Here Are the Locations for Garage Sale Weekend

Here Are the Locations for Garage Sale Weekend

Southern Gables, Valley View, and Parkwest Ridge Community Garage Sale Weekend will be Friday May 19 and Saturday May 20. Both the Southern Gables Neighborhood Association and the Parkwest Ridge HOA will be promoting the neighborhood sale for all of Southern Gables and Parkwest Ridge together. 


… with addresses and any special categories of what they will be selling. This is a coordinated event with Southern Gables and Valley View: Between Garrison and Wadsworth, from Jewell Ave. down to Morrison Road, and Parkwest Ridge (west of Garrison, entrance from W. Jewell Place or W. Baltic Ave.


… for a link to a sale locator map that you can use on your phone. CLICK HERE.

You will also be able to pick up a paper copy at 8823 W Asbury Ave,

OR download & print a copy yourself HERE.


Here are some things to consider in getting ready for a successful sale.

Gather and sort items: Go through your home and gather items you no longer need or want. Sort them into categories such as clothing, electronics, household items, toys, etc. Clean and organize the items to make them more appealing to buyers.

Assign prices to each item based on their condition, age, and original value. Use stickers or tags to clearly mark the prices. Consider pricing items a little higher than your desired selling price to allow room for negotiation. Garage sale shoppers love to haggle, at least a little bit and sometimes “just for show.”

Organize your display: Set up a well-organized and visually appealing display. Arrange items in categories. Use tables, racks, and shelves to display items at different heights and create an inviting shopping experience. Group similar items together to make browsing easier for buyers.

Organize your supplies: Make sure you have things to run the sale as a business, such as tables, chairs, clothing racks, price stickers, tags, bags or boxes for purchased items, and cash to make change.

Create a welcoming atmosphere: Greet customers with a smile and be ready to answer any questions they may have. Be flexible with negotiations, but also know your bottom line for each item.

Stay organized during the sale: Consider track of sales by using a spreadsheet, notepad, or a mobile app. Record the items sold and the prices. This will help you calculate your total sales at the end of the day.

End of the sale: You might have to offer discounts toward the end of the day to encourage last-minute sales. AFter all, you’ve already decided these are things you’re better off without. Donate any unsold items to charity or make arrangements for their removal.

Remember, successful garage sales require a well-organized display, fair pricing, and friendly customer service. By following these steps, you’ll be well-prepared for a successful and enjoyable garage sale.


We expect sale hours to be 8:00 to as late as 5:00, but sellers may vary their hours.

We hope to have lots of sellers and shoppers, friendly interaction, great deals, and lots of fun!


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Mayor Paul Addresses Southern Gables

Mayor Paul Addresses Southern Gables

Lakewood Mayor Adam Paul was elected in 2015 and re-elected in 2019, and has always been a friend of Southern Gables. We were honored to have him speak at our 2023 annual meeting. He gave us an update on a number of issues and concerns. 

First, starting with an item of concern that is literally right through the heart of Southern Gables, Mayor Paul relayed some information from our Ward 5 Councilor Mary Janssen. She has been looking into the problem of the weed-choked, overgrown ditch that has plagued the neighborhood for years. The Ag Ditch Company has characteristically refused to maintain it weed-free. (For some background on the history, read our story A Big Improvement from 2019.) She reached an agreement with the Ag Ditch Company that they will mow the east side once during the summer. However, they will not mow the west side. If the ditch company is requested to mow at any other time it will cost the neighborhood $1,800 per side. Residents are permitted to mow the ditch property, but the ditch company and Councilor Janssen did not address the question of liability. The fact that the Ag Ditch Company has legal rights that are senior to the City’s rights makes them hard to deal with. Increased awareness of wildfire  danger has added a layer of frustration with the situation as well.

Mayor Adam Paul. City of Lakewood photo

Mayor Paul discussed the recently approved “Navigation Centers” –  These Navigation Centers will provide transitional housing for persons experiencing homelessness. There are several shelters for animals in Jefferson County, but no homeless shelters in the County for human beings. This past winter there was an incremental step forward, at the Whitlock Center on Colfax which was opened for severe weather sheltering during the most extreme cold. The city also started a day work program. The goal is to put 20 to 30 people a week to work cleaning parks and picking up shopping carts. The Mayor told us how to learn more about the Navigators: here is a link to information on the City’s blog: Navigators Help the Homeless.  (For related information, this is a CBS Denver story about the warming center at Whitlock:  Lakewood focuses on resources for those experiencing homelessness.)

