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In fast-moving, forever evolving, Retail Churn-ing Red Bank, well-entrenched local traditions are increasingly rare. So when it comes to a decades-spanning institution like the Red Bank Sidewalk Sale, the benefit can be as much about providing continuity for longtime locals as it is about the thrill of discovery for relative newcomers.
Regular readers of redbankgreen‘s Retail Churn feature can vouch that things often move at a brisk clip in the business district of a town that the New York Times recently touted for its “urban vibe.”
But one thing that’s remained a model of consistency amid the churn is the Red Bank Sidewalk Sale, the 62nd annual edition of which returns Friday and runs through Sunday.
Downtown Red Bank is always a great people-watching scene, and that was the case when bargainhunters flooded the sidewalks for the 59th annual Red Bank Sidewalk Sale over the past weekend. redbankgreen took these photos on Saturday. (Click to enlarge)
It started Thursday, continues Friday and runs through Saturday. It’s the annual Little Silver Springtime Sidewalk Sale, and we’ve got six seconds of sights and sounds to whet you’re interest. (Video by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)
Recession-pinched consumers: this is your weekend.
The 56th annual edition of the Red Bank Sidewalk Sale opens Friday and runs through Sunday.
Racks and tables laden with clothing, footwear, housewares and other merch will offer up a smorgasbord of deals along Broad, Front, Mechanic, White, Wallace and Monmouth Streets, as well as Linden Place and Wharf Avenue.
The streets of downtown Red Bank were thronged all day Friday, day one of the 54th annual Sidewalk Sale, bringing an increasingly rare note of optimism to the voices of retailers.
“It started early,” said Mike Bonney of Red Bank News, who was selling lots of cold drinks beneath a tent on Monmouth Street. “It’s nice to see so many people out.”
Retailers reported strong traffic and decent sales well into the evening. “It really picked up during the dinner hours,” said Ellen D’Amore of Soapmarket. One shopper who brought a baby stroller said she found the sidewalks hard to navigate because of the turnout.
Expectations are high for today, given another strong start this morning and a forecast for nice weather.
By TOM CHESEK
There was that friend of ours who found a shrink-wrapped, never-played, original 1963 pressing ( released the day JFK was shot) of the Phil Spector Christmas Album, in a box of old discs at Jack’s.
More than one other whispered of a long-neglected storage space inside the old Kislin’s sporting goods emporium, where vintage leather jackets and mod 1960s accessories awaited discovery by a dogday-morning earlybird in search of some gear-grabber’s grail.
If you’ve lived in or around Red Bank for any length of time, you or someone close to you has just such a “sidewalk story.” And even if half of those tales are total hooey, it’s always fun to think that a truly historic get a bargain in a box, a folding-table find, a street-rack steal lies just past that lady blocking your view of the 2007 calendars and novelty napkin rings.
As the folks at Red Bank RiverCenter prepare to present the 54th edition of the annual Red Bank Sidewalk Sale this weekend, it’s making perfect sense to avoid the beach and do some sidewalk-surfin’ instead with approximately 100 merchants taking to the streets in what’s being billed as “the best sale ever,” and dozens of dining establishments standing by to serve. There’s also live entertainment, courtesy of an expanded edition of the weekly Street Life outdoor concerts and did we mention that parking on downtown streets and municipal lots is fabulously free for the duration of the event?
It was a “diamond anniversary” event for which the Red Bank business community did it up grand – complete with a “pop-up museum” of historical memorabilia and a special “1950s fun” edition of the weekly StreetLife musical mashup. But how does “a cool little town” follow up a milestone like 2014’s 60th annual session of summertime Sidewalk Sale?
By forging ahead with the 61st annual Red Bank Sidewalk Sale, of course. Beginning today and running through late Sunday afternoon, one of the most firmly established community traditions enters its seventh decade as an all-welcome draw in those often lazy-hazy days of summer – not to mention a much-appreciated cornerstone of continuity, in an ever-evolving town that often transitions at a brisker clip than a lot of longtime locals can process.
While Red Bank remains an ever-evolving entity — sometimes at a brisker clip than a lot of longtime locals are prepared to digest — one summertime signifier of community life has been soldiering on, uninterrupted, for a frankly amazing 60 years. And in 2014, the Red Bank Sidewalk Sale marks its diamond anniversary with a three-day thriftarama that takes a look back at some of what’s made this town so great and unique.
Think about it: back in 1955, President Ike was dispatching the first U.S. advisors into an obscure place called Vietnam. The Brooklyn Dodgers were gearing up to finally make “next year” a here-and-now reality. School-age kids were promised trips to that new Disneyland place, if they’d just hold still for the equally new polio vaccine. Folks from nearby communities such as New Shrewsbury flocked to the Carlton Theatre to see James Dean light up the screen in East of Eden. And the Red Bank Register reported that the town fathers were planning a study of the ongoing downtown parking issues (let’s hear one for continuity).
Those decades of borough history won’t be trampled underfoot, as scores of shoppers take to the sidewalks of Broad, Monmouth, Front and White streets in search of figurative “diamonds” — that bargain in a box, that folding-table find, that street-rack steal. This Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Red Bank Rivercenter celebrates the occasion with a “trip down memory lane” — and a rolling out of the welcome mat for some exciting new additions to the Sidewalk Sale scene.
