Citywide Garage Sale
The Citywide Garage Sale has been Cancelled until further notice due to COVID. Sign-up for our environmental newsletter, The Leaflet, to get updates about the return of the sale.
The annual Citywide Garage Sale is a fun way you can help the environment! Reusing—whether you donate, buy, or sell—is one of the best ways to reduce waste, keep usable stuff out of the landfill, conserve our natural resources and reduce our carbon footprint.
Registration is FREE and guarantees your address will appear on our downloadable map of sales as well as a live digital map on our website. Maps will be available online, at City Hall, and the Weekes Branch library starting the Tuesday before the sale. To ensure that your address will appear on the map(s) of sales participants must register by Sunday before the event. Register by clicking below or by contacting Maintenance Services at (510) 881-7745.
To be the first to get updates for this event and others like it, sign up for the Environment mailing list.
Tips for Having a Successful Garage Sale:
- Do some spring cleaning! Check the attic, garage, closets and other storage areas for items you no longer use. Ask your family and friends if they have items to sell.
- Organize your sale with neighbors. Block sales will bring more shoppers to your neighborhood increasing selling opportunities.
- Have a large quantity and good variety of items to sell. Don't be afraid to drag out outgrown clothes, old dishes, two-of-a-kind items you don't really need.
- Sell for the season. Outdoor furniture, gardening supplies, and recreational equipment are popular items during the spring season.
- Put price tags on all merchandise. Books, CD’s, or other large quantity items can be put in a box with a set price (e.g. $1 each) to make pricing easier. Price dishes and glasses in sets to sell them quicker.
- Be realistic! Price your items at about 25-30% of retail value. Be ready to discount them if you really want to get rid of them.
- If you are having a group sale, have each person or family use a different color price tag. Keep the tags when things are sold. That way it is easier to split the money up at the end of the day. Remember to change the price on the tag if an item is sold at a discounted price.
- Make the displays attractive by using colorful table covers.Take advantage of the space under the tables for larger items.
- Group similar items together in one area.
- Make sure all items are clean and in working order.
- Wash clothing and display it neatly. Hang up on a clothesline or fence and sort by size.
- Set up a "Freebies Box" or grab bag box for items that you want to give away.
- Post signs in the neighborhood to attract buyers. Or, use balloons and other decorations to draw attention to your house.
- Have plenty of change ready. Most people come with $5, $10, $20 bills.
- Have a calculator ready to total up items.
- Have shopping bags and newspapers on hand to wrap purchases.Provide an electrical outlet or extension cord so buyers can test appliances and electrical tools.
- Have a tape measure on hand for furniture pieces, wall hangings and fixtures.Be helpful but allow buyers to browse.