Open garages will showcase used goods along city streets Aug. 3, as Harker Heights City Council members Tuesday unanimously approved the third annual City Wide Garage Sale.

“People find treasure that is otherwise trash to someone else,” said activities coordinator Heather Cox.

The event drew 136 participants in 2012 and 114 participants in 2011, said Jerry Bark, director of parks and recreation.

“Big sale items” and addresses of people who register for permits before July 26 will be posted on a map online, as well as in the Recreation Center and City Hall, Cox said. The city will accept registrations until Aug. 2.

The all-day event, to be held at people’s homes, will provide residents an exception to the normal $5 garage sale fee, stated a Parks and Recreation Department news release.

The “garage sale is a great opportunity to get rid of some old items or even raise money for your church or sports team,” the release stated.

Events like this can help strengthen bonds among neighbors, Cox said.

“When you talk to your neighbor, you’re more likely to look out for your neighbor’s house when they go out of town,” she said.

“I challenge the staff at the activities center to really focus on the community-based programs, because I think that’s where we get the most support,” Bark said. “We’re trying to do programs that aren’t normally offered.”

The rain date is Aug. 10. Residents can register at the Activities Center at 400 Indian Trail, the Recreation Center at 307 Miller’s Crossing, and City Hall at 305 Miller’s Crossing.

For more information, call (254) 953-5493.

Contact Brian Bradley at or (254) 501-7567

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