By DUSTIN RACIOPPI
Whether you prefer to find your bargains on grass or concrete, Fair Haven’s got a platform for you to root them out this weekend.
Used and new items will be on display this Saturday as the borough puts on its first one-two punch of mass retailing with a town-wide yard and a sidewalk sale.
Remember back in February, when the borough decided to give a borough-wide yard sale a shot, and nobody really knew what kind of interest people would have in it?
The verdict flooded in.
Number of homes in the borough: about 2,000. Number of homes registered for the sale: 162.
“That’s an amazing response,” Mayor Mike Halfacre said. “About one in 10 families is going to have a yard sale? That’s huge.”
Plenty more residents, not to mention visitors, are expected to show up to take advantage of some steals. The yard sale piggybacks onto the spring sidewalk sale put on by some 50 local businesses.
“It’s going to be a busy weekend in Fair Haven,” borough Administrator Mary Howell said. “It’s been very well received. People are excited.”
The sidewalk sale begins on Friday, and anybody wishing to get a jump-start on the yard sale may also start Friday. Saturday, though, is when the bargain action is expect to really going.
Maps will be available at borough hall and many businesses identifying the residences that are registered for the yard sale. Those homes will also be decorated with orange balloons, Howell said.
Meanwhile, downtown merchants will have their walkways teeming with various wares at discounted prices, said Michel Berger, president of the Fair Haven Business Association.
He said the two sales are a perfect opportunity to put some extra cash in homeowners’ pockets while also promoting the borough. He found after last fall’s successful Tour De Fair Haven bike race that merchants wanted another way to bring people to town.
“We needed something for spring,” Berger said. “Really, we hope people will come experience Fair Haven and enjoy what we have to offer.”
The sidewalk sale runs from 10a to 6p on Friday; The sidewalk and yard sales will take place from 9a to 4p on Saturday.
Halfacre wants to point out that because there’s expected to be a considerable amount of trash or unwanted items leftover from the weekend, public works will be open Monday for people to drop those items off. The DPW yard on Allen Street will be open for bulk drop-off from 7a to 3:30p Monday.
Bulk pickup is also available on Thursdays for a fee of $50. Call (732) 747-0241 ext. 219 for more information or to schedule a pickup.