The annual Capitol Hill Garage Sale happened today across dozens of sites throughout the neighborhood. Read this open thread by JSeattle and this Flickr page by Suzi Pratt for more photos, tweets, and reflections on the day.
Broadway Hill Park, which recently received a Seattle Parks & Recreation Opportunity Grant, still needs your support (especially since some of the grants match community donations), and registration fees for garage sales went to the fund.
I’m a newcomer to Seattle and a summer intern at Microsoft Fuse Labs, where I’m researching community reporting and storytelling. Together with Andres, Shelly, and Emma (who just moved to Capitol Hill last month), and Erin, we went out into the community with cards to ask for people’s stories. In the end, the cards were unnecessary. Garage sailors in Capitol Hill were already posting plenty of stories on your own. Here are our favorites.
1. Pure, Un-selfconscious Fun
2. Cute Objects
The yard sale included all kinds of objects, from ceramics to electronics. Did we mention stuffed animals? Or Dinosaurs?
4. Good Riddance! Why Hello There!
Half the fun of garage sales is the discovery of what your neighbors no longer want — or what they decide to buy.
Andres writes: The guy selling them says his mom had them for two decades. They were expensive back them. He sells them for $20 now.
“Marx vs Talladega nights. Can’t decide which one to buy,” writes Andres.
Capitol Hill garage sale finds: same mushroom set my grandmother had, blue rose towels, 1960s teak… instagram.com/p/aUCwHTOrEV/
— Deanna B. (@oh_deanna) June 8, 2013
5. Ridiculous Objects
It can’t hurt to put these out, right?
— Sandy (@sandyha) June 8, 2013
6. Amazing Finds
Okay, I suppose I’ll have to gloat a bit — I was incredibly lucky. Who’d have thought I would get a bicycle trainer for the lovely price of free?
I wasn’t the only one with an amazing find.
7. Cute Dogs
Awwwww! So cute! Does anyone know their names? Add them in the comments.
Dash looks eager to sniff for great finds.
I wouldn’t want to have to haggle with this French bulldog, who looks rather determined.
8. Broadway Hill Park
After years of organizing and applications, it looks like Broadway Hill Park is going to become a reality, thanks to 750,000 in funding from the Seattle Parks & Rec Opportunity Fund. To make this park a reality, your support is still needed. Each garage sale spot at the park brought $20 to the park fund, and the team was out selling brownies and coffee to keep raising money. You can follow the Broadway Park Facebook group here.