Citywide Garage Sale

                                                                               SATURDAY - May 16, 2020 - 9 am to 3 pm

                                                                           **Registration due, monday, april 20th**

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 websites.  A complete map with listings is provided 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.

Online registration is available.  If you prefer to, please download a registration form for mailing purposes (Attn:  RERC, 7501 Schmidt Lane, El Cerrito) or drop off the completed registration form with payment at one of the following locations:  Recycling Center (7501 Schmidt Lane), Community Center (7007 Moeser Lane) or City Hall (10890 San Pablo Ave).  Fees can be paid via cash or check at any of the above facilities with the registration form.

The finalized map with locations and listings will be available Thursday, May 7th, 2020:  on our website, in the Exchange Zone at the Recycling + Environmental Resource Center (7501 Schmidt Lane), and at the Community Center (7007 Moeser Lane).  Please look for the newsstands at either location.  Copies will also be available at ECMAC and City Hall facilities.

Planning ahead? The Fall 2020 Citywide Garage Sale will occur on October 3rd.  Mark your calendars.


  This event is rain or shine.  In the event of inclement weather, it is the host's purview to cancel or proceed.

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