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Amanda Frances of Philadelphia found a treasure at the OG Town-Wide Yard Sale. 5/11/19.  Paul Goldfinger © “Mirror, mirror on the wall…who’s the fairest of them all?”

Wearing a fine yellow mini, “vintage model” Amanda Frances of Philadelphia enjoyed exploring the Grove with her mom.   They were staying at the Carriage House on Heck Avenue for a mother-daughter weekend which was to include our Town-Wide Yard Sale the Saturday on the Mother’s Day weekend.

Amanda said that they had a great time at our record breaking sale. For the first time in a few years, we had a sunny day.    The venues were scattered around town, with a wide variety of goods, and the organizers provided a list of addresses, items for sale, and maps to help the visitors.

We met many people from out of town who were thrilled to have so many sales to explore.  Quite a few were finding their way around using smart phones and the Blogfinger web site.

A sale on New Jersey Avenue was run by a group of kids, so they featured puzzles, games and other youth oriented goods.   Paul Goldfinger photo. 5/11/19

We were offering some photography related merchandise, so I got to talk to some visitors who were active photographers, including one man who owned a monochrome digital camera, ie one devoted solely to black and white images.

We met old friends and new ones, including some interesting folks who just moved to town and who were really pleased by the Sale. One told us that many visitors were enthused to come to the Grove for this event and that our Town-Wide Sale had become “an institution.”  Many Grovers thanked us for organizing the Sale.

The Sale was unique because it brought people together for a truly community event.  There was plenty  of parking and plenty of smiles.  There was no congestion, and the mood was that of a relaxed, down-home good time.

Contrast this to the mega-tourist events which will descend on the Grove very soon.

—–Paul Goldfinger,  Editor@ Blogfinger.net

PEGGY LEE:   From her Complete Recordings.


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Grover found a “buy” at the Town-wide sale 2017. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

We have begun our list of addresses. If you are planning to participate, please send us your address now, because others will be encouraged to do the same.

But, you can send us your address up to and including May 10. You can always email us to remove your address if needed, and your list of items for sale can be sent to us whenever you are ready.

Contact us at Blogfinger@verizon.net. The list can be viewed by clicking on the page at the top. You will need a $5.00 permit obtainable at Town Hall.

We would like bragging rights at the shore by having many participants, and the more we get, the more buyers will show up.


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It is time to think about checking your “stuff”to sell in May.  Make it part of your spring clean-up.  We will be posting all participating addresses and the items for sale.  We will ask you to email us starting in March.  Watch for our reminders.  We can use some volunteers to photograph the event, monitor the sites that day, pass out flyers, report on the sale for Blogfinger, and offer suggestions and help with promotions.


Paul Goldfinger, Editor  Blogfinger.net

Vincent Cannavo, Yard Sale Manager


KENNY VANCE  (his latest album; he is back –performing with his son Lance. Hopefully the CMA will include him if they do a Doo Wop concert in 2019)

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Come to the Town-Wide Sale and meet our hospitable Grovarian neighbors. Paul Goldfinger ©

OG Town-Wide Yard Sale. Blogfinger photograph.


Note:  The true number of sellers will be larger, because some will set up on our coat-tails without actually signing onto the list.  And some addresses contain more than one family.

Bring Mom to Ocean Grove for the sale.  She will love shopping and chatting with those friendly Grovers.

Items for sale will be added starting May 5.  Send us an email with your list, but PLEASE include your address and be concise.     Send to  Blogfinger@verizon.net

Visitors can access the list on their mobile devices by going to WWW.Blogfinger.net  and clicking on the yard sale tab at the top of the page.    Visit our sale sites on foot, by bike, or by automobile.  OG map is found by clicking on the yard sale tab above.   Any questions, call our Sale Manager Vincent Cannavo  732 735 0409.

Camp Meeting Association bathrooms will be open on May 12, across from the Great Auditorium.

SELLERS:    You can help us promote the event by picking up a flyer and tacking it somewhere  (for example under one of those pink ribbons.)  Flyers are available at Cheese on Main or at 113 Mt. Hermon Way (Blogfinger headquarters.)

YARD SALE MUSIC.    JOE BROWN hoping for nice weather:


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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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Tape or tack a flier to the front of your house. Passerbys do notice. Flea shown is from 2016

Tape or tack a flier to the front of your house. Passerbys do notice. Flier shown is from 2016


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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