Got stuff you longer want? Someone, somewhere can probably use it. The Citywide Garage Sale Day offers residents an opportunity to host garage sales and the City pays for Sunnyvale Sun printed advertising, hosts online search and mapping guide listings and promotes the event in both the Sunnyvale Sun and Mercury News. Sellers will have the option of hosting a sale both Saturday and Sunday when they register their sale online. The City does not require special permitting for personal garage or yard sales, however, signs need to be removed after sales to help prevent littering. Residents are encouraged to host garage sales throughout the year as a means to keep useful items in circulation for reuse rather than disposing of them in the landfill, or they may consider donating unwanted items (see Donations below).
2014 Citywide Garage Sale Day TBD
Tools for a Successful Garage Sale Day
The internet abounds with ideas on hosting and shopping garage sales. Here are a few useful tools:
There are many donation resources—second-hand and consignment stores, or charitable organizations such as the Community Services Center—that will re-sell or simply give away donations. Other options:
- Sell items on eBay or Craigslist.
- Offer items for free at Freecycle Sunnyvale, a local trading site just for the Sunnyvale community.
- The Recycling Program's Reuse Resources list provides a number of secondhand stores and charitable organizations that will accept your donations for resale and reuse.
Unwanted items should be disposed in the landfill only as a last resort. The SMaRT Station hosts Extra Dumping Weekends for Sunnyvale residents in the spring and fall each year for no-cost disposal of unwanted, or no longer useful items. Single-family residents may prefer to use a convenient On-Call Collection appointment on regular garbage service days and place items at the curb for collection at no extra charge.
The City hosts a number of recycling events for residents, view the 2013 Recycling Events Calendar to take advantage of other recycling opportunities that promote waste reduction, reuse and recycling.
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