Local bargain shoppers will have to wait a year to scout for deals at Longview’s most popular garage sale.
Organizers of the Terry-Taylor-Northlake garage sale announced in a Facebook post Thursday that the 2020 event is canceled. It joins the long list of iconic Cowlitz County summer events — including the county fair, Go 4th Festival, Squirrel Fest and Lower Columbia Corvettes Bow-Tie Bash car show — that have fallen victim to the coronavirus.
“We have been anticipating the probability of canceling for some time. With the announcement of the Cowlitz County Fair canceling, which is the same week as our event, and the Squirrel Fest canceling, which is two weeks after our event, we felt that it would be prudent to cancel our event as well,” Laura Powers, garage sale coordinator told TDN on Facebook messenger Thursday. “We look forward to returning in 2021.”
Organizers decided to cancel the event to keep shoppers and homeowners safe. Restrictions on gathering sizes and other activities put in place by the statewide stay-at-home order also played a role.
“The state restrictions are a factor as they could change to be more open and then require to be strict again at short notice. Ultimately everyone’s safety and health is our primary concern,” the organizer said.
Usually held on the first Saturday in August, the garage sale draws an estimated 3,000 to 5,000 shoppers. Residents in the neighborhood have hosted the sale annually since 1980.
“I love the sale every summer but I appreciate them choosing to protect people. I’ll be there next year!” one woman commented on the post.
“This will be the first time in 18 years I have missed this sale,” another woman wrote.
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