Citywide Garage Sale
SATURDAY - May 18, 2019 - 9 am to 3 pm
******* Registrations due, April 12, 2019 *******
In the Spring and the Fall, the City of El Cerrito coordinates the Citywide Garage Sale. We help to advertise the event in a variety of ways.
NEWSPAPERS: We utilize the Bay Area News Group. The paid ads will run in the East Bay Times and Hills papers. The East Bay Times covers all of Contra Costa and Alameda Counties. The Hills papers include: the Alameda Journal, Montclarion, Piedmonther, Berkeley Voice and El Cerrito Journal. All Hills papers run on Fridays.
Otherwise, we advertise this event utilizing our citywide brochure publication, newsletters, and our website. Hosts are encouraged to publicize their event to help make the day a success. A complete map with listings is provided one week prior to the event, both electronically and as an 11x17 hardcopy to simplify shipping for all interested parties. This popular event is a great opportunity to support and encourage reuse while reducing clutter.
Online registration is available! If you prefer to, please download the Registration Form and mail it with your check or money order to: RERC, Citywide Garage Sale, 10890 San Pablo Avenue, El Cerrito. You can also drop off the completed registration form with cash, check or money order to one of the following locations: Recycling Center (7501 Schmidt Lane), Community Center (7007 Moeser Lane) or City Hall (10890 San Pablo Avenue). Fees cover the costs to create the map and run newspaper ads.
The finalized map with locations and listings will be available on Thursday, April 24, 2019: here on this webpage with a link to the Citywide Calendar, in the Exchange Zone at the Recycling + Environmental Resource Center (7501 Schmidt Lane) and the Community Center (7007 Moeser Lane) in newsstands. Additional copies will be available at City Hall (10890 San Pablo Avenue) and the Senior Center (10940 San Pablo Avenue).
dID You Know?
In 1990, El Cerrito resident, Marianne Hegeman, proposed the concept of a Citywide Garage Sale to the El Cerrito City Council. Hegeman, an avid proponent of reuse and recycling, got the idea shortly after the Loma Prieta earthquake in October 1989, when many residents in El Cerrito could not have their home foundations inspected because their garages were packed full of stuff. The City Council endorsed the idea and the City has held one or two garage sales per year ever since.
Each year the City’s Recycling + Environmental Resource Center designates a date for residents who want to participate and hold their own garage sales. The City then advertises and promotes the event, attracting shoppers from all over the East Bay. The event not only promotes reuse, it also gives residents a chance to get rid of clutter; it is a fun community event and a chance to get to know neighbors.