Nixa residents anticipate busy weekend ahead for annual citywide garage sale

Updated: May. 7, 2021 at 5:16 AM CDT
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NIXA, Mo. (KY3) - In 2020, the pandemic moved the Nixa Citywide Garage Sale to the summer. And there were nearly 30 participating homeowners.

In 2021, it’s not only back to its traditional Mother’s Day weekend, but there are more than 150 registered garage sales participating. Permits are not required to participate in the Nixa Citywide Garage Sale.

Chris Russell, President of Nixa Chamber of Commerce, said the excitement is high throughout the city. The three-day event kicked off Thursday, May 6, and will continue through Saturday, May 8.

While garage sale participants are thrilled to get spring cleaning done with the Nixa tradition, Russell said it’s expected to bring more than just treasure and deals to town. He explained the Citywide Garage Sale gives people a chance to explore the community, restaurants, retail and local business. He said it plays a significant role in regional economic growth.

“Our goal is that when they are visiting our town, they seem something unique, or they see something neat, and they want to come back, or they want to come and explore,” explained Russell. “Maybe they’ll go to Ozark, maybe they’ll go to Branson or Springfield, but they’ll visit the region. This is a regional event, and the chamber wants to promote that which hopefully makes our local economy thrive.”

Citywide garage sale participant, Alisa Carter agreed with Russell. Since Carter was a child, she said her family has participated in some capacity. Because of this, she explained that they’ve been able to see, firsthand, the positive economic impact the garage sale has on local businesses, and those looking to make extra cash from spring cleaning.

Carter said they’re expecting lots of people from around the Ozarks to attend the 2021 citywide garage sale.

“People come into the area because they know there’s going to be so many garage sales this weekend,” explained Carter. I’ve seen people pull up with big trailers because they expect to get furniture and other items. It’s just really neat to see people all across the area come to Nixa.”

Russell said traffic is expected in Nixa this weekend because there are so many participating garage sales. He encouraged everyone shopping the deals to be patient, safe, and look out for their neighbors.

For a list and digital map of the participating garage sales, click here.

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