MUKILTEO — If you put your junque in your front yard, a few hagglers might scope it out.
If the whole town does it, a swarm will come and hand you money to cart it away.
For three decades, this has been an annual rite of spring at the Great Mukilteo Garage Sale, happening Saturday. Some sales continue Sunday.
If you miss it, Mill Creek’s citywide sale is May 5, with more towns on tap for summer.
Community sales draw hundreds of people. Many return every year.
“We make a day of it,” said Marli Jenkins, 45, of Everett, who plans to fill up her van with finds in Mukilteo. “My aunt started me on my journey of garage saling as a teen. One year we all wore cowboy hats. We found a stack at a sale and we all put them on and wore them.”
Back then, her uncle would drive the sale seekers around.
“We’d hit where a sale was. The car would still be rolling when we’re jumping out,” said her aunt, Alicia Morphew, of Whidbey Island. “We furnished our whole house coming to the Mukilteo garage sale.”
Mayor Jennifer Gregerson called the sale “a unique opportunity to meet our neighbors and share our treasures with each other … and sustainably reuse everything from armchairs to baby clothes to handy tools.”
Virginia Wegenast unpacked 20 boxes of stuff that had been sitting in her garage and turned it into an organized spread on tables. “I have a set of Kinkade dishes, two older little dolls that have seven outfits to go with them, a stereo set,” she said.
Prices ranged from $3 for a 50-year-old 2,219-page Webster’s dictionary to a new Samsung 65-inch TV for $1,200. (The dictionary has been sold.)
This weekend’s mega sale covers Mukilteo and nearby south Everett, Picnic Point and Serene Lake.
Look for signs or pick up a listing map at the Mukilteo Beacon, which started the whale of a sale 31 years ago. Or follow the cars, with caution. Some folks stop without warning at every of site of clutter to be had for cheap, and it’s usually not the vehicles with the “I Brake For Yard Sales” bumper stickers.
Take a photo of where you park. In the frenzied excitement of lawn after lawn deals, it’s easy to lose your car in a subdivision where homes look alike.
If parking gymnastics and prancing on yards isn’t your thing, head to Rosehill Community Center in Old Town. There will be about 30 vendors inside and a few food trucks. Parking is available in the center’s lots.
Kristen Costello, Rosehill recreation programmer, said the sale draws more than 1,000 people to the center to shop the medley of merchandise.
“We had an artificial limb one year,” she said. “We get everything. A homemade plane. Knitted Minion hats. One year we had Fiesta ware that sold within the first 10 minutes of the event.”
The nearby Sydney Bakery & Wine Bar will sell wine glasses, dishes, silverware and bottles of wine.
It’s the last chance to get Sydney scones and coffee. The bakery recently closed and a vegan restaurant will open soon in its place at 613 Fifth St.
Can’t make Mukilteo’s sale? Cruise the curbs. Residents put out a range of stuff for the practically-anything-goes Spring Clean-Up on regular garbage pickup days April 30 and May 2.
Andrea Brown: 425-339-3443; abrown @herald net.com. Twitter: @reporterbrown.