We all clean out our garages (at least occasionally). But when more than 150 artists do it, and put some of what they find up for sale, it can become a bargain hunter’s bonanza.
The space for Schack Art Center’s annual Artists’ Garage Sale on Saturday has expanded to take in an additional block in downtown Everett.
“This year, we’re closing the street all the way to Pacific Avenue,” said Maren Oates, spokeswoman for the Schack Art Center. “That has allowed us to open the event to more artists.”
The event was expanded to a second block because of demand from artists wanting to participate. At first, they were added to a wait list. But as more requests came in, organizers decided to find a way to get more space for the event, with participating artists from from as far away as Bellingham and Bellevue.
Last year, some 3,000 people attended the event, which takes place rain or shine.
Those who have been coming to the event in years’ past will notice how much more there will be to choose from, Oates said.
A variety of art will be available, including glass, garden art, paintings, prints, mixed media, jewelry, pottery and photography.
Other items, such as art supplies, frames and art books also will be available. “It’s really a clean-out-your-studio sale,” Oates said.
The event continues to draw big crowds 25 years after its founding due to its reputation for providing quality original art at reduced prices.
The sale began as an event at the home of Lisa Spreaker in 1995, who was chosen as artist of the year two years later by the Arts Council of Snohomish County.
The event moved to the Rosehill Community Center in Mukilteo and then moved back to the Schack Art Center in 2010.
Many artists prefer cash sales and there are ATMs close by. If nearby street parking is unavailable, parking is free on weekends at Everpark Garage, one block north at 2825 Hoyt Ave.
There’s a rush early in the day when shoppers are looking for the best selections from their favorite artists. As the day goes on, though, artists often drop their prices so they don’t have to box up and carry items home, Oates said, triggering another rush.
Sharon Salyer: 425-339-3486 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you go
The Artists’ Garage Sale is scheduled rain or shine from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 1 near the Schack Art Center 2921 Hoyt Ave., between Hewitt and Pacific avenues in Everett. The event is free. Call 425-259-5050 or go to tinyurl.com/schackartsale19.