Garage Sale Page

PDF Items Guidelines
what we accept and
what is not accepted

Chair Lion Rick
Pickup Scheduling Lion Ginny
Donation Pickups Lion Gary P
Barn Manager Lion Gary Y
Logistics Lion Dave
Planning: Lion Rick
Event Manager Lion Brian
Jack-of-all-Things Lion Julian

contact us at
to arrange donation pickup

MD19-District H-Zone 7
Club #7928

PO Box 473
Coupeville, WA 98239

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updated March 6, 2019


No more garage sale pick-ups will be scheduled.
Barns are full.
as of April 22, 2019


Donations fund the majority of the Lions’ community service projects and programs. Merchandise must be clean, good quality, in working condition and sellable. Broken, rusty, or filthy items don’t sell.  We are not junk or trash collectors, have limited time and facilities for cleaning and repairs and we can’t be a delivery service for items that are too big or heavy for our customers to haul home. If two Lions can’t lift an item don’t take it (unless its a vehicle or a boat on a trailer)…no exceptions!

*We’ve decided that this year we will limit the area in which we pick up donations. We will now pick up donations from Classic Rd. on the south, north to Crosby & Ault Field Roads and the eastern Oak Harbor city limits.  Exceptions may be made for large donations (such as a house full of furniture) or high-value items.

All donations must be accepted by a Lion. Drop-offs by the public, without prior approval, are not welcome because too many don’t meet our guidelines.  When given a brief explanation, donors understand. It is also helpful to suggest alternative recipients for items that we can’t accept.  A list of local thrift stores/resale stores is available to give to donors.

  Please call 360-678-4105 to learn more about donations


We seek good donations. We need them!  Please be aware that we are grateful for the support of quality donations but we can’t use everything.


                          THINGS THAT SELL - TAKE THESE ITEMS

Art (paintings, prints, photos, glass art, sculpture & frames, etc.)
Appliances-large (washers, driers, stoves, refrigerators, etc.  Must be in GOOD condition.  No dishwashers or built-in appliances.)
Appliances-small (ice cream makers, mixers, blenders, etc.  No coffee makers.)
Audio Visual Equipment (Flat screen TV’s, DVD players, audio receivers, polaroid or digital cameras, tripods, unique audio devices, turntables, anything Bose, small bookshelf speakers, portable telephones, CD players, low-cost accessories)
BBQ Grills & Smokers (must be clean)
Bicycles(must work & have little or no rust)
Boats & Boating Gear (canoes, kayaks, dinghies, inflatables, runabouts, sailboats, sailboards, outboard motors, PFDs, paddles, anchors, fenders & trailers, etc.)
Books(except textbooks, old computer books, romance novels, paperback cookbooks and encyclopedias)
Book Ends
Building Materials (no trash or junk, no scrap lumber)
Cabinets (good quality units adaptable to garage or storage uses are OK; those with sinks or other fixtures seldom fit different room layouts & often become trash)
Cameras  Digital or polaroid.  No film types.
Camping Equipment  - Tents should be checked for tears & mildew
CDs, DVDs & Records - No video or audio cassettes.
Chain Saws
Cookware (pots, pans, skillets, cookie sheets, crocks, knives, utensils, etc.-clean and free of rust)
Doors (pre-hung and good quality entry doors only)
Exercise Equipment (free weights & stationary bicycles & recumbent exercise bikes only)
Fishing Gear (rods, reels, line, weights, nets & waders, etc.)
Furniture (In GOOD condition and good quality.  Except very large or heavy pieces & items on the “Don’t Take” list.  NO Particle Board items, mattresses, hide-a-beds)
Hardware (no worn out or badly rusted tools or junk)
Holiday Decorations (except large artificial Christmas trees and decorations or light strings that are made with mini-lights, which tend to be unreliable.  Only take high quality items)
Household Items (vases, ceramics, plastic items, candles, wood crafts &
Lamps & Lighting Fixtures
Lawn Mowers and Weed EatersOnly if in good condition.  Must have safety shields
Linens (clean fabrics, sheets, blankets, bedspreads, towels, curtains & drapes, etc.)
Luggage (hard & soft pieces, backpacks, totes & handbags. etc.)
Medical Equipment (only good wheelchairs, power chairs with good batteries, lift chairs, and recumbent exercise bikes now being accepted)
Musical Instruments (includes keyboards but no heavy pianos or organs)
Outdoor Play Equipment (swimming pools, kids play structures & swings, etc.)
Patio Furniture
Pet Equipment (dog & cat carriers, hall gates, leashes, etc
Photo Equipment (digital cameras, tripods, camera bags, etc.)
Rollerblades (no roller-skates)
Rugs & Carpets (must be clean - no pet hair, stains or odors)
Sewing Machines (must be in working condition)
Silverware (tableware & serving pieces)
Snowboards (No skis, boots or poles)
Stuffed Animal “Dolls” (6” to 12” tall, clean & in perfect condition, for donation to the Whidbey Island Kite Festival for the kids’ Teddy Bear Parachute Drop)
Tableware (dishes, plates, cups, glasses, stemware, bowels, pitchers, trays, etc.; NO Punch bowls or cordial glasses)
Televisions Flat screen only
Tools (both hand & power tools, but no badly rusted or junk; must be complete
and working)
Toys (including puzzles & games)
Typewriters (antique manual types only; no electric typewriters)
Vehicles (cars, trucks, SUVs, RVs, tractors, trailers, etc.)
Yard & Garden Equipment (power lawnmowers, riding lawnmowers, tillers, chippers, weed eaters, hoses, rakes, shovels, trimmers, shears, flower pots, etc)

