A VISIT WITH RED BANK’S YARD SALE MAVEN

img_037720090813Lonnie Gordon admires the chandelier in her Leighton Avenue home, one of many treasures found over decades of scouring yard sales.

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Have you visited redbankgreen‘s dedicated web page for the upcoming Red Bank Townwide Yard Sale?

Today we’ve updated the exclusive source of information about the September 12 bargainfest with a feature about Lonnie Gordon, a Red Banker we’ve dubbed the town’s ‘yard sale maven.’

Here’s a taste:

Pay a visit to Gordon’s 17-room house on Leighton Avenue in Red Bank, and prepare to get a curated view of her second-hand treasures. A mahogany writing table ($40). A set of wineglasses ($2). An electric skillet ($7) that she calls “the best damn thing I ever bought.”

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TOWNWIDE YARD SALE REGISTRATION OPENS

cimg858420090813Coming into view in Red Bank: block after block of tables groaning under the weight of good, used stuff.

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Registration is now open for the second annual Red Bank Townwide Yard Sale, scheduled for Saturday, September 12, rain or shine.

redbankgreen has created a new yard sale website to serve as the clearinghouse for information about the event, which last year drew thousands of visitors to more than 150 homes across town.

The site features articles about yard sales, with more to come. We’ve also got the registration form that residents must submit in order to have their addresses, and select items they’re selling, listed in an information packet that will be distributed to shoppers the morning for the event. The registration fee for sellers is $10.

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HISTORY ON THE BLOCK, PIECE BY PIECE

fh-williams-backThe Charles Williams House, dating to the mid-19th century, will be the site of an estate sale on Saturday.

Fair Haven officials expect to hold a final debate and vote next Monday on whether to float a bond to buy and raze one of the oldest homes in town to create a riverfront park.

Meantime, on Saturday, the owners of the house built by free black man Charles Williams in 1855 are planning to sell its contents at what promises to be an unusual yard sale, redbankgreen has learned.

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ATTENTION YARD-SALE LOVERS

largeyard1Are you a yard sale junkie? Do you know someone who is?

Are you planning a yard sale, or to go out on a garage-sale shopping spree?

redbankgreen would love to hear from you.

We’re gearing up for the second annual Red Bank Townwide Yard Sale, scheduled rain-or-shine for Saturday, September 12, and we’d appreciate your input.

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YARD SALE ON JOHN STREET

img_8663001Shoppers checking out the merch on Leighton Avenue during last year’s first Red Bank Townwide Yard Sale.

This just in from Red Banker Jami Josephson Chace, taking us up on our offer of free publicity for local yard sales:

Huge yard sale! Something for everyone! (No kids stuff though) Sat Only June 27th 8am-2pm 58 John Street, off Prospect ave.

Big Chair, Couch Table, Corner TV Cabinet, Printers, Microwave, Kitchen Stuff, Office Chair, Shredder, Golf Clubs and Bags, small TV, cooler bags, Timbale Drums, wood coffee table, futon Couch, frames , pictures, heavy punching bag, blinds, instructional salsa tapes and so much MORE!!!!

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YARD SALE SATURDAY

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Continuing its quest to promote local yard sales, redbankgreen today has word of one in the Fairview section of Middletown scheduled for this weekend.

date: Sat, May 2nd

time: 10a to 3p

location: 40 Stephenville Boulevard

rain date: Sun, May 3rd same time

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YARD SALE ALERT: OAKLAWN ROAD

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Former shop owner Susan Ericson's "gigantic, blowout, clean-out-the-house" yard sale has turned into a neighborhood event on her cul-de-sac.

Susan Ericson used to have a store on River Road in Fair Haven called Black Eyed Susans
Kitchen that sold vintage collectibles and small, household treasures.

On Saturday, she'll turn her home inside-out with a yard sale, offering numerous items that used to be in the store "at yard sale prices," she says.

A number of Ericson's neighbors on their cul-de-sac off Harding Road in Fair Haven will be holding sales as well, she tells redbankgreen.

Her own yard sounds like one not to miss. Ericson says her house alone probably has "more stuff to sell than all of the houses" on Madison Avenue, Red Bank, the site of last week's featured sale. "We have everything from antiques and framed
art work to furniture and tons of books — especially cookbooks."

