Clean out your closets and pack your car, the Southwest Recreation Complex wants you to put your Junk in the Trunk.
The recreation center is putting a new twist on having a garage sale. Anyone interested in participating in the Aug. 23 event should register now, city officials said.
During the sale, the center's parking lot will become the place to swap and sell your unwanted items. Sellers can rent a parking space for $7 and sell items from their cars.
"We've had a January and August garage sale indoors for more than 10 years, and we always have a huge turnout," said Jennifer McMahon, recreation program manager. "We are closing for renovations on August 16 and we didn't want to get rid of the event for a whole year."
McMahon says the name "raises some eyebrows," but the concept is catching on.
"I'm looking forward to it," said Lois Spritos, a retired Belleair resident. "I think it will be easier because I won't have to take the boxes in and out of the building. It's a lot less work."
Several years ago, Spritos moved from a four-bedroom house to a two-bedroom condo. While living in her house, she had a yard sale "every couple of years" to cut down on clutter. Her new condo association does not allow garage sales.
"There are many people in apartments and condos nearby that can't have their own sale, so they use our sale," said McMahon. "We anticipate having the same arrangement for January."
There are 87 parking spots and all sellers must preregister. Sellers are welcome to put up a tent or a table, create a display on the hood of their car, or set up a lawn chair and sell from the trunk.
Two additional parking lots will be available for the buyers.
Spritos is hoping for a good turnout.
"I've been spring housecleaning and I've filled boxes with a lot of things other people might enjoy having," she said. "I've been telling all my friends about this unique idea."