Lots of great finds at Andover’s citywide garage sales

Warm weather and good deals drew people to 187 garage sales in Andover last week.

Tracy Bebus of Andover looks through clothes available for purchase at an Andover garage sale.
Tracy Bebus of Andover looks through clothes available for purchase at an Andover garage sale.

Garage sales are a common occurrence in the summer, but this is the third year that the city of Andover has organized a three-day event in which residents include their address in a comprehensive citywide garage sale list.

This year’s Andover citywide garage sale began May 17 and concluded May 19.

Although the city advertised that the sales would not officially begin until 9 a.m. each day, that did not stop people from showing up early. Angie Quistad said one person knocked on her door around 7:20 a.m. even though her garage door was closed.

Quistad, a 15-year resident of Andover, has held her own garage sales, but this was the first time she participated in the citywide garage sale. One of her neighbors, Tammy Lund, who has lived in Andover for about 20 years, was also a rookie to this event.

Lund said with people throughout the city being involved, it probably brings in more people.

Quistad said Friday afternoon that she had not recognized anyone who stopped by up to that point.

Tabitha Brown of Coon Rapids was mainly looking for clothes for her two children. She also found a great deal on a dresser.

“The more yard sales, the better,” Brown said.

Angie Brisbin said Friday afternoon that she had seen a pretty consistent flow of people and thought it was great to see people out and about at the sales.

Participation has been steady over the three-year history of this event, according to statistics shared by Dana Makinen, who is Andover’s human resources manager and has organized the citywide garage sale initiative each year. During the inaugural sale in 2010, 181 homes were listed. There were 192 addresses listed in 2011 and 187 this year.

Eric Hagen is at [email protected]