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YARD SALE WATCH: MADISON AVENUE

MadisonaveTen families have signed up for this weekend’s event on Madison Avenue, says organizer Sandy Riddle.

Yes, folks, the redbankgreen Yard Sale Watch is back, bringing you word about interesting outdoor bargain-hunting opportunities as we beat the drum for the second annual Red Bank Townwide Yard Sale coming in September.

Here’s our offer: if you’re having a yard sale within our coverage area, let us know and we’ll get the word out. Send us all the information — date, time, location and rain date, if any — in an email at least ten days in advance, and please put the words “yard sale” in the subject line.

We kick the season off today with word from Madison Avenue of a streetlong event. At least 10 households are expected to put our their wares on Saturday from 10 a to 2p, says organizer Sandy Riddle. The rain date is Sunday, same hours.

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AFTER THE GOLD RUSH: NO FUSS, NO MESS

WallaceThe scene at a house on Wallace Street near McClaren Saturday morning.

The big question leading up to last weekend’s Red Bank Townwide Yard sale — how much trash would be left out afterward — has been answered.

“There were zero problems, from where I’m sitting,” director of Public Utilties Gary Watson told redbankgreen yesterday. “If I saw four spots where there was leftover waste from the yard sale, it was a lot.”

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YARD SALE FEVER SWEEPS RED BANK

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The weather was largely spectacular and the excitement level high for Saturday’s first-ever Red Bank Townwide Yard Sale.

Sellers at some West Side locations had hoped for a bit more traffic, and the two families who set up tables in the Windward Way development off Prospect Avenue were feeling a little isolated from the action.

But throngs of shoppers could be found at St. Thomas Episcopal Church on South Bridge Avenue, which also opened its basement to sellers, as well as along River Road, Harding Road and East Bergen Place, among other streets.

We’ve got pix from the event here (click to enlarge). And check out our story about the bear-hugging shopper from Kingston, NY.

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A CARLOAD OF DEALS 140 MILES FROM HOME

Img_8669001James Richter, long-distance bargain hunter.

redbankgreen covered a fair amount of ground Saturday, but we kept hearing about a guy who’d really clocked some miles for the Red Bank Townwide Yard Sale.

Word was he’d traveled 140 miles from Kingston, NY. Naturally, we wanted to meet him, but we seemed always to be one step behind him.

Finally, around noon, we crossed paths on the West Side with a shopper, who seeing our camera, told us he and his wife had traveled two hours, from Kingston, NY, for the event.

"What is that, about 140 miles?" we asked.

"Exactly!" he said, his eyes wide, and we knew we’d found our man.

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MAPPING BARGAINS, BORDER TO BORDER

Believe the balloons: No fewer than 147 homes, plus the public library, are participating in Saturday’s Red Bank Townwide Yard Sale.

One “seller” is giving everything away, free. Somebody else has a toilet and sink for sale.

There are Christmas decorations, musical instruments (another drum set included), a diaper-changing table/dresser, a tea cart, exercise equipment and a couple of refrigerators.

We’ve got $10 antiques, CDS, kitchen utensils and, at just about every stop, “household items.” The Red Bank Public Library is getting in on the action, too, with a silent auction of furnishings, including card catalog filing cabinets.

Somebody even took the absolute-truth-in-advertising approach to describing what she’ll be selling: “Junk.”

Saturday is the first-ever Red Bank Townwide Yard Sale, and what you’re looking at above is a representation of the enthusiasm with which borough residents have leapt at the chance to repurpose, recycle and just get rid of stuff they no longer need but still has value.

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YARD SALE NEWS

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We’re getting a lot of inquiries today at redbankgreen asking when the list of participating sellers in the Red Bank Townwide Yard Sale will be available.

Answer: Late Friday morning. Registrations are still coming in at the Red Bank DPW, and we want the list to be as complete as possible.

We’re also holding off on posting it to minimize the pestering of sellers by early-bird shoppers.

The addresses, information about what’s being sold and a locator map will be posted on the yard sale microsite; readers will be able to print them out from there.

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IN oRBit: A YARD SALE WARM-UP OF SORTS

Noworbiting_iconBargains, lightly used, in Atlantic Highlands Saturday.