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…
If it’s a sweltering weekend in late July, it must be time for the annual Red Bank Sidewalk Sale. Now in its 58th edition, the event features bargains galore from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from 10 a.m, to 5 p.m. Sunday. Parking is free in the lots but not curbside. (Click to enlarge)
By DUSTIN RACIOPPI
Noticing her neighbors in Fair Haven and Red Bank were finding success with bargain-based weekends, Lori Saybolt decided it was time for business and home owners in Little Silver to unify and get in on the action.
“Other towns have done it and I thought it’d be a great thing to model,” said Saybolt, who helps run the non-profit gift shop The Woman’s Exchange on Church Street and is president of the borough’s business association. “It just creates a much more of a community experience, so we’re hoping to see a lot more people coming into town.”
Rather than having the usual sidewalk and yard sales scattered on the calendar, Saybolt went to work pulling them all together for what’s to be the first borough-wide sale, a three-day affair chock full of deals and one ‘Done Good‘ cause. Read More
By DUSTIN RACIOPPI
Lauren Shanks scanned jewelry arrayed on a display stand outside Shutters Cottage Home on River Road in Fair Haven Saturday afternoon hoping she’d spot a bargain the second, perhaps, of the day for the Lincroft resident.
Just minutes earlier, she’d come across an unlikely steal: a birdcage.
“I’m finding a lot of good stuff,” Shanks said.
Down the street in a not-so-conspicuous location, on Lake Avenue, Mike Sena marveled at how well his items were moving as he offloaded a number of vintage rugs, handmade aprons, “tchotchke stuff” and, somewhat surprisingly, birdcages.
“She probably got it here,” Sena said of Shanks’s serendipitous purchase.
In essence, that’s what Fair Haven’s town-wide yard and sidewalk sale was there for: a far-reaching rialto, where residents could set out their extras and others could drop in, hand over cash and move on to the next find in a day-long exercise in small-town retailing.
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.
Bargain hunters can start licking their chops, because Fair Haven is heaping a town-wide yard sale onto its already-popular semiannual sidewalk sale.
The Borough Council gave the green light Monday for the Fair Haven Business Association to spearhead the event, which will coincide with the borough sidewalk sale in May.
That means the rush is on to get all the particulars worked out beforehand making maps, promoting the sale and more than likely, talking to its neighbors in Red Bank to get tips on how that annual sale, held in September, is run.
“We’ll get an idea of what Red Bank does,” Mayor Mike Halfacre said. “But if we’re going to do it in May, we have to get on the ball.”
For a long time, South Street’s Audrey Oldoerp wondered aloud why towns such as Belmar and Atlantic Highlands had annual or even semi-annual yard sales that embraced every street and home, but Red Bank didn’t.
Moreover, with each passing year, Oldoerp saw community calendars spotted with events meant to attract visitors to the downtown sidewalk sales, jazz festivals, road races and Christmas tree lightings but litle or nothing designed specifically for the people who live here.
It irked her, and she said so, apparently often enough that her husband, Tim Blankley, suggested that instead of grousing, perhaps she should do something about it.
So for the past year or so, Oldoerp has been on a quest, trying to figure out how a townwide yard sale might happen here and navigating the bureaucracy of local government. And last night, though some possible obstacles were thrown in her path, she moved the idea into the public realm.
By JOHN T. WARD
Parking, borough facilities and more will keep Fair Haven’s elected officials busy on their Zoom session Tuesday night.
Also on the agenda: a plan to terminate an “interlocal services” agreement under which Fair Haven disposes of Rumson’s collected yard brush.
By JOHN T. WARD
With a calendar decimated by the COVID-19 crisis, Red Bank appears to be in for an unusually quiet summer.
But as summer edges into autumn, two of the town’s largest annual food festivals could occur within three weeks of one another, redbankgreen has learned.
Here’s a lookahead at the pandemic’s impacts on the summer calendar.
If it’s the start of June, it must be time for the return of Red Bank StreetLife, the summertime Saturday series of live entertainment that commandeers the sidewalks, storefronts and bumpouts of the borough’s business district beginning — and, for the first time in its 17-year history — on the third Thursday of June and July.
In keeping with its relatively low profile among the towns of the Greater Red Bank Green, Little Silver has tended toward special events of a quieter, more intimate nature: a book sale or charity walk here; a monthly bluegrass jam or biggest-tomato contest there, and of course the big little yearly happening that is Build Little Silver with LEGOs Day.
Beginning in summer of 2016, however, the borough stepped up to the spotlight with the debut of Little Silver Day, a venture organized and coordinated by the Little Silver Charitable Foundation (and punctuated by live rock bands and fireworks). The successful fundraiser is scheduled to return in June 2018 — while here in 2017 the foundation debuts a companion project this Sunday, when downtown hosts its first-ever spring fling known as A Taste of Little Silver.
The spring edition of the Red Bank Street Fair returns this Sunday, when the downtown is transformed into a merry midway for the benefit of the PBA Local 39. (Photo by Peter Lindner. Click to enlarge)
[CORRECTION: The original version of this post reported that the spring Street Fair benefits the volunteer fire department, when in fact it’s for the Police Benevolent Association. The fire department fair is held in the fall. redbankgreen regrets the error.]
It’s a strolling/rolling smorgasbord of eat-on-the-go “fair fare,” a merry midway of rides, games and activities for the kiddies, and a bustling bazaar of retailers, crafters and service merchants. Even if the majority of vendors aren’t local, proceeds go to the worthiest of hyper-local causes: the charitable works of Red Bank Police Benevolent Association Local 39.
By JOHN T. WARD
Here’s a bullet-point rundown.