Another year, another West Seattle Garage Sale Day

Posted by Meghan in Sale Tales | 7 Comments

Yard sale today

It was time again for the West Seattle Garage Sale Day (WSGSD). Sadly, Jenny couldn’t make it and no one would go with me – okay, I only asked a few people, but still. And with the stuff going on with my car not wanting to start whenever it felt like it, I took the van.

WSGSD is easy to get around, since there are around 280 sales, so you pretty much just drive around and you will find sales.

Sign on car

But after going for many years, this year felt like more baby clothing and kids tricycles. I just wasn’t feeling it at all. I had hit 19 sales before buying a single item.

I did see this amazing pencil.

Giant pencil

Just to give you an idea of size, the owner let me take a photo of her with the pencil. It was $50. Did I really need a $50 pencil? I guess not.

Posing with the pencil

And really, what is that? A huge metal chimney?

Still life with balloons

But they had these amazing paintings.

Two portraits

I also liked these. In fact I collect these, but $50 each is pretty steep for bottle cap people.

Bottle cap figures

I also have like 6 of them, so really I’d rather have the large pencil.

This sale was the one sale that I did really well at.

West Seattle yard sale

Right when I walked into the yard a woman was carting off a huge amount of jadeite dishes. The prices had been great and I found some records and a few vintage clothing items.

Then I spotted another great painting!

Nekkid lady painting

I also loved this book cover, but not really for my age group.

You call this a family?

And I guess I don’t think I need a guide to making yourself better. This version is from 1988, but it looks more 1983.

As I was wandering around I called my husband, sort of belly-aching about my crappy yard sale luck. He made some comment about another area having a sale and maybe I should go do that. So, it started to seem tempting, but I drove around more and started thinking about whether I should leave the 200+ sales for an area that could have nothing. Around 11:30 I decided to do just that and it was a massive bust. Lesson learned!

7 Responses to Another year, another West Seattle Garage Sale Day

  1. Dan says:

    Man, I would totally buy a big pencil like that for $20 for Extreme Pencil Fighting, but $50 is out of hand.

  2. meghan says:

    I didn’t even think about that. It would have been perfect, but yeah. $50 seemed high…

  3. kipper says:

    I’m anticipating the Queen Anne (Bigelow) sale next month.

  4. Melissa says:

    OMG THAT PENCIL! When I worked at JCP in the late 80s, that (or one similar) was a display prop for back to school. Several women tried to buy it from the store (no sale), and then security apprehended one gal trying to STEAL IT! (I mean, come on, just walking out with a giant pencil?!)
    We finally had to take it off the floor, it was causing so many problems.

    Wonder where the seller got hers?!

  5. meghan says:

    I’m sure that wasn’t the only large pencil in the world… But who knows. They had tons of books, so I just assumed there was a connection.

  6. Melissa says:

    I don’t know what happened to old JCP props, we just threw them up into the “attic”. But I would assume that some of them were eventually sold. I really laughed when I saw that pencil, remembering all the people who were so determined to buy it (or steal it) right off our store display!

  7. chris janota says:

    Jenny, Meghan,
    Hi. It would be nice to see your insight using technology with garage sailing . Like the Garage Sale Rover mobile App, or my own city wide garage sale calendar at Prime Garage Sales.