In today’s edition of Red Bank oRBit, your comprehensive guide to what’s going on around The Green, you’ll find:

• a item on the nearly nude, airborne dancers in “Garden of Earthly Delights” wrapping up their highly praised run of shows at the Two River Theater

• an update on an almost-sidelined production at New Jersey Rep that hews to the dictum, ‘the show must go on!’

• a sorting out of the bands and musicians — including the panties-flasher we featured last week — taking to stages in and around Asbury Park

• and a look at what we’re viewing as a kind of warmup for the Red Bank Townwide Yard Sale on September 20 as Atlantic Highlands holds its 30th annual outdoor flear market at the marina.

oRBit also features the richest events calendar and restaurant guide to the greater Red Bank area, so pop on over when you’re ready to map out your weekend.

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ON THE TABLE: NEW YARD SALE WEBPAGE

SaleitemsYou never know what you’ll find.

From the Navesink River to Newman Springs Road, Red Bank will transform itself into a bazaar on Saturday, September 20, with its first-ever Townwide Yard Sale.

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Today, redbankgreen launches a webpage dedicated to the event, a one-stop information booth we hope you’ll find both entertaining and instructive.

The site includes Q&As on how to participate as a seller, how to make the most of your sale, what this event is all about and more.

You’ll also find redbankgreen‘s first video effort, one we hope will give you a chuckle.

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YARD SALE FORMS: GET ‘EM HERE!

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OK, early birds. The first-ever Red Bank Townwide Yard Sale, scheduled for September 20, is coming together. And for those who plan ahead, here’s some helpful starter info.

There are some rules. The borough of Red Bank is asking that participating sellers register with the Public Utilities department and pay a fee of $10. Though the usual bulk-waste rules apply — residents must call to schedule pickups, even when the town is slated to pickup on your side of the — part of the fee is to help the town cover any unexpected bulk-waste tipping fees at the county landfill resulting from goods left out on the curb after the sale.

A portion of the fee will go to toward advertising the event. (For the record, redbankgreen is not receiving any of these funds.)

So here’s your starter kit:

Instructions Download rbys_instructions.pdf

Registration form Download rbtys_application.pdf

redbankgreen, courtesy of advertisers Antique Center of Red Bank and Prown’s Home Improvements, will have an entire webpage of information devoted to the yard sale, including answers to nuts-and-bolts questions, tips from an expert on how to make the most of your sale, a video and other fun stuff. We hope to launch it next week, so stay tuned.

Meantime, here’s a local yard sale this weekend you might want to check out:

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RED BANK YARD SALE GETS GREEN LIGHT

Pathetic_yard_sale_signs2Pathetic Charmingly simple yard sale signage points the way to unknown treasures.

Mark those calendars, folks. The first-ever Red Bank Townwide Yard Sale is a go for Saturday, September 20, rain or shine.

The borough council approved the event Monday night, clearing the way for block after block of bargains.

As part of the approval, the council set a $10 registration fee for participants to offset additional costs for the the Public Works department. Here’s the resolution on the matter: Download 08-162.pdf

redbankgreen, Prown’s Home Improvements and the Antique Center of Red Bank are lending promotional support to the event. That will include a dedicated webpage of information, complete with registration forms, addresses of participating sellers, information on bulk waste pickup and recycling options, and more. So watch this space.

Meantime, redbankgreen continues to offer local residents an opportunity to tout their own yard sales. Here’s one coming up this weekend, a joint affair:

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YARD SALE: RUMSON, SATURDAY

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Every once in a while, these posts just write themselves…

From redbankgreen‘s email in-basket this week:

Hello! Last weekend, my friend posted her garage sale on your website and she said she had an awesome response because of it! I’m having one this weekend, and she told me that I absolutely had to contact you guys!

So here are the details:

Saturday, August 2nd 9am-3pm

7 Center Street, Rumson, NJ

Not your grandma’s garage sale!

Three college grads are selling books and a desk (who needs either of those anymore?!), a Yamaha keyboard, lots of clothes and shoes, movies, artwork, and other really great stuff you won’t want to pass up!

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DRUMMING UP INTEREST: YARD SALE

OK folks, we have just one taker so far on our recent offer to post free notices of local yard sales. But it’s a start.

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Saturday and Sunday, from 8a to 3p, swing by 25 Hubbard Park in Red Bank, where the homeowner will be putting out, among other items:

Luggage, drum set, sports equipment, costume jewelry, clothes, teenage girl stuff, lots of miscellany

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