Bargain hunters, rejoice! It’s Garage Sale Season – Medford News, Weather, Sports, Breaking News

As the sun begins to make a steady appearance and temperatures suggest they might be dragging into the 70s, city-wide and community-wide garage sales are becoming almost a seasonal sport.

Flashing brake lights and a myriad of “sale” signs adorn wooden poles and intersections across Rogue Valley – and cheap goodies are the name of the game.

Towns and neighborhoods in the region hold informal sales every year from spring to fall.

Most sales are informal, ‘sunrise-to-sunset’, while others are a little more formal and offer sellers the option of registering on a seller card.

Central Point Chamber of Commerce executive director Stephanie Hendrickson said a pair of sales in her town are so eagerly awaited each year that there would likely be a protest if they were ever cancelled.

“Central Point’s citywide garage sales are not to be missed,” Hendrickson said.

“We recorded over 200 sales at our last scheduled event and we expect even more this year. Our sales are so popular that we have them twice a year and we encourage people to visit our local stores and restaurants while they are in the area.

Whether you’re buying or selling, sales give you the chance to shop around for a bargain or clear out that overcrowded garage.

May 14-15 (Phoenix)

Sales kick off Saturday with the City of Phoenix and “Travel Phoenix” offering a three-day sale. Residents who live in the city are encouraged to hold their own yard or yard sale, and visitors are also encouraged to check out local businesses that also hold sidewalk sales.

To view an online sales map, visit travelphoenixoregon.com/city-wide-yard-sale/

May 21 (midpoint)

One week after the Phoenix sale, the first of two sales for the city of Central Point will take place on Saturday, May 21. Sellers can register on the Chamber of Commerce website, centralpointchamber.org (under the events tab). Anyone residing in the 97502 postal code is invited to participate.

A map of the sales will be available to print or download online by May 18, with a limited number of printed copies available at the chamber brochure kiosk on the day of the sale. For more information, call 541-664-5301 or visit online.

May 28-29 (East Medford)

Rounding out the trio of big sales this month is one hosted by a Greater East and SE Medford community group that encourages all Medford residents to hold their own sales on Saturday and Sunday.

Updated details will be posted on facebook.com/groups/548223739151039. It’s a private Facebook group, so you’ll need to apply to join by going to the page.

August 27 (midpoint)

Skipping the hottest days of summer and making a comeback at the end of August, the Central Point Chamber of Commerce is predicting a second sale the last weekend in August. Like the first sale, it will have a map and the ability to register local sales. See centralpointchamber.org closer to the event.

September 9-11 (Jacksonville)

One of the most popular sales in the area, attracting buyers from out of state, the Jacksonville citywide sale is held annually the weekend following Labor Day.

Shoppers are encouraged to carpool as parking is extremely limited. The sale is informal, except for the chamber and city authorities who announce the annual date.

September 24-25 (East Medford)

Another “second of two” sales, the Greater East and South East Community Group of Medford will be sponsoring a fall sale in late September. Updated details will be posted online, facebook.com/groups/548223739151039

October 8-9 (The Expo)

An indoor sale full of local sellers of second-hand goodies and vintage items, the fall “Barnstormers Vintage Fair” will take over from the Expo in early October.

Sellers and buyers are encouraged to register and purchase tickets in advance. For more details, see facebook.com/BarnstormersVFor barnstormersvintagefair.com. For more information email [email protected]

October 21-22 (Eagle Point)

A final community-wide fall sale will be hosted by the Eagle Point Golf Course community, which will hold a multitude of sales in its various neighborhoods this year in late October. The sale is well attended, and most residents of the golf course neighborhood fill their lawns, garages and driveways with second-hand goodies.

For more information, email [email protected] or call 541-385-7799.

Contact freelance writer Buffy Pollock at [email protected]