Back by popular demand! On Saturday, August 27th, the Citywide Yard Sale is returning to San Mateo. This is a wonderful way to build community relationships while also doing some end-of-summer cleaning and downsizing. Make your neighborhood safer by getting to know who lives around you, and practice sustainability by reducing, reusing, recycling, and reselling. Anyone who lives in the City of San Mateo can register for free by Friday, August 26th.
“The Citywide Yard Sale brings neighbors together to reuse and recycle the items they no longer need while providing an opportunity to form friendships and create a well-connected community,” said Donna Divodi, San Mateo Volunteer Coordinator. One of Divodi’s favorite things about this event is the neighborhood ties and connections that it makes. You get to know people living in your neighborhood and start watching out for one another, making your neighborhood safer. “When these connections form, residents look out for one another and pay attention to what’s happening next door, on their block and throughout their neighborhood,” Divodi said.
The website for the Yard Sale is incredibly easy and very helpful for everyone who may need it. You can register there and find all the information, tips, and ideas you may need to have a great sale. There is also an interactive map where you can see all of the sales in the city; this map will route you to the sales from wherever you are. The map also includes pictures of the items themselves. If you’re looking for a certain item, this map makes it easy to search for specific items in different sales. The search can also separate by single-sales and multifamily-sales.
When you register, you’re able to upload up to three pictures; pictures usually feature unique items in your sale. These are the photos that will show up on the map under your listing. This map function is the most helpful resource if you’re a shopper or bargain hunter.
If you want to participate in the Yard Sale but don’t have enough to fill up your yard, team up with neighbors and register as a multifamily-sale. This type of sale is a favorite of bargain-hunters, and you’re bound to get patrons to peruse your items. Live in an apartment, condo, or another type of home where you don’t have a yard? Ask your HOA or landlord if you’re able to sell in front of your building. If your HOA or landlord does not allow this, call a friend in the City and team up to have a multifamily-sale. This Yard Sale is as much a neighborhood fun-raiser as it is a fundraiser for you or possibly a local organization of your choice.
This is the second year the Citywide Yard Sale will happen with the helpful interactive map. Before last year, the Citywide Yard Sale had not been held for about a decade due to logistical issues. The technology available today makes this Citywide Yard Sale easier to organize and more fun for residents!
“The Yard Sale will provide a fun, interactive way to build community and establish the neighborly relationships that make San Mateo a safe, vibrant place to live and raise a family,” said Divodi. This is a great event for both sellers and buyers alike; get rid of some items that have been piling up in your home, or go out and find that gem you’ve been looking for at a great price.
On the day of the Citywide Yard Sale, join us by sharing “Photos of the Day” and unique treasures you’ve found along the way on social media by using the hashtag #SanMateoCitywideYardSale! We will share and retweet your posts to get everyone involved. For any questions, comments, or concerns, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.