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A Great Edmonds Garage Sale | Our view


April 24, 2015

Lori Kunze, Beacon Classifieds manager

In the spring of 2006 when we first moved from Michigan to Edmonds, my husband and I were newlyweds, and we, along with my stepson, had yet to merge our households.

Imagine trying to fit two complete sets of furnishings into a small split-level home. My sister, who came to help us, complained about the 32 coffee mugs, 16 vases, three coffee makers, and the list goes on.

Most of it landed in the two-car garage, and eventually made its way to our church’s annual rummage sale. But still, that fall, I hosted my first garage sale in an attempt to purge the leftover “stuff.”

I even convinced my neighbors to participate, thinking that two garage sales in the same cul-de-sac are better than one.

Which got me thinking, wouldn’t it be great if Edmonds residents could host garage sales on the same day, and people from all over the area could shop for furniture, knick knacks, household items and other great finds.

For the past 28 years, Beacon Publishing has organized a community garage sale event called the Great Mukilteo Garage Sale, which lists over 100 garage sales that all take place in Mukilteo on the same day.

It’s estimated that thousands of people visit Mukilteo to check out the savings, and find buried treasure in someone’s garage.

Imagine the fun we could have with a similar event in Edmonds. We could all take advantage of affordable advertising in the Edmonds Beacon classifieds, common signage (also supplied by the Beacon), and a great turnout.

For one day, our neighbors in the surrounding cities would have another incentive (besides the beautiful views, great restaurants and fun activities) to visit Edmonds.

In this era of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, many of us are trying to figure out how to minimize the waste that ends up in landfills. Considering that many garage sale items are in perfect (or near-perfect), condition, why throw them away?

What about the furniture that won’t fit in your new condo? Surely a college student, a family on a tight budget, or anyone looking for a great bargain could use a gently used couch, dining room table or clothing.

And don’t forget about those items that you consider garbage, but are someone else’s usable find – like an empty cat litter bucket that could become a recycling bin or a paint bucket, or the multitude of flower pots that came with last year’s annuals that could be used to create a colorful balcony garden.

I know there are garage sales in Edmonds. I’ve been to quite a few, but I usually stumble across them while I’m out running errands rather than consciously tracking them down.

I don’t devote entire Saturdays to driving around Snohomish County to check out garage and estate sales.

But, if I knew that there was one particular day where all throughout Edmonds, residents would open up their garages, storage units and backyard sheds, I would definitely save a day for doing just that!

If you have comments or suggestions for this idea, we’d love to hear from you. Contact the editor at or Beacon Publishing, 806 5th St., Mukilteo, WA 98275.


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