Portland garage sale season is May-September
With the rise in minimalist lifestyle and the influence of Netflix’s Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, this might go down at the best garage sale season in history.
If you love a good find and a good deal, plan your garage sale hunting around these neighborhood events. Portland neighborhood garage sales offer a full day of summertime fun, as well as a cool way to see the various suburbia of the city.
Tips for shopping at a garage sale
Before you embark on your garage sale adventure, make sure you a prepared for whatever awesome find the day has to offer.
- Have enough cash. These sales take place in neighborhoods and some are not close to an ATM. Help your fellow sale-goers by bringing small bills and coins.
- Choose your time. Do you want to get there early and be first in line for fabulous finds or do you wan to make a deal at the end? Either way, have a strategy for what you’re after.
- Be hands free. These neighborhood sales can be very busy and you may have a walk a while back to your car. I recommend an empty backpack to put stuff in and a comfy pair of shoes.
- If you don’t love it, leave it. You don’t want to have to sell it in your own garage sale next year.
Portland Neighborhood Garage Sales
Just outside of Portland in Southeast, Happy Valley is hillside city overlooking I-205. Hours are set by each sale host. Be on the lookout for maps online as well as printed ones available at Elka Bees Coffee, Mediterranean Grill, and Starbucks next to Safeway.
This is definitely one of Portland’s neighborhoods worth visiting anytime of the year. You’ll enjoy admiring the homes and Laurelhurst park while bargain hunting in this Southeast Portland neighborhood. This year makes the 37th annual sale. Stroll through the looping streets, admire the architecture and find a treasure.
Located in Southeast Portland, this neighborhood features wonderful early 20th century homes. It is the type of place you want to spend the afternoon strolling down the sidewalks admiring the beauty of old Portland. If you are looking for upper scale items, chances are you’ll find them here.
Maywood Park in Northeast Portland has been the city within the city since 1967. Yes, it is literally an incorporated city within Portland city. City Council. Mayor. You name it. Every year they also host an annual garage sale within the city limits. Take a stroll through a new city and see what they have to offer!
This may come as a shock to some of you have been in Portland for 20+ years, but Lents is now an up and coming neighborhood with great summer events. Also, everyone is moving to SE. I’m here to bet there are a lot of unpacked boxes with treasures in them that will be up for grabs! Stop by July 27 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
In Northeast Portland, Concordia is in the heart of the Alberta and Killingsworth Street restaurant and art scene. This location makes for a fun walk. A 2019 map will be released soon.
Located in North Portland, Kenton is home to the Paul Bunyan statue and a charming main street on Denver Ave. This neighborhood sale is very well organized event with a detailed map that lets you see exactly where the sales are taking place. Last year they had more than 100 participating households.
This neighborhood encompasses a stretch just south of Powell Blvd in Southeast. The sale usually takes place the first weekend of October. I’ll share more details as soon as the 2019 date is released.
In deep Southeast, this neighborhood garage sale is a loose gathering of neighbors who want to participate. Last year, participants posted their address and photos within the Facebook event. Date TBA.
The Forest Heights community in West Portland opens its neighborhood to an annual garage sale. Date TBA.
Garage Sale Map
gsalr.com offers a full map of garage sales throughout the city. You can also post your own sale.
Word on the street is that many of these local estate sales offer 50 percent off on the last day. See a full list of Portland locations here.
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