Citywide Garage Sale

fall event
saturday, October 8, 2022


The City of El Cerrito biannually coordinates the Citywide Garage Sale in the Spring and in the Fall.  It is an event that promotes reuse, so that one person's trash, becomes another person's treasure!  Additionally, the City publicizes the event via citywide newsletters, newspaper ads, and  creates an 11x17 duplexed map, so that shoppers can easily find host locations enticed by sale descriptions.

The Fall Citywide Garage Sale is scheduled to occur on October 8th, 2022 from 9 am to 3 pm.  Registration forms with the non-refundable $26 fee are due by Friday, September 9, 2022 which allows enough time to create the map. The map will be available on Thursday, September 29th, one week prior to the event.

Consider hosting a garage sale at your home, school, or church. 

  • Download and legibly complete the Fall Citywide Garage Sale Registration Form 
  • REQUIRED - a non-refundable registration fee of $25  
  • Make all checks payable to the City of El Cerrito
  • Online Registration Coming Soon!

Registration Form & Fee Drop-off Sites Include:  The Recycling Center business office (at 7501 Schmidt Lane), the Community Center office (at 7007 Moeser Lane) or City Hall front counter (at 10890 San Pablo Avenue) in El Cerrito.


Contact us via email or call us at 510.215.4350.

please note:  This event is rain or shine.  In inclement weather including poor air quality due to wildfire smoke, it will be the host's purview to cancel or proceed.

dID You Know?

In 1990, El Cerrito resident, Marianne Hegeman, proposed the concept of a Citywide Garage Sale to the El Cerrito City Council. Hegeman, an avid proponent of reuse and recycling, got the idea shortly after the Loma Prieta earthquake in October 1989, when many residents in El Cerrito could not have their home foundations inspected because their garages were packed full of stuff. The City Council endorsed the idea and the City has held one or two garage sales per year ever since.

Each year the City’s Recycling + Environmental Resource Center designates a date for residents who want to participate and hold their own garage sales. The City then advertises and promotes the event, attracting shoppers from all over the East Bay. The event not only promotes reuse, it also gives residents a chance to get rid of clutter; it is a fun community event and a chance to get to know neighbors.

Items at a Garage Sale