Hard to believe, but it’s been a whole seven years since a fightin’ little community intelligencer known as redbankgreen and local firebrand Audrey Oldoerp jumpstarted the concept of the Red Bank Townwide Yard Sale into being, abetted by a whole lot of savvy sidewalk shoppers on the lookout for that elusive bottom-of-the-box bargain, folding-table find or garage-corner Grail.
In fact, do the math and you’ll realize that the RBTWYS, once upon a time a post-Labor Day lollapalooza, migrated to the merry month of May right about the time that the Friends of the Red Bank Public Library took over the reins. And on Saturday, the borough becomes a border to border bargain-hunter’s bonanza once again.
More than 100 participating households are expected to set sale between the hours of 9 am and 3 pm, and an updated list of registered addresses should be viewable on the Friends Facebook page the morning of the event. Or, stop outside the library building on West Front Street to pick up a map of sale participants.
There’s a rain date of Saturday, May 10, too — but if all goes according to schedule on May 3, you’ll find even more than you bargained for if you head due east…
Back for an encore engagement, the Fair Haven Town Wide Yard Sale extends the shop-ops action into the neighboring riverfront borough between the hours of 9 am and 5 pm Saturday.
Stop in to Borough Hall (748 River Road) on Friday, from 8 am to 4 pm, for a list of addresses — or just look for the blue and white balloons in front of participating homes all around town, on the day of the event.
Unfortunately, recent cutbacks at the RBPL have forced Saturday closures of the library itself, as well as the postponement of the annual Friends Book Sale. But you can also grab a map of the Red Bank event to go with your jolt of java at Starbucks or No Joe’s Coffee House downtown.