Aside from the live music from half a dozen local bands, the cash bar and the skull-and-bones cupcakes, the Rock 'n' Roll Garage Sale isn't that much different than any other garage sale ... unless one counts the fact that it doesn't take place in a garage.
Instead, it's at the concert venue The Conservatory, 8911 N. Western, from 1 to 8 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free.
"Six years ago, it started as a way to showcase local music while offering shopping opportunities at the same time," said Barb Hendrickson, the sale's organizer. "Now it's grown into a yearly tradition."
Every year, there's a new lineup of local bands eager to take the stage to add a sound track to make everyone's shopping experience a little more punk rock. This year's sale includes:
" Student Film,
" Rainbows Are Free,
" Streets of Thieves,
" Elliott the Letter Ostrich,
" The Gunship,
" Gravity Propulsion System and
" The Great Midwest.
"The lineup is so diverse, there's a little something for everyone," Henderickson said.
Jennifer Nickell, one of the many vendors at the sale, brings her kids every year, which she said is one of the perks of Saturday's show.
"It's a perfect chance for young kids to get to experience live music in a safe way," she said. "It's bringing a lot of people together " maybe people who would normally only see a show at night, or only see a certain kind of band. But this event lets everyone hear a little bit of everything." "Lauren Parajon