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Community Garage Sale

Last year I happened upon a quaint little town in southern Puget Sound called Steilacoom, and it just happened to be on the one day of the year that their entire town hosts a community-wide garage sale.

So this year, even though I have been buying everything from the Goodwill for my challenge, I decided to attend this event again and blog about it so that all the other 2nd hand/thrift lovers can discover more of these NW hidden treasures!

We arrived about 8:30am and the people were already starting to shop… so we parked and went straight to the downtown tennis courts where you can get a map of all the garage sales and see just how big this sale actually is!

I mean just look at all those homes having sales!  There was NO WAY I was going to be able to hit all these places in one day, so we started with the 30+ vendors in the commons area and worked our way out from there.

The morning was GORGEOUS… the items were plentiful but my little one was already getting antsy, so we strolled through quickly and didn’t find anything we needed but I did find an item that a friend possibly needed… these beautiful, antique canning jars

Unfortunately the jars were not the right ones so we headed down the street to the private garage sales.  A couple of blocks from town you can see why I ADORE this Puget Sound community…with views like this of the Anderson Island ferry docks (and besides having an amazing community-wide garage sale) this town is like heaven!

Down by the ferry waiting line we discovered a garage sale of mostly children’s items so we had a look.  Immediately I found a pair of Georgia Boots for only $2 and this was a HAVE-TO-GET moment!  I search the Goodwill racks all the time for good kids boots and never come across boots like these for only $2… my little one was quick to snatch them up and played with them for 15 minutes while mommy looked at other sales, another reason enough to pay $2 the entertainment factor alone!

We were walking back up the street, trying to hit as many houses as possible when we came upon a driveway were people were just grabbing stuff and a man was telling people that the owners said everything was FREE?  There was a bit of confusion at first since no signs or people pointed to this fact, so another women rang the doorbell and asked.  Yep, ALL the items were FREE said the man at the door.  Luckily, we happened to be standing besides a bunch of children’s items for the beach/boat so I started to grab up what we could (the first man had actually filled his trunk with all the items he snagging while the rest of us asked the owners, geesh… he could have had his own garage sale with the stuff he swiped up!) and so we did end up getting some great items that we used that afternoon down at the Steilacoom waterfront beach park!

I waited all year to go to this sale, and I would definitely recommend attending this event next summer but get there EARLY with plenty of $1 bills in hand, a wagon (the #1 accessory of the seasoned garage sale shoppers) and the map.  It’s really a treasure hunt in my opinion, with the first ones to the site gathering up all the booty (and sometimes FREE stuff!)

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