Palo Alto Weekly

News - May 31, 2013

Palo Alto to host Citywide Yard Sale June 8

Online, interactive map to guide shoppers to 320 residents' sales

The number of Palo Alto retailers is expected to spike on Saturday, June 8, as more than 320 residents host garage sales as part of the Citywide Yard Sale.

A 1930s Wedgewood stove, numerous guitars, hamster habitats and at least one chainsaw are all in the offering, according to the city.

The biennial sale, which was launched in the 1990s, has become a bargain hunter's staple, drawing buyers from as far away as Modesto and Gilroy, according to Wendy Hediger, the city's Zero Waste program coordinator.

In years past, some sales have drawn 250 shoppers, she said. This year, with expanded advertising, she anticipates even more buyers.

But beyond giving people a chance to find bargains and earn some cash, the city's purpose is to help residents reduce waste, conserve resources and reduce the city's carbon footprint.

"By coordinating residents' yard sales, we hope to encourage the Bay Area community to keep useful items out of the landfill," Hediger stated in a press release.

Making second-hand items available also diverts people from buying brand-new items, which require energy to manufacture and transport. It even beats recycling.

"Reuse is much better than recycling," Hediger stated. "Reusing functional items is good for us, our community and the environment."

This year, smartphone and tablet users can navigate the yard sales using an online, interactive map. The map, at www.PaloAltoOnline.com/yardsale, lists each yard-sale address, the nearest cross street and the items being offered.

Using geolocation, the map can show the phone or tablet user where the nearest sales are as the shopper travels around the city.

"We hope the new map will make it easier for you," Hediger said.

For those who prefer paper, a pull-out map and list of sales items will be printed in the Palo Alto Weekly next Friday, June 7.

The sale will run from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

At this point, Hediger said her only concern about the Citywide Yard Sale is the weather. While early June usually boasts sunny skies, a few years ago, there was a hail storm on sale day. She's hoping for seasonally normal weather June 8.

The yard sale map is posted at www.PaloAltoOnline.com/yardsale. The Weekly is co-sponsoring the sale.

— Jocelyn Dong

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