Citywide Garage Sale

SATURDAY - October 13, 2018 - 9 am to 3 pm


In the Spring and the Fall, the City of El Cerrito coordinates the Citywide Garage Sale.  We help to advertise the event through the Bay Area News Group, 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 11 x 17 hardcopy to simplify shopping for all interested parties.  This popular event is a great opportunity to support and encourage reuse while reducing clutter.


  • Download the Registration Form and mail it with your check or money order to: RERC, Citywide Garage Sale, 10890 San Pablo Ave., El Cerrito, 94530.
  • You can also drop off the completed registration form with cash, check, or money order at one of the following locations: 1) Recycling Center (7501 Schmidt Lane), 2) City Hall (10890 San Pablo Avenue) or 3) Community Center (7007 Moeser Lane).
  • Register Online
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.
Items at a Garage Sale