More than 70 garage sales were set up last weekend as part of the All Marysville Garage Sale’s return to the community.

The event, which has been held since 2017 but was canceled last year, came back this year on Aug. 20 to 22.

In total the event had 73 garage sales sign up.

“We didn’t hit our goal of 100 sales,” said William Frankhouser, organizer for the event, who added he was happy with the number considering the circumstances of the pandemic.

“My family and I are already out looking at some of the sales,” he said. “There’s a lot of stuff to find this year."

He noted that because of the pandemic there was a long pause for garage sales and community members have had a while to go through their homes to look for items.

Buyers enjoy finding treasures at the sales and sellers like coming together, said Frankhouser.

“It’s just an opportunity for these sellers to come out and meet their neighbors,” he said.

Many neighborhoods join together to create larger community sales. “It’s good just to have a common event and meet your community,” said Frankhouser.

Locals stopped at many of the sales throughout the weekend.

Community member Heidi Smith said she didn’t know about the All Marysville Garage Sale before stopping at one of the sales while driving home from work, but she said she thought it was a good idea.

“I think it’s great and it’s a good way for people to come out and socialize a bit and do it safely, get a positive connection,” she said.

Community groups, such as Maryfest, the local nonprofit organization that runs the Marysville Strawberry Festival, also got in on the All Marysville Garage Sale this year.

“A very nice lady donated her whole house-full of merchandise for us,” said Gail Frost, Maryfest president.

“Everything we raise this weekend is going to go toward keeping the Strawberry Festival going since we haven’t had a festival for the last two years,” said Frost.

Frost said the first day of the event went well for Maryfest’s sale.

“I think it’s going really good. We had a lot of stuff this morning and it’s really whittling down,” she said.

Frankhouser started the All Marysville Garage Sale in 2017 after seeing similar events in other communities, such as Everett’s Mother of All Garage Sales event.

“I appreciate the support of the community for this event,” he said.

“I hope to bring it back bigger and better every year,” he said.

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