Clean house, make a few bucks

Community garage sale set April 29 with Spring Cleanup to follow
By Nicholas Johnson | Apr 12, 2017

If it’s spring, it must be time to clean house.

As the days grow longer and sunshine returns, residents of Mukilteo are emerging from a long winter spent hunkered in their homes and taking a hard look around, noticing the many knick-knacks, pieces of unused furniture and other often-overlooked items that simply seem to be taking up space.

For the 30th consecutive year, hundreds of people will haul their wares – the good, the bad and the ugly – into the garage or onto the driveway, dust it all off and set it out for sale as part of the Great Mukilteo Garage Sale, set this year for Saturday, April 29.

The community event is a joint effort to clean out our homes and attract bargain shoppers from near and far. It’s not only an opportunity to play your very own game of “Let’s Make a Deal,” it’s also a chance to visit with your neighbors, and maybe sell them some of your old stuff while you’re at it.

The communitywide garage sale was started in 1988 by the Mukilteo Business Association, which later became the Mukilteo Chamber of Commerce.

On April 28, 1993, the Mukilteo Beacon published its first guide to the garage sale in coordination with the business association, which at that time benefited from the sale’s proceeds. The business association has since ceded control of the sale, leaving the Beacon as its sole arbiter.

 

How it works

In 1993, inclusion in the Beacon’s official guide of garage sales cost $7, plus $1 for a garage sale sign. Today, the cost $11, and the sign is included for free.

If you are planning to host a garage sale and would like to be included in the official guide that will reach tens of thousands of eyeballs through the Mukilteo and Edmonds Beacon newspapers, cut out the application form in this newspaper, fill it out and get it us by April 20.

Applications can be mailed to The Mukilteo Beacon at 806 5th St., Mukilteo, WA 98275, or dropped off at the same address.

You can also pick up your free garage sale sign at the Beacon office between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Extra signs cost $1.50, but if you bring in canned food or another non-perishable food item for donation to the Mukilteo Food Bank, we’ll give you a second sign for free.

Our guide is divided into four geographical areas so bargain shoppers can find you more easily. Those areas include south Everett-north Mukilteo, central Mukilteo north, central Mukilteo south and south Mukilteo.

Your listing can be 25 words in length. Each word after that will cost you 30 cents.

 

Spring cleanup

In the week following the garage sale, the city of Mukilteo is once again sponsoring the Spring Cleanup, an opportunity to throw out or recycle anything you don’t want to haul back into the house.

This is a community service for residents within the city limits who are served either by Waste Management and Rubatino Refuse Removal, Inc.

For south Mukilteo residents with Waste Management as their refuse removal company, Spring Cleanup takes place on your regular trash pickup day of Monday, May 1.

For north Mukilteo residents with Rubatino as their refuse removal company, Spring Cleanup takes place on your regular trash pickup day of Wednesday, May 3.

Items for pickup must be bundled, boxed or bagged and placed at curbside with your regular trash container. There is no limit to the number of bundles you can place for pickup, however, each must be light enough for an average person to lift.

Large quantities and large items must be placed on a public street where large trucks can easily pick them up. No alleys or private streets, please.

Branches and limbs must be wrapped or bundled in lengths of no more than three feet. Large tree rounds or entire trees will not be picked up.

You may arrange for pickup of refrigerators and freezers by calling 425-263-8000, prior to the end of the day on Friday, April 28. Please remove doors from all appliances before placing at curbside. You do not need to call in other large items, just place them with your regular trash.

Items not accepted for this event: paints, solvents, pesticides, gasoline, cleaning materials, rocks, tires, concrete, construction debris or sod, entire trees or large tree rounds.

Televisions, computers, laptops and computer monitors will not be picked up, either. Those items can be recycled for free through a manufacturer-sponsored system. For locations, visit www.ecyclewashington.org or call 1-800-recycle. Electronics may also be recycled at Ace Metal Company, 11110 Mukilteo Speedway.

Snohomish County has a household hazardous waste drop-off station at 3434 McDougall Ave. in Everett.

If you have clothing and small household items to donate, consider Goodwill at 228 SW Everett Mall Way or NW Center at 12108 Mukilteo Speedway.

Other places to donate items include New & Again Thrift Shoppe at 3116 Rucker Ave. in Everett, The Opportunity Shop – A 2nd Hand Boutique at 6915 Evergreen Way in Everett, and The Assistance League of Everett at 5107 Evergreen Way in Everett.

For more information about the Spring Cleanup, contact the city at 425-263-8000 or visit www.mukilteowa.gov.

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