BLOOMING PRAIRIE — It's that time of year again when one person’s junk becomes another person’s treasure as driveways in Blooming Prairie will be filled with old knickknacks and an assortment of necessities.

Starting at 8 a.m. Saturday, the Blooming Prairie Chamber of Commerce will host its city-wide garage sale.

“Some people keep sales going until noon or 1 p.m. when it slows down, but others keep them up all day,” said Chairole Williamson, chamber promotions committee chair. “It all depends on the individual sale.”

Williamson said 24 people have signed up to participate in the city-wide garage sale, a few more than last year’s. However, the fall sale isn’t as big as the spring sale.

“There are more people in the spring, but that number is also declining,” she said. “I don’t know if it’s just people not signing up or not being able to put in the time to prepare for it.”

Williamson said most of the sales will be in town, but several individuals who live in rural Blooming Prairie have also signed up.

She added that they offer tables to those who want to sell stuff on Main Street, but nobody has signed up to use one this year.

Williamson said some local businesses may also have some sidewalk sale promotions this weekend because of the expected increase in traffic.

“I couldn’t even tell you how many people come, but they are from all over,” she said. “The purpose is to bring people from outside Blooming Prairie as a way to get people to see the community, the businesses and the people in it.”

Williamson said some years local churches and clubs have fundraisers, but she isn’t aware of any this fall.

She said the city-wide garage sale gets a little crazy, so be cautious while driving around on Saturday.

For more information or questions, call Chairole Williamson at US Bank at 507-583-6629.

Reach reporter Ashley Stewart at 444-2378 or follow her on Twitter.com @OPPashley

Owatonna People's Press reporter covering Steele County, Blooming Prairie and Medford government as well as health, transportation and community happenings. University of St. Thomas graduate.