Leeds suburb hosts mass garage sale

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Residents in West Park are being encouraged to clear out their clutter for a free community-wide garage sale.

Over 100 households have already signed up to the unique event which will see people across the LS16 area selling their unwanted items from their drives and gardens on July 11 from 9am to 1pm.

The sale is the brainchild of Jason Cullen, of Leeds Back in the Day group. He said: “I’ve been wanting to organise a free community-wide event since starting Leeds Back In The Day three years ago. I’ve organised vintage film nights, walking tours and a party night, but this is the first time I have tried something on this scale. If it’s successful I’ll look to roll the idea out annually and likely in other areas of Leeds.”

He added: “The traditional garage sale in the USA is hugely popular and with the rise in recent years of events like car boot sales and collectors’ fairs I thought it may be an idea worth pursuing.”

Residents selling their goods can keep the cash from their sales or donate it to their chosen charity. Charities already involved include St Vincent’s and STEP. The West Park United Reformed Church will also be running stalls and refreshments throughout the day and Weetwood Hall has offered its grounds to a limited number of people travelling from outside the area who want to sell.

Jason said people can sell whatever they wish, such as bric-a-brac, old clothes, toys books or may be do some baking or crafts to sell during the day.

He added: “For anyone who doesn’t live in West Park, this is an opportunity to come along and enjoy the community atmosphere and pick up a bargain.”

To take part, residents must register, free, to be included on the event map. Email contact@leedsbackintheday.co.uk.

West Park organisations, such as youth groups, sports teams, charities, are also encouraged to get involved.