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We just received our updated TWYS fliers, skillfully prepared by Andrew Gioulis of KFR Comunications.   Thank you Andrew.  These fliers would make a nice wall decoration for your OG house.  We’ll let you know when they are available.

Whether you are a participant or a shopper, please mark your calendars.

The more sellers and buyers= a more successful event.  We would like to break the shore record.

If you Google “Which Jersey Shore towns have the most successful town-wide yard sale,” Ocean Grove is listed #1.  In an APP article last year, OG ‘s TWYS was listed with Asbury Park’s, but we had more participants.

Other travel sites picked us up including Delaware On-Line, Event Crazy.com, NJ.com, and others, but unfortunately  the OGCMA refused outright  to help our citizens promote this event,  confirming the problem between the populace and the entrenched CMA.  And the Chamber of Commerce said that our town-wide sale would be bad for their businesses, so they wouldn’t help.

We advertise each year in the Coaster, Craig’s List, and the APP.  We welcome any volunteers who have ideas about marketing.  No one makes any money on this event except  the sellers.

If you think you’ve heard this song before, you are correct, but predictable repeats of traditions can be reassuring and beneficial.

HARRY JAMES with a message of this sort.   It’s from Woody’s great movie Hannah and her Sisters:

–Paul Goldfinger, Editor@Blogfinger.net  (Contact:   Blogfinger@verizon. net.)

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Action shot on Heck Avenue during the 2015 edition of the OG Town-wide Yard Sale. Blogfinger photo ©


Ocean Grove Town-Wide Yard Sale. Paul Goldfinger photo. Blogfinger.net © 2014.

From Paul Goldfinger, Editor@Blogfinger.net

We will be having the  7th Annual Town-Wide Yard Sale on SAturday, May 12, 2018, from 9 am to 4 pm.  Blogfinger will be sponsoring the tradition.  .

Contact us: Blogfinger email       (Blogfinger@verizon.net)

We will need some more volunteers—-Grovers will be needed to monitor the sale on that Saturday by riding around town on bikes checking on the participants. Other tasks:  print fliers, hand out fliers, take photographs of sales that day, place some signs around town (entrances etc,) , and we are open to suggestions/ideas to promote the event.

Think about getting some fliers from us and placing them wherever–eg church, meeting halls, other towns nearby, on your home, etc.  Get the kids to set up lemonade stands.

Mark your calendars now and think about having a sale.  Notify us with your name, address, cross street, and email for now.  Items for sale can be added later.  Groupings of sales attract more shoppers.

Our Town-Wide Yard Sale attracts out-of-towners, but it is never a deluge.  Parking is not a problem on the Saturday  of the Mother’s Day weekend, and it is great fun to walk around with Mom.

It is people strolling strolling through our town visiting  our beautiful neighborhoods and chatting with the locals.  It is as much a social event as it is a sale and it is the sort of activity that promotes a sense of community, unlike the massive, grid-locking events that we are used to in OG.

As before, we will establish a page on Blogfinger to list all the sellers and, eventually, their list of items. We will provide links for visitors to  find on their cell phones that will offer maps of the Grove and the official sellers list.  We will advertise on BF, Coaster, APP, Camp Meeting* Booklet and electric sign,  word-of mouth  (tell your friends,) and any other way that you might suggest.

Don’t forget that you will need a Yard Sale permit.

More details will follow. We will schedule  a meeting at the Blogfinger headquarters in March to discuss details with volunteers.   Stay tuned.

So, be like the Quotations and use your imagination to make our event a success:

 * The CMA refused this request.

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2017  flier.    In 2018, the sale will be on Saturday May 12 (Mother’s Day weekend.)

 

6th Annual Town-Wide Yard Sale in Ocean Grove. Asbury Avenue. 5/20/17./ Paul Goldfinger photo. ©  Click to enlarge.

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger.net

This is not the first time that the residential community, represented by Blogfinger, is seeking an organization in town to sponsor the Annual Town-Wide Yard Sale, a successful event, and to bring it to a higher level. It is always held on the Saturday of the Mother’s Day weekend.  This year will be the 7th Annual TWYS–on Saturday May 12, 2018.

Events run for  the community of residents are not that common in Ocean Grove.  This would be a fine gesture on the part of some group to recognize that attention should be paid to those who actually  live  here.

All the groups in town, including the Home Owners, OG United, and the Chamber have their own narrow agendas. Any of those groups would benefit in terms of PR and good will if they were to take on this popular happening.  The Chamber once said that they opposed the Town-wide sale because it was  “bad for business.”   Here’s a chance for them to reverse that dubious assessment .  The first one which volunteers gets the gig.

Or a group of civic minded Grovers could take it on under the banner of the Community of Residents  (OG).

If there is any group that wants to take a leadership position for the Town-Wide Yard Sale, please contact me at Blogfinger@verizon.net. I will continue doing the online list of participants and providing advertising online.  And we will give laudatory publicity to whoever takes over.

A leadership sponsor would deal with promoting the event, offering guidance to participants, advertising, fliers,  fund raising as needed, and any other innovative ideas that they might have.

ROBERT PRESTON  from the Broadway show the Music Man

 

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Many thanks to Andrew Gioulis of KFR Communications for designing and updating our flier.

 

Blogfinger is pleased to announce that the Town-Wide Yard sale tradition in Ocean Grove will continue on the Saturday of the Mothers Day weekend  (May 13, 2017).  We have a Grover volunteer who has stepped to the plate to help.  His name is Vincent Cannavo  and he will be the manager for the event, working with the Blogfinger staff.   Please contact us if you have ideas or wish to volunteer in some capacity.  For example, we will need a photographer that day and someone to work on a map to be posted and distributed.

We will operate the sale in the same way as before, maintaining an on-line list for interested folks to reference.  We will promote the event including advertising.

More details will be forthcoming next week, but meanwhile start planning your sale.  Eileen and I will be participating  (practicing what we preach.) Contact information for Vincent will be posted shortly.  Fliers will be distributed starting next week.

So yard sailors, welcome aboard, mark your calendars, and dig out your favorite junk.

To be added to the list, send your information to Blogfinger@verizon.net.  We need your name  (although we won’t post that unless you want it,) address, email, phone number (if you don’t have email), nearest cross street, and list of your sale items.  You can always add the list of items later, or begin it now and add more items later.  You can decide to join up to the day before the sale. And you will need a Township sale permit. Tell them that you are with the town-wide sale, and they will charge a discounted fee of $5.00 at the Mother Ship (Municipal building building department )

FRENCHIE DAVIS from Ain’t Misbehavin’:

 

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Tape or tack a flier to the front of your house. Passerbys do notice.

Tape or tack a flier to the front of your house. Passerbys do notice.

 

If you are willing to post a flier, or if you know a merchant or some other location  (eg a church bulletin board) please pick up a flier at GINGERBREADS, 49 Main Avenue; see Terri Lepore.     Thank you, the Management.

LOUIE PRIMA  with yard sale music and OG tent city music  (sorry, it’s not the London Philharmonic.)

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In April we will begin collecting names, addresses, cross streets and items for sale.  Watch for more information.  These posters will be available in April. They will make nice souvenirs to hang in your OG home.  We will sell them to defray the costs of printing and advertising.   Many thanks to Andrew Gioulis of KFRCommunications.com.

Yard Sale music:  Bette Midler  (Blogfinger’s cousin:)

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