Last weekend was one of the few reasons I’ll set my alarm on a Saturday: the West Seattle Garage Sale. Every year, hundreds of sellers get together and hold a giant community-wide event with yard sales, garage sales, estate sales, and sidewalk sales. You don’t even need the map — you can just cruise up and down the streets following the crowds.

This guy is ready to hit the garage sales.

This guy is ready to hit the garage sales.

As we worked our way through the neighborhood, I was pleasantly surprised when we stumbled upon a Little Free Library on a side street. This cheerful little fella wasn’t a mini-version of his owner’s house like my Madrona find, but I liked the colorful paint job and bright red doorknob.

Isn't he cute?

Isn’t he cute?

Inside, there was an eclectic mix of horse books, courtroom thrillers, and even a reference book or two. But I was so focused on scoring garage-sale deals that I didn’t grab any books from this shelf that day. Though I suspect that some of the books that didn’t get sold at yard sales may have gotten donated to one of the neighborhood’s little free libraries…

The catch of the day.

The catch of the day.

Need something to read or have some books to share? Find a Little Free Library near you — or build your own! To support the LFL project, you can also donate to their Kickstarter.

Stephanie Perry

Stephanie P. is a writer, editor, and blogger. Her secret shame is dystopian YA fiction. You can find her wherever the books and food are.
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