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First Avenue to hold its first-ever garage sale

Phantogram fans walk down the street outside First Avenue last year. Photo by Steven Cohen for MPR.

As First Avenue continues to recover from its recent roof collapse, the beloved Minneapolis venue will be hosting its first-ever garage sale (at least, the first one “that’s actually in our garage”) on Sunday in association with Open Streets Minneapolis.

The venue will be selling First Avenue & 7th Street Entry and Turf Club merchandise and “some odds and ends you might not expect,” according to the venue’s website. First Avenue will also be joined by Natedogs, Chef Shack Ranch, Glam Doll Donuts, Five Watt Coffee, and several other local vendors at the event. The garage sale will take place this Sunday, August 23 from 11:00 to 5:00 on First Avenue between 7th and 8th streets and is a free, all-ages event.

Open Streets is a celebration of the way residents experience Minneapolis streets, promoting “healthy living, local businesses, sustainable transportation, and civic pride,” according to its website. Open Streets sponsors events throughout the city each year; Sunday’s downtown event will create car-free streets on First Avenue between 8th Street North and Washington Avenue and again along Washington Avenue to 10th Avenue North.

According to Andrea Swensson’s recent report on First Avenue’s roof collapse, the Mainroom and the Record Room remain under construction, but should reopen in the near future.

Sadie Bell, of Wayzata, is a Journalism + Design major at The New School in New York City.