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When and where is the Capitol Hill Garage Sale?

Sunday, September 8th from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. in the Sunbowl (at Olive Street) in Cal Anderson Park and across Capitol Hill. Visitors can access Cal Anderson Park by streetcar, bus or light rail. For people selling in the park, there is only on-street parking along the edge of the park, so for load-in and out you may want to have a buddy who can help you load-in from 11th or Olive.

What time should I arrive?

People selling at a community space in the park may arrive at 8:30 a.m. to begin setting up. The sale begins at 10:00 a.m. after which people must be entirely set up. Each community space will have a table and two chairs.

Do I need to stay the whole time?

Yes – we ask that you stay from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. for slot that you have signed up for. Some people have an elaborate operation, so you are welcome to start setting-up in the park after 8:30 a.m.

Do you have tables we can use?

One table and two chairs will be provided for all people who register to sell in the park. We are asking that sellers who wish to have a tent to supply their own. 

Can I leave my remaining items in the park, after the sale?

Absolutely not. The Garage Sale closes at 3:00pm, and we must load out and leave the park as we found it by 4:30pm.  While there are a few on-site trash and recycling receptacles, we ask that you plan to take all of your remaining belongings with you when you leave. Think Burning Man on a budget. Unsold items must not be left in the park or near the park dumpsters. If you are interested in donating some of your unsold belongings, Capitol Hill is blessed to have a variety of thrift stores that would be happy to take your treasures:

  • Capitol Hill Goodwill, 115 Belmont Ave. E. (Sunday Donation Hours: 9am-6pm)

  • Out of the Closet, 1016 E. Pike St. (Sunday Donation Hours: 10am-6pm)

  • Lifelong Thrift, 312 Broadway E. (Sunday Donation Hours: 11am-7pm)

How do I calculate my parks sales fee?

Seattle Parks and Recreation collects 10% of any sales that transpire in the park.  We will provide a handy tracking sheet to help you keep track of your sales.

Are there bathrooms available?

There are park bathrooms adjacent to the shelter house, along the Olive Street walkway.  

Will there be someone to watch my table if I need a bathroom break?

We will have several volunteers on hand to assist. You just need to flag one of us down or stop by the information booth.

What other programming will be in the park during the Garage Sale?

During the Garage Sale, we will have amplified music in Cal Anderson Park. Tasty beverages and treats available will be available at the Capitol Hill Farmers Market just a block away on Broadway (open from 11:00am until 3:00pm). 

Who runs the Garage Sale?

The Capitol Hill Garage Sale celebrates its tenth anniversary this year and was created by a group of volunteers as way to build community in a neighborhood of apartments, as well as to activate a vacant parking lot on Pine Street. The Garage Sale moved to Cal Anderson Park a few years ago and now is hosted by the Cal Anderson Park Alliance (CAPA) in collaboration with the Capitol Hill Seattle Blog and other neighborhood sponsors. The Garage Sale is organized entirely by neighborhood volunteers. All funds generated by booth fees go directly back into the Garage Sale/Seattle Parks and Recreation to cover programming and maintenance costs of Cal Anderson Park.  

What is the Cal Anderson Park Alliance?

CAPA is an organization that was founded in 2006 to bring together neighborhood and city stakeholders who are dedicated to generating creative, innovative activities, programs and events to activate Cal Anderson Park. CAPA seeks to build and sustain healthy, safe and varied uses for the park. The Garage Sale is one of the park’s annual programs. 

How can I get involved in the Garage Sale or Cal Anderson Park?

This is a volunteer run event and we are always looking for people in the neighborhood to help us advocate for and activate the park. Please reach out to: CalAndersonPark@gmail.com


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