-to-20-words listing ready, and go here! Official sale hours are 9 am-3 pm on May 14th; if you’re starting earlier and/or ending later hours and/or adding extra days, please include it in your listing. This will be the 16th WSCGSD – first one was in 2005; most-recent was 2019 – an excellent chance to meet more of your neighbors and do some person-to-person recycling.
170+ sales are now registered for West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day – Saturday, May 14th – and we’re announcing today that registration will end at 11:30 pm Wednesday, April 27th – one week from tonight. That’s when we start working on the map/guide so it’s ready one week before WSCGSD. If you’re ready to register – have your up-to-20-words listing ready, and find the signup form here! Sale hours are 9 am-3 pm on May 14th, with some sellers adding earlier and/or later hours, and a few even adding extra days – if you plan any of that, include it in your listing. Two more notes: Hotwire Coffee is offering spaces to sellers who don’t have anywhere to host their own sales; also, if you tried to sign up last night but couldn’t access PayPal, that service was having a systemwide issue for a while. If you had or have trouble with PayPal when registering, email us – email@example.com – for a backup link.
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