PLEASANT HILL -- Motivated by a more than 25-year-old mandate to significantly reduce what ends up in the landfill, Pleasant Hill residents and their local governance are counting on the fact that one man's junk is another man's treasure.
The city, along with Republic Services, is hosting its second annual Don't Trash It -- Sell It! Citywide Garage Sale on Saturday, May 31.
"You can get something really unique and then think about what you can make out of it," says Sheila Cotruvo, chairwoman of the city's Civic Action Commission.
Joan Hoblitt is inspired by "the joy of the find," restoring antiques she has found on her countrywide travels, be it at Amish auctions or exploring abandoned homes.
"Everything in my home has a story," says Hoblitt, who at press time was among the more than 70 homeowners who've posted their sales on the website for the Citywide Garage Sale.
The retired nurse is putting out hers and her friend's myriad items of jewelry, antiques and blankets for the sale.
The Pleasant Hill resident is already preparing, and her garage a beehive of activity.
"It's just a little bit of everything," she says.
Meanwhile, Carlye Parra is hoping the greater and free exposure, with her address posted online and on maps and lists of participants which are available at each site, will draw more people to her eclectic mix of merchandise, from boys' toys to a recliner.
Parra is well accustomed to impromptu conversations, and the sale offers a chance to get to know her neighbors in the outskirts of Poet's Corner.
"I'm not looking to make a lot of money. The reality is what better way to give back to the community," she says of offering low-cost items to those less fortunate.
And, Carin Ferrer is among the three families who have banded together to hold another garage sale as part of the citywide campaign, having just had one three weeks prior.
The Virginia Hills area resident, who brings baby items and old records to the table, was struck by the levity that accompanies this lighthearted bargaining endeavor.
The idea for a citywide event was inspired by a colleague of Anne Baker, the recycling coordinator for Republic Services. The program and online template for registering and posting complementary ads were already being utilized in Antioch and she just needed to replicate it.
"This is a cohesive event," Baker says. "We're encouraging reuse and it builds community at the same time."
Residents can register their sale at www.pleasanthillgaragesale.com. The organizers will publicize only the streets and are omitting the house numbers.
Those who post their most intriguing find on the city's Facebook page can qualify for drink tickets for the Blues and Brews festival in July.
WHAT: Pleasant Hill Citywide Garage Sale
WHEN: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, May 31
WHERE: throughout Pleasant Hill; visit the website for locations
INFORMATION: Visit www.pleasanthillgaragesale.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 925-671-5806