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Community turns out for All Marysville Garage Sale


August 23, 2017 | View PDF

Christopher Andersson

Local Kim Carey peruses through paintings at Judy Johnson's garage sale on Aug. 18. Johnson's sale was one of the sales on the map for the All Marysville Garage Sale weekend.

More than 70 locals hosted garage sales in Marysville during the first All Marysville Garage Sale weekend held from Aug. 18 to 20.

The event was meant to start an all-city garage sale similar to events in other areas.

"My wife enjoys events like these," said William Frankhouser, a Marysville local who organized this year's event.

Frankhouser said his wife has been to events like Arlington's Gleneagle garage sale event and Everett's "Mother of All Garage Sales" event and enjoys hunting for deals during those weekends.

"So we thought why not have one that is close by," he said.

Frankhouser said that the organizers didn't have much time after choosing their dates for August, but received 77 locations that registered to host events and more than 1,000 people interested in the event from their Facebook page.

"We feel we did a pretty good job," he said, "especially for short notice."

Local Cody Christy was one of those who hosted a garage sale during the weekend.

"I think the all city garage sale is great. I think it's a good community event and I'm glad they pulled something together in our area," he said.

"All the other surrounding areas have their own, so it's nice to see something come to our town," he said.

He said that his sale had been very busy throughout the day.

"We've had a lot of traffic and a lot of people passing through," he said.

Frankhouser said that he's seen many of the sales with a good amount of activity, but not all.

"I have driven around to look at a lot of the sales and some are doing a lot of business and some are a little slower, but it's only Friday now," he said, adding he expected it to pick up going into the weekend.

Part of the advantage of joining an all-city garage sale is the shared advertising and the amount of extra traffic having many sales at once can bring.

Another advantage is that it helps get the community connected to each other, said Frankhouser.

Local Judy Johnson, who hosted a garage sale during the weekend, said she liked that it brought out people to her neighborhood.

"It gets people out and neighbors out talking to each other," she said.

"We've had people come by and didn't even know this neighborhood existed," she added.

Johnson and her neighbors happened to be planning a garage sale the same day as the event and put their sale up onto the event's website at

The website also provided a map for shoppers to look through with all of the 77 registered sales during that day.

Frankhouser said one of the drawbacks of this year's event was that the sales were a little scattered across the city.

"There's definitely some traveling involved," he said. "But that's partially because we wanted to keep it open for all of Marysville."

He hopes if the event grows in size there will be less traveling required.

Local Kim Carey shopped at a couple of the garage sales when she was driving home on Friday and was excited to learn they were part of the new All Marysville Garage Sale event.

"I think it's a great idea," she said. "I think we should put it on every year."

"We used to have one in Bayview Ridge all the time and it kind of died down," she said.

Christopher Andersson

Local David Nesmith looks through some of the items at Cody Christy's garage sale on Aug. 18. Christy's sale was one of the sales involved in the All Marysville Garage Sale weekend.

Frankhouser hopes to make the All Marysville Garage Sale an annual event that happens on the third weekend of August, which would be a date that doesn't conflict with any of the other major garage sale events in the areas surrounding Marysville, he said.

"We get a lot of feedback from people that love it and hope that it can return next year," he said.

With more time to advertise and get the word out, Frankhouser thinks that bigger goals are possible for next year.

"Definitely next year with more time to prepare we could have a goal of 100 to 150 garage sales," he said.

Frankhouser also hopes to take comments about how to make the event better.

"We hope that the shoppers provide feedback ... and also those who are hosting garage sales provide their feedback as well," he said.

For more information or to provide your feedback go to the All Marysville Garage Sale website at


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