Zoning – Mayor Paul told us about the recent zoning bill, which would take away some of the local zoning control. Each property would allow for an 8-plex to be built on the existing property. It is a hot topic with lots of controversy.

Lakewood has a new Police Chief, Philip Smith – Crime and crime reduction is a focus of the city council. Crime is up in Lakewood, especially on Colfax and particularly with car thefts. The new chief’s goals and the city of Lakewood’s goals are to find ways to better enhance public safety.

Economic Development – On Tenth and Sheridan, in the old Holiday strip center, a developer purchased this location with goal of developing the land into a mixed-use property with housing and businesses. Economic development funds will be given from the City of Lakewood. The city will give the developer a $1 million loan to scrape what is currently on the lot.

Parks – The new park on Wadsworth at  Morrison, Peak View Park, will be open to the public in the next four or five weeks. The City of Lakewood is working with CDOT to reconfigure the Wadsworth and Morrison Road intersection to accommodate increased traffic going to the new park. When Mayor Paul began his term nearly eight years ago, the City of Lakewood had 101 parks and now we have 113 parks. A lot of TABOR dollars, as approved by Lakewood voters, went to the development of the parks.

Questions from the group – On the question of getting CDOT to put a traffic light at Evans and Wadsworth, There has not been any progress. It’s a difficult problem since it would complicate the situation with the light just north of Jewell; it was a bad choice to put one so close to Jewell in the first place, but the fact is that it’s there, and putting another equally close on the other side has been denied several times since it is thought that it would make a bad situation worse. As with any problem that a resident sees and thinks should be fixed, Mayor Paul said that the thing to do is report it. Persistence, and getting your neighbors involved to report problems as well, can pay off in getting attention focused.

An Inclusive Community. Photo from, Living in Lakewood

In response to a question about the new housing on Wadsworth and 13th, they are apartments. To the observation that there is not much parking on the site, Mayor Paul explained the plan of having growth corridors – The City of Lakewood is planning housing projects in areas around transit lines, where many if not most of the residents can easily use public transportation: specifically near Belmar, Colfax, and Denver West.

Question about getting a sidewalk on Morrison to get to the park – it’s a CDOT road. CDOT has offered the road to Lakewood, but this is not a great deal for Lakewood taxpayers. Maybe over time.

Question – plans for mitigation of storm damage in the parks, like downed trees and branches, etc. – the Mayor said the Parks Department is pretty active, but sometimes they do just leave large areas of the parks for natural habitat. In response to a complaint about a specific downed branch in a conspicuous place at the park at Florida and Garrison, the mayor said he would put in a request for that branch to be removed.

Mayor Paul thanked us as a group for “always being friendly” to him during his tenure as Mayor, now nearing the end of eight years’ elected service. We like to think of Southern Gables as a decidedly friendly place, so we’re glad to note the feeling is mutual.

Official meeting minutes of the Southern Gables Neighborhood Association Annual  Business Meeting will be published as a comment to this article as a matter of record, within the next week. 

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2023 Annual Meeting – and how ’bout those Scouts?

2023 Annual Meeting – Tuesday May 2

We will start off with a free taco bar sponsored by Sustainable Southern Gables at 6:30, and the annual meeting of the Southern Gables Neighborhood Association will begin at 7:00 PM. Location: Green Gables Elementary School.

Mayor Paul will speak, there will be a special presentation by Sustainable, and we will report on the past year’s neighborhood activities and coming events. Nominations will be taken and election of Association Board officers will be conducted. Members of the Association you will have a vote, one per household. Non-members can attend the meeting as well, to learn about what’s coming in the next year with the Southern Gables neighborhood. If you want to join us as a member and haven’t yet paid the voluntary Association dues, you can do so at the meeting and have a vote.

A link to the meeting minutes will be posted as a comment to this post.

In other news…

How About Those Boy Scouts?

The Boy Scouts of Troop 527 did a great job for the Association in filling our familiar green tote bags with the promotional items, brochures, discount coupons and information from our Business Supporters. They gathered our materials, sorted them and set up an assembly line at the church hall where they meet, and put it all together. There were some Cub Scouts that stopped in to help for a bit, and the Scout leaders played a big part by demonstrating the principle of “Leadership by example.” Then, using a detailed map so that no one would be missed, they sent crews out to cover the neighborhood’s 9 miles of streets and lots of running up and down sidewalks and steps with youthful energy.

If you live in Southern Gables and didn’t get a tote bag for some reason (maybe a rabbit nabbed it!) let us know with an email to [email protected]

Thanks, Scouts!

And thanks to our Local Business Supporters. Many of them will have booths with games and prizes on our Neighborhood Night Out on August 25. More on that later!

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