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What days are the Dupaco Community-Wide Garage Sales held?

In each community, there is one official sale date selected for the Dupaco Community-Wide Garage Sale. However, those hosting a sale may choose to also hold their sale the days leading up to and/or following the official date.

The official sale dates for 2019 are:

  • Dubuque, Iowa - Saturday, April 27
  • Manchester, Iowa - Saturday, April 27
  • Platteville, Wisconsin - Saturday, May 11
  • Cedar Rapids, Iowa - Saturday, May 11
  • Waterloo/Cedar Falls, Iowa - Saturday, June 1
  • Carroll, Iowa - Saturday, June 22

What is the deadline for my sale to be listed online for inclusion in the print directory?

The deadline for adding your sale to be included in the directory is 5:00 p.m. CT on the following dates:

  • Dubuque and Manchester - Monday, April 15
  • Platteville and Cedar Rapids - Monday, April 29
  • Waterloo/Cedar Falls - Monday, May 20
  • Carroll - Monday, June 10

If you add your sale after these deadlines, please note that it will still be available on this site, but will not be included in the printed directory.


What publications do the sales get printed in?

In each community, Dupaco publishes the sales entered by the deadlines above into the following publications:

  • Dubuque – The Dubuque Advertiser
    Directories will be available at Dubuque area branches by Noon on April 24.
  • Manchester – The Manchester Press
    Directories will be available at the Manchester branch by Noon on April 24.
  • Platteville – The Platteville Journal
    Directories will be available at the Platteville branch by Noon on May 8.
  • Cedar Rapids – The Cedar Rapids Penny Saver
    Directories will be available at the Marion and Cedar Rapids branches by Noon on May 7.
  • Waterloo/Cedar Falls – The Courier
    Directories will be available at the Cedar Falls and Waterloo branches by Noon on May 29.
  • Carroll – The Daily Times Herald Advertiser
    Directories will be available at the Carroll branch by Noon on June 19.

How much does it cost to include my sale in the directory?

Adding a sale is absolutely FREE, and is a community service made possible by Dupaco and garage sale sponsors in each community.


I live outside the communities that are hosting sales. Can I still add my garage sale?

Yes, you may still add your sale if you plan to have it during one of the community-wide sale weekends. It will be featured in the printed directory as an "Off Map" sale. If you plan to have your sale during a weekend in which our communities are not holding a sale, your sale will not be published in the printed directory.


I have created my garage sale online. Can I edit it later?

Yes! You can edit your sale as many times as needed, especially as you may need to take photos for your Featured Items, add/delete items, or edit descriptions.

Please note: If you make any changes to your sale between the deadline to be included in the print directory and the sale date, the directory will not be updated.


What materials do I get when I add a sale?

When you add a sale online, you will be able to pick up a Garage Sale Materials Kit at your nearest branch. The kit contains a garage sale tips sheet, directional signs, yard signs, price sticker sheets and a few balloons. Garage Sales kits will be available beginning in March.


Advertise, then advertise some more.

  1. Get started by registering your sale.
  2. Stop by a Dupaco branch to pick up a sale kit, which includes price stickers, signage and more.
  3. Publicize your sale on Facebook. Dupaco will have a separate Facebook event for each community’s sale date – feel free to share some quick info about your sale on the wall!

Give every item a price

Rather than a use color-coded system to denote prices, take the time to put a price sticker on every item (we suggest using masking tape and a sharpie). The exception: If you have items such as a box of DVDs or books that are all the same price, make a visible sign that clearly communicates that.


Make yourself available

Avoid reading a book or visiting with a friend throughout your sale. Instead, greet shoppers and make them feel comfortable.


Have bags on hand

While some shoppers will buy one or two items, others might hit the jackpot at your sale—and need a way to easily get their purchases home. Keep some bags at your check-out table for those times.


Give your sale curb appeal

Attract drive-by shoppers to your sale by placing some of your best items toward the end of your driveway, or keeping as much of your sale outside so that it’s more open.

Another idea: Create a table for the guys near the street so they have something to look at while their significant other peruses the rest of your tables.


Have cold drinks available

If it’s a hot day, consider having cold drinks on hand for shoppers to purchase. They might intend to only buy a bottle of water, but end up buying something at your sale as well. Advertise your beverage selection with a sign that’s visible to drive-by shoppers.


DUBUQUE, IA

Dubuque Advertiser
KDTH
KAT-FM
The Rock
The River

MANCHESTER, IA

Manchester Press
KMCH

PLATTEVILLE, WI

The Platteville Journal
Platteville Regional Chamber
X-Treme 107.1

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA

KDAT
KHAK
KRNA

WATERLOO / CEDAR FALLS, IA

KOEL
K 98.5
KCRR
Q 92.3

CARROLL, IA

Daily Times Herald Advertiser
KCIM
KKRL
KICK