Sylvan Lake, Keego Harbor set to host garage sales

‘This time, I think bicycles would be in high demand’

By: Mark Vest | West Bloomfield Beacon | Published May 28, 2021

 Residents can enjoy bargains and the outdoors via a citywide garage sale hosted by the Sylvan Lake Home and Garden Tour.

Residents can enjoy bargains and the outdoors via a citywide garage sale hosted by the Sylvan Lake Home and Garden Tour.

Photo provided by Cindy Hannah

 Sylvan Lake Home and Garden Tour committee team member Marylou Gasiorowski expects some “pent-up demand.”

Sylvan Lake Home and Garden Tour committee team member Marylou Gasiorowski expects some “pent-up demand.”

Photo provided by Cindy Hannah

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SYLVAN LAKE/KEEGO HARBOR — Those who like garage sales and mingling have ample reason to be excited as the Sylvan Lake Home and Garden Tour prepares to host its City Wide Garage Sale 9 a.m.-4 p.m. May 27-29.

According to committee team member Cindy Hannah, Keego Harbor will be hosting a citywide garage sale the same weekend.

Residents missed out on the events last year due to COVID-19.

Hannah estimated that the event has taken place for at least 10 years.

She said, last time, there were almost 50 permits sold for residents to host a sale in their driveway or garage.

Hannah isn’t sure what the numbers will be like this year, but there may be reason to believe that residents have plenty of goods that could find their way into garages or driveways.

“One of the things that’s happened is everybody got an opportunity to stay home, organize and really put some thought into their home organization,” said Hannah, who has been a Sylvan Lake resident for approximately 20 years. “So it wouldn’t surprise me if there was a big turnout for the garage sale, because people have focused so much on organizing their home.”

Sylvan Lake resident and committee team member Marylou Gasiorowski discussed the possibility of what could happen after not having the sales last year.

“I think we’re (going to) have some pent-up demand on both the seller side and, I think, on the buying side, as well,” she said. “It’s a lovely opportunity to wander the neighborhood, meet your neighbors, be outside. Hopefully, the weather will be in our favor.”

Hannah was asked about her favorite part of the citywide garage sales.

“If we’re blessed with beautiful weather, it’s a wonderful opportunity to tour around, say hello to your neighbors, maybe get to know some neighbors that you have never met before, and celebrate the beauty of Sylvan Lake,” she said.

Hannah also provided some ideas as to the kind of items that may be available for purchase at the sales.

“We have anything from people selling their unused furniture to clothing,” she said. “We have a resident that makes bird houses out of various items; they’re homemade bird houses. We have people selling homeware, jewelry, you name it — buckets of baseballs, sports equipment, bicycles. This time, I think bicycles would be in high demand.”

With COVID-19 being a present-day reality, fun and the opportunity to purchase goods may need to be balanced with proper safety precautions.

“We’ve asked homeowners to be COVID respectful — wear masks, keep the garage sales outside in their driveway or open-air garage, 6 feet of social distancing,” Hannah said. “We’re hoping that the garage sale attendees are also respectful, just approaching the house, how many people are there, to be kind and courteous. That will help us have a safe, successful garage sale within our city.”

Hannah expects sales to be taking place on “every street,” and she shared a way to help navigate them.

“We will have maps at City Hall,” she said. “Attendees can stop by and pick up a map at the front door of City Hall, and we’ll have a list of addresses that are hosting garage sales.”

Sylvan Lake’s City Hall is also where those interested in having a sale can purchase a permit for $20.

Hannah said the proceeds from permit sales go toward the Sylvan Lake Home and Garden Tour.

“The tour then takes all of our money and uses it for things that the city needs, primarily around the Community Center,” she said. “We’ve purchased a number of items for the Community Center, such as kitchen appliances, tables and chairs, the lawn’s irrigation system. We also did city signage. So the signs that you see when you come into the city were purchased by the Sylvan Lake Home and Garden Tour.”

As for the kind of community atmosphere that the garage sales can help create, Hannah said the neighborhood is “smiling, buzzing and excited.”

“Many residents are looking forward to this event, and I hope that we have a fabulous turnout for 2021,” she said.

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