Locally known as “The Town Garage Sale”, Anacortes, WA closes off the downtown Commercial Avenue one Saturday a year for the annual Shipwreck Day. Here you will find anything and everything for your home or boat (the town is on an island in NW Washington) – some new and used booty, all while haggling for a good price. Few pay what is on the sticker. The idea is to sell all your junk and leave with nothing. Only the diehards make this goal! Late afternoon sees the best bargaining when sellers are worried about taking stuff home.
This is recycling at its finest! At the Anacortes Shipwreck Day, you can find most anything – needed or not. Need a red bowling ball for your yard? Didn’t even know you wanted one? How about a cute repainted shabby chic end table or jewelry being sold by the artist? Many come to just wander around and visit with neighbors. It’s a fun social day.
But my son and I were on a mission! He recently bought a new home and we were in search of bedroom lamps for the guest room and pillows for me to recover for the sofa. We did find a lamp with a big green frog on it (what?) – but sadly we wanted a pair, and ended up with two lovely lamps with cute shades for $10. We saw someone pick up and buy a crab pot only to sell it a minute later and make 5 dollars! Somehow, three really great exterior light fixtures made it into the cart for $25 as well as my new pillow.
Our hands and the cart were full, and we couldn’t carry anything else. But wait! Look at this!
Shipwreck Day is usually held in the middle of July from 8 am to 4 PM. The street is spotless by 6 PM.