Items from a garage sale in Mill Creek, Washington on Saturday, May 6, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

Items from a garage sale in Mill Creek, Washington on Saturday, May 6, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

Bargains galore as yard sale season kicks off in Mill Creek and beyond

The Great Mukilteo Garage Sale is Saturday. Mega community sales continue through spring and summer.

MILL CREEK — Flowers are blooming on lawns, and so are bargains.

Yard sale springing has sprung.

Some communities make a day of it with citywide sales.

Over the weekend, Mill Creek kicked off the season with its big sale, held on the first Saturday of May and October.

If you missed it, head to the annual Great Mukilteo Garage Sale on Saturday, a draw for deal hunters from near and afar. The Mukilteo spree covers south Everett, Picnic Point and Lake Serene, with indoor shopping at the Rosehill Community Center near the waterfront.

Selling apps and online sites can’t replace old-school thrifting in driveways and garages.

People look at items during a garage sale in Mill Creek, Washington on Saturday, May 6, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

People look at items during a garage sale in Mill Creek, Washington on Saturday, May 6, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

Citywide sales let buyers swoop up a smorgasbord of stuff and give sellers maximum exposure.

“You don’t have to advertise,” said Lisa Frahm of Mill Creek. “It’s a great way to meet your neighbors and help support everybody.”

She was part of a group sale Saturday in Mill Creek to raise money for P.E.O., Philanthropic Educational Organization, which helps women pursue higher education.

Cash is the main currency at yard sales, but some take payment apps such as Venmo or Square.

At community sales, park in one place to hit multiple spots in a neighborhood and try not to forget where you parked your car.

Impulse buying is recommended. If you don’t get it, it might not be there later when you can’t get it out of your head and come back, that is, if you even remember where you saw it in the first place.

A sign for a garage sale in Mill Creek, Washington on Saturday, May 6, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

A sign for a garage sale in Mill Creek, Washington on Saturday, May 6, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

You just might find it for free by the road at Mukilteo’s curbside cleanup on May 20. That’s when residents pile big items and yard sale leftovers by the street for the annual takeaway.

Other May sales include:

• The West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day on May 13 has 400 sellers registered. Descriptions are on online map and list at westseattleblog.com.

• The South Snoho County Mega Multi Neighborhood Garage Sale in neighborhoods off 134th Place SE and Cathcart Way is May 13, according to garagesalestracker.com.

• Richmond Beach Community Sale on May 20 has multiple sales in the Shoreline area.

Mega sales continue through summer.

A garage sale in Mill Creek, Washington on Saturday, May 6, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

A garage sale in Mill Creek, Washington on Saturday, May 6, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

• The city of Marysville’s Junk in the Trunk is July 8 at Marysville Community Center. Vendors sell from trunks and tables. Food trucks add to the festivity.

• The All Marysville Garage Sale is Aug. 18, 19 and 20.

• Everett’s Northwest Neighborhood Association’s “Mother of All Garage Sales” is Aug. 5 in the area around Drew Nielsen Neighborhood Park.

Check this story for updates.

Andrea Brown: 425-339-3443; abrown@heraldnet.com; Twitter: @reporterbrown.

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