City wide garage sale SaturdayMap of sales available in Thursday’s edition of The Washington Journal
While the spring running of the Washington city wide garage sale doesn’t start until Saturday morning, Gary and Laura Hill were out bright and early manning the tables full of valuable knickknacks in their garage.
The tables, as well as several displays outside the garage, contained a little of everything, from vintage phonograph records to lightly used clothing to kitchen supplies. The couple says that their garage at 602 W. Jefferson St. is the site of the mini flea market every year. Even though the weather this morning was a little chilly, the Hills reported business had been steady and they were looking forward to the large crowds that accompany the city wide garage sale.
“I think it is great,” Laura Hill said of the biannual sale. “It brings people to town.”
Gary Hill said that he has seen cars from Davis, Johnson and Wapello counties during the sale.
“They come from all around,” he said. “They really do.”
As antique collectors and bargain hunters get ready for the opening of the sales scheduled for 8 a.m. Saturday, Washington Evening Journal advertising director Julie Scott is excited to announce that over 35 garage sales were featured on the sales map. She said that this is a big turnout for the spring running of the event.
Scott originally created the citywide sale in 1997, saying it seemed like a good idea to blend all sales into one event. Originally, it was only slated to be a spring event, but the sale was so popular a fall sale was added.
“It became really popular,” she said. “People enjoy it. We run one in May and one in September. There is a lot going on.”
Scott said that “there is a lot to see and plenty to buy” at this weekend’s citywide garage sale.
“I think a lot of people are trying to clean out their closets and their basements. This is an event that helps do that. People are also getting the idea that this is a fun activity that puts some extra cash in their pocket.”
Scott said that clothing for small children is a popular thing to sell at garage sales. She said that the garage sales would be spread out over town, which is why The Journal includes a map of the sales. She predicts a lot of people will be out at the event. The map ran in the May 15 edition of The Washington Evening Journal. Copies of the edition are available at the Journal office at 111 North Marion Avenue until 5 p.m. Friday.