Of the Keizertimes

It’s the season for yard sales.

Four neighborhoods will be hosting community garage sales over the next two weekends.

First up is the sale being coordinated jointly by Keizer Prairie Estates and The Meadows. From 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 14, the two north Keizer neighborhoods will be joining together to host dozens of yard sales. [MAP: 1]

The well-established McNary Estates Garage Sale will be from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 21. It’s expected some 100 homes will be participating. Admission is free, but a $2 donation to Marion-Polk Food Share – or two cans of food – would be appreciated.

That same day, dozens of houses in the Terrace Green neighborhood will be hosting yard sales as well.

“McNary who?” joked Kris Lockard, secretary of the Keizer Prairie Owners Association. Organizers are promoting it is “the biggest neighborhood garage sale in Keizer yet.”

There’s no solid numbers on how many houses will be participating in the Prairie/Meadows sale, but there’s about 100 houses in the Prairie area and about 271 in the Meadows.

“It’s the first time we’ve done a group one like this,” said Al Rasmus, a board member of the Meadows Maintenance Association. “There’s about 400 homes possibly having sales.”

They just thought getting the neighborhoods together seemed like a good idea.

“For one we thought it would be a good way to get to know each other, and to avoid all the traffic a garage sale attracts at all times in the summer,” Lockard said. “This way, we get it over with at once.”

Lockard said to expect lots of stuff for kids, as there are a fair number of young families in the neighborhoods.
For books and marbles, look no further than the Rasmus home.

“I read a lot so I’ve got a lot of what I called new paperbacks, ones that have been purchased in the past four or five months,”

Rasmus said. “I’m sure I’ll have some marbles out there too.”

Charles Dibert, secretary and treasurer of the Terrace Green Homeowners Association, said they hold a major yard sale about every other year.

“There’s economic advantages – the association pays for advertising and sending out flyers,” Dibert said. “It probably gets better coverage as a group, and probably draws more participants because they know there’s more than just one home.”

And then there’s the McNary Estates garage sale, the biggest of them all. Debi Morris, whose committee coordinates the event, said to expect anything and everything for sale.

“In the past there have been all kinds of fun things – everything including a kitchen sink. A vintage Coke machine, people might even have golf carts, automobiles, boats, recreational vehicles of all kinds, and antiques,” Morris said.

She encouraged attendees to use the entrance onto McClure Street off of Lockhaven Drive – it’s gated, but will be open that day – as traffic quickly builds for the sale at the River Road entrance. Walking is encouraged.

Getting there

• Keizer Prairie Estates & The Meadows: Sat., Aug. 14, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., turn left on Parkmeadow Drive or Meadowridge Street. Follow signs and balloons.

• McNary Estates, Sat., Aug. 21: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Turn onto McNary Estates Drive from River Road N., or north onto McClure Street from Lockhaven Drive.

• Terrace Green Homeowners Association: Sat., Aug. 21, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Sales on all streets off of 6900 Nottingham Drive NE, plus New Terrace Court.