2018 List of Neighborhood Garage Sales in Madison, WI

Published on April 4th, 2018
By Jennifer Oppriecht

Here is our annual list of Madison Neighborhood Garage Sales in Madison, WI – updated for 2018! Springtime is nearly upon us (at least we hope and pray it is), and it’s the time of year when rummage sales in Madison pop up like dandelions.  For renters, this is the time to stretch your dollars even further and find some killer decorating deals for your apartments. 

In this post, you’ll find:

  • A listing of community-wide rummage sales
  • Things to avoid buying at rummage sales
  • Tips for how to make your rummaging worthwhile
  • Ideas about how to repurpose “junk” into useful items for your apartment

A word to the wise:  These neighborhood-organized rummage-o-ramas are usually the best time to find bargains.  You’ll get the most exposure to the best (and yes, the worst) Madison has to offer.


It sure does! This listing is as exhaustive as we could possibly make it, but if we missed a neighbor (all of Dane County is fair game), be sure to leave it in a comment at the end of the post.

If you’re planning on selling something in one of the rummage sales listed below, please retweet or post this listing to Facebook.  Help us get the word out!

Madison Garage Sales near me


Belleville: 5/4 – 5/5
Black Earth: 4/20 – 4/21
Cottage Grove: 8/3 – 8/4
Cross Plains: 5/3
Deerfield: 5/10 – 5/12
DeForest: 5/17 – 5/20
Dane Re-Buy Local: Please help us find!
Footville: 4/27 – 4/28
Lodi: 4/26 – 4/28
Mazomanie: 6/15 – 6/17
McFarland: 6/8 – 6/9
Meadowood: 5/11 – 5/12
Monona: 5/18 – 5/19
Mt. Horeb: 4/27 – 4/28
Oregon: 5/11 – 5/12
Stoughton: 6/22 – 6/24
Sun Prairie: 5/3 – 5/5
Verona City-Wide Sales: 5/10 – 5/12
Waunakee: 5/10 – 5/12


Madison Central
Sunset Village: 8/10 – 8/11
Marquette Neighborhood: 6/2

Madison South
Bay Creek: Please help us find!

Madison West
Blackhawk: 5/19
Hawks Landing: 5/17 – 5/19
High Point Estates: 5/17 – 5/19
Junction Ridge: Please help us find!
Linden Park: Please help us find!
Memorial High School: Please help us find!
Midvale Heights: 8/31 – 9/1
University Hill Farms: 6/1 – 6/2

Madison East
Elvehjem: 6/14 – 6/16
Emerson East: 6/2
Glendale: 6/22 – 6/23
Richmond Hill: 5/31 – 6/2
Tenney-Lapham: TBD – sometime in August!
Heritage Heights: 6/16 – 6/17

Outlying Wisconsin Cities – Complete Listing! – A nice compilation of community wide rummage sales throughout Wisconsin!
Individual Yard Sale Searches – The deals are in the details! Check out these individual postings.

Things to Avoid Buying at a Madison Garage Sale

Be careful:  Some items that look like a great deal may have safety issues and should no longer be used.  Here is a list of top items for most Madison renters we found in a great post 21 Things You Should Never Buy At a Garage Sale:

  • Bike helmets
  • Car seats or other types of baby furniture
  • Tires
  • Bathing suits (ew)
  • Mattresses (beware the bed bugs)
  • Electronics – especially computers
  • Sheets, pillowcases (again, more bed bugs)
  • Old, worn-out plates, pots or pans
  • DVDs (scratches)
  • Fragrances or makeup
think you can’t make millions at a madison garage sale? think again.

Check out this video to see some of the most financially lucrative finds at garage sales. Uncover one of these treasures and you should be able to cover rent for a month or two!


How to Make It An Effective Madison Yard Sale Trip

A couple of pointers to keep in mind as you head out:

  • Make sure you get an early start.  The early birds get the goodies first.
  • Carry cash and plenty of small bills.  Change can be hard to come by.
  • Plan your route ahead of time.  If you’re hitting multiple sales on the same day, plot your course.  You don’t want to spend time driving all over the place.
  • Haggle like crazy.  You can always get a better price.
  • If it doesn’t work and you’re not a handyperson – pass.  You’ll just be buying junk for your own future rummage sale.
  • Be creative.  Think of new ways to use items, such as these ideas we found on Pinterest:


Old suitcases are all the rage – especially when transformed into a table.

Madison Neighborhood & Area Garage Sales

Make an animal sculpture out of old furniture.


Madison Neighborhood & Area Garage Sales

Love biking and bathrooms?  Why not combine the two?

Madison Neighborhood & Area Garage Sales

Yet another brilliant use of bright orange duct tape.

Madison Neighborhood & Area Garage Sales

Sometimes a drawer (and legs) is all you need.


Madison Neighborhood & Area Garage Sales

The multi-purpose old suitcase, this time for Fido.


Madison Neighborhood & Area Garage Sales

What happens to an old, cruddy desk when you add cool paint color, funky trim, and stylish knobs.


Madison Neighborhood & Area Garage Sales

We’ve got a couple photos of these unique pieces.  A mash-up of old, discarded furniture suddenly becomes an amazing new piece.


Madison Neighborhood & Area Garage Sales

Here’s another one, with different funky colors for added style.


Madison Neighborhood & Area Garage Sales

And you thought those old, unusable CDs were junk?


Madison Neighborhood & Area Garage Sales

Amazing what plants will do to an old dressers, shoes and teapot.


Madison Neighborhood & Area Garage Sales

Old posters and maps can make for some great art.


Madison Neighborhood & Area Garage Sales

Another mash-up.  Dig the purple.


Madison Neighborhood & Area Garage Sales

An old window goes horizontal and becomes a resourceful magazine bin/coffee table.


Madison Neighborhood & Area Garage Sales

Who says china cabinets can’t store shoes?


Madison Neighborhood & Area Garage Sales

If you love to water-ski, this chair is for you.


Madison Neighborhood & Area Garage Sales

Our friend the suitcase returns.  The latest incarnation – a medicine cabinet!


Madison Neighborhood & Area Garage Sales

Is it a wooden pallet – or a shoe rack?


Garage Sales in Madison WI

For all you gardeners, check out these pot holders.


Rummage sales are a cost-effective way to enhance your digs.  They’ll help you save cash, and perhaps allow you to spend a little more on your next rental!  Check out our rent-budgeting worksheet to see how much you can truly afford!

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