Eureka will soon be the destination for thousands of shoppers.
The Eureka Chamber of Commerce will hold its 14th annual Garage Sale and Swap Meet from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 6, at Six Flags, 4900 Six Flags Road.
“It’s going to be a great event,” said Greg Brown, Eureka Fire Protection District chief and chamber board member. “We’re going to have a lot of fun, and a lot of people are going to get a lot of stuff, and a lot of people are going to get rid of a lot of stuff.”
The chamber charges $10 per vehicle to enter the sale. Brown said up to 5,000 vehicles came to last year’s event, which took place before the COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of many events.
Brown said it’s possible that this year’s event may not attract as many people as previous years.
“People are still being very cautious about what’s going on, which is good,” he said. “So, I think the number will be down a little bit.”
Brown said organizers have put in place protocols to stem the spread of the virus during the outdoor event, which is sprawled across the Six Flags parking lot.
“We are requiring that masks be worn,” he said. “When you’re on the site, we’re asking people to social distance. We’re putting up a lot of signage to help remind people of those things.”
Brown said there also will be hand-washing stations at the event, and vendors are asked to limit the number of people inside their booths or tents at one time.
“The aisles are big enough that two cars can pass so it’s kind of a really good setup for social distancing,” Brown said.
Chamber executive director Krista Overstreet said more than 400 vendors have signed up, and vendor registration is open until Feb. 26.
She said a vendor spot for either the swap meet or garage sale is $75, and people can register online at eurekaswap.com.
Overstreet said the event will have 18 food vendors, and she said vendors will serve food in closed containers.
Overstreet said people can expect kettle corn, turkey legs, nachos, chicken wings and ice cream.
“There is just so much you can choose from,” she said.
She said no seating for eating will be available.
Brown said lots of unique items can be found at the event.
“We have people that sell fishing equipment, people that sell sports memorabilia, anything you’re going to find in a normal garage sale. Literally, some people just clean out garages,” he said.
Brown and Overstreet said they could not comment on how much money last year’s event collected.
Brown said the money from the event helps run the chamber, fund its scholarship program and helps finance donations the organization makes to community causes.