In general Lions can’t sell the following please we do not accept:

Top Ten Not Accepted:

1. Particle Board Furniture
2. Sofa Beds (Hide-a-Beds)
3. Particle Board Cabinets
4. Steel Desks
5. Built-in Appliances (such as dishwashers or cooktops)
6. Mattresses
7. Exercise Machines (except stationary bikes)
8. Medical Equipment (except wheelchairs and working power chairs)
9. Computer Equipment (Computers, Monitors, Keyboards, Printers, Copy Machines, Software)
10. Clothing, Shoes, Hats

This is a list of things that don't sell, so we will not accept them

as of 8-21-18

Air Purifiers
Appliances(items that are dirty, rusty, damaged or don’t work or built-in like dishwashers; others are OK)
Audio Visual Equipment (Movie cameras, cassette players, video cassette players, instamatic cameras, non-flat screen TV’s, phones, misc. cables, large speakers, remote controls, monitors, games, film cameras, simple clocks or clock radios, Karaoke)
Bathroom Fixtures (cabinets, sinks, tubs, used faucets, toilets, toilet seats; used pipe fittings; odd pieces of pipe; incomplete towel and toilet paper holders.  Good claw-foot tubs are OK.)
Bathroom Scales
Batteries (after storage, we can’t assure their condition at time of garage sale)
BBQ Grills & Smokers (dirty, rusty, have missing parts or don’t work)
Books (textbooks, old computer books, romance novels, paperback cookbooks
and encyclopedias)
Bowling Balls
Cameras (film types; digital types are OK)
Cabinets (units made of particle board & those in poor condition or with sinks or other fixtures that are unlikely to be adaptable to different bathroom or kitchen layouts)
Childs’ Car Seats
Coffee Makers
Cribs & Playpens (those with “guillotine” type drop sides that a child could release; if in doubt, don't take item)
Christmas Trees & Light Strings or Decorations Made of Mini-lights(large artificial trees don’t sell well & mini-lights often have burned out bulbs that are too time consuming to repair for very little resales return; other ornaments are OK)
Clothing, Shoes & Hats
Commercial Hairdressing & Barber Equipment(except antique barber chairs)
Computers, Keyboards, Printers & Copy Machines (Including monitors and software.  We don’t have the resources to verify the age & the condition of both the hardware or the software.)
Construction Materials (kitchen remodel tear-out counters, counter tops, floor cabinets & sink units; sinks; small quantities of tiles (less than 20 sq. ft.); imperfect doors; small pieces of pipe & lumber)
Electrical (receptacles and cover plates; short lengths of wire; damaged extension cords)
Exercise Equipment (treadmills, Nordic tracks, stair climbers, rowing machines & various types of weight machines, etc.; only free weights & stationary bicycles &  recumbent exercise bikes now  being accepted)
Filing Cabinets made of metal or particle board (2-drawer metal filing cabinets in excellent condition are OK--no dents or rust.)
Firearms, Air Guns & Ammunition (for safety & legal reasons)
Food & Beverages (no edibles)
Furniture (No mattresses; heavy sofa-beds; metal desks; entertainment centers; modular office furniture; upholstered furniture with flowers or other patterns; items with dirty, torn or excessively worn upholstery; items that have stains, pet hairs or odors; furniture & shelves made of particle board & items that are broken or have missing parts - except that antiques worthy of restoration are OK.
Do not take particle board furniture or any low quality furniture
Glass Doors (heavy sliding patio doors)
Hair Driers, Curling Irons, Shavers
Hardware (containers of mixed nuts & bolts; rusty nails & screws; used locksets & doorknobs; shelving hardware)
Hazardous Materials (flammable liquids & poisons, etc.; unopened motor oil is OK)
Helmets (we cannot tell if they have been in an accident)
Hot Tubs (too large & heavy)
Irons & Ironing Boards (Antique non-electric irons are OK.)
Magazines (all types)
Medical Equipment (canes, crutches, walkers, hospital beds, tub & toilet risers, foot soaking tubs, massagers, braces, etc.; only wheelchairs & high-quality working power chairs with good batteries, lift chairs, and recumbent exercise bikes are being accepted now
Paint & Stain (minimize on-site vandalism)
Painting Tools that are covered in old paint (sprayers, scrapers, rollers, trays)
Pianos & Organs (heavy uprights and any that require special equipment or more than 2 Lions to move; baby grands OK with approval of garage sale chairperson)
Power Tools & Equipment (those in poor condition, have missing parts or damaged cords or don’t work)
Sewing Supplies like patterns and notions
Skis, Ski Boots, Ski Poles & Roller-skates  (good rollerblades, skateboards & snowboards are OK)
Speakers (unless they are the compact type, which are OK)
Spray Cans (risk of vandalism)
Steel & Other Kinds of Scrap Metal
Steel Bed Frames (unless headboards & footboards are included)
Tableware (NO Punch bowls or cordial glasses)
Tools (incomplete power tools; radial arm saws; rusty hand saws; worn-out, broken, or incomplete tools)
Typewriters (unless it’s antique)
VHS or Cassettes
Wheels, Tires & Chains (all car, truck & tractor types)
Windows (large or heavy types)
Wood-Burning Fireplaces & Stoves (models that don’t meet our weight guidelines or  don’t use outdoor combustion air)


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  April 22, 2019 updated
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