Garages sales are becoming a good way for groups to raise funds for their organization, and next weekend offers plenty of them for those seeking a bargain.

Whether shoppers are seeking a table-top air hockey game, a telescope, church pew, a hoop skirt, antiques or even ever-popular exercise equipment, these items and more are among the hundreds being advertised for Saturday’s May 5 Ottawa Citywide Garage Sale. There are treasures by the truckload!

Putting buyers and sellers together for their mutual satisfaction and benefit is rewarding for the newspaper’s staff.

As writer Anna Quindlen said so well in last week’s “Is your stuff weighing you down?” Parade magazine article, we all go through cycles in our life when some items were very important and later, after they fall into disuse, they turn into “stuff.” It is stuff others still want and — because someone else is downsizing, moving or changing living arrangements or lifestyles — it now is available at an affordable price. Make an offer for the item you want and you might walk away as its new owner. Whether it is a great bicycle, piece of furniture or miniature farm wagons, no doubt, someone is looking for it.

Among this year’s sales across the city, the Rodney White Foundation will have a fundraiser garage sale at the Don Woodward Center, 517 E. Third St., and the Greenwood Baptist Church will play host to a garage sale at 211 E. Fifth St.

Besides having access to the garage sale map in the newspaper and on The Herald’s website — ottawaherald.com — the map also is available on The Herald’s Facebook page. While you’re driving across town looking for signs and using your map, be sure to visit some of the 21 Parade of Homes houses too. It is a buyer’s market, so the prices are right.

Regardless of the medium — print, mobile or online — used to read about garage sales, home sales and other significant events (including Ottawa University’s May 5 graduation festivities), you can be sure to find some fun among the multitude of garage sales in the area.

— Jeanny Sharp,

editor and publisher