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All photos from today’s Ocean Grove Yard Sales. This is at Asbury Avenue—Vicki’s house; always a winner for yard sales, and a beautiful location besides. All photos by Paul Goldfinger. Blogfinger.net © Click to enlarge all photos.

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger

For the third year in a row, the weather posed a threat to the Town-Wide Yard Sale. Last week we postponed the May 13th setting because of horrible rain.  Today, May 20, we expected sunshine, but when we woke up we heard wind gusts, and then, looking out the window, we saw clouds.   It was chilly at 60 degrees, and there were a few little showers late in the morning, causing sellers to open up, cover up, and then start again, often  moving to the porch briefly.  One out-of-towner was cold, so he bought a hoodie from us.

A little rain moved the action onto porches, but only for a few minutes. Blogfinger photo Mt. Hermon Way. ©

We estimate that the Grove had about 60 yard sale sites.  We signed up 49, and there were a number of others that joined in without signing up–I met 3 of those without having to look very hard.   Asbury Park also had a town sale today but they were expecting only 25, and that is over an area larger than the Grove.   Our yard sale manager Vincent  Cannavo said that the density of yard sales in our small town makes for a perfect location for an annual town-wide sale.   Last year we outnumbered Bradley Beach.  There is no data as to how many of our sellers failed to open up because of the weather, but I don’t think there were more than a few.

It’s impossible to know the number of attendees at our yard sales,  Yard sailors told me that they had a fairly successful day  with a steady stream of shoppers despite the lack of sunshine.

As usual, the best thing about the TWYS  is the social component.  We met Grovers whom we never met before and we saw others whom we see only occasionally,  as well as visitors some of whom are regulars in town and who love the yard sales.  They come, often stay over,  eat out, and patronize our merchants.

Eileen and I met a multi-lingual visitor (4 languages) who bought bowls from us and did a fine impression of a Parisian waiter.  A women from Staten Island gave me a lecture as to why rubbing lemongrass oil over your liver was better than Lipitor for cholesterol.   Exchanging stories and observations about our town is always fun, especially with strangers who give us some “out-of-the bubble” points of view.

A couple of out-of towners won the fashion award on Mt. Hermon Way.  He bought a record “Stand  By Me” but she already was.    Blogfinger photo. 5/20/17.

Many Grovers and visitors stopped by our place to talk about Blogfinger, and, without exception, they were supportive. Some commenters came out of the closet to help me match the face with the pseudonym. Aggravated Curmudgeon’s wife told me  that Curmudgeon is actually a nice guy and isn’t always aggravated. He was home selling stuff.

Conversations are always part of the action and are very entertaining and informative. 5/20/17.   Paul Goldfinger photo on Delaware Avenue.

We met visitors  from the outer reaches of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Cincinnati,  and New York—Staten Island, Brooklyn and Manhattan.  Some of the Grovers we spoke to are new residents  in town including Lucy and Reena (both of whom had sales today.)

This crew on Delaware Avenue put their sale on hold for a pizza break in their side yard.  They are candidates for our OG lifestyles award. Blogfinger photo. © 5/20/17.

Several early visitors at our sale were looking for vinyl, but what interested me was that one was a young man.  It turns out young music lovers are taking a keen interest in collecting and playing vinyl.  An antique dealer from a neighboring town told me that sales of “old’ antiques were down because young couples aren’t interested, but there is enhanced interest in vintage stuff such as from the forties and the fifties.

So thanks to all of you Grovers who participated.   It actually can be fairly stressful and difficult to prepare for a yard sale, and when it’s over, you’re still not done working.  But despite that, it is fun.


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TRAFFIC ISSUE:  Rt 33 in Neptune will be closed on May 20 in both directions from Neptune Boulevard to NJ Rt. 35.  There will be a detour.  If you can get to Asbury Park, just continue south on Main Street  (Rt 71) and turn left into Ocean Grove.  Anyone who is on Rt. 35 can turn east at Rt 33 and enter Ocean Grove that way.




Says Paul, “The sale is actually on Saturday, May 20 in Ocean Grove, and we have 49 sites all over town. The banner will be correct on Saturday ”  By Sue Gioulis cartoonist @ Blogfinger. ©


FRANKIE RANDALL:  “One Morning in May”:

FRENCHIE DAVIS  from “Ain’t Misbehavin”   30th Anniversary Cast Recording



TOTAL NUMBER SO FAR: 48  (others may join up to and including 5/19/17.  Contact Blogfinger@verizon.net)

98 Lake Avenue  (Kim)

73 Mt. Hermon Way  (near New York Ave.)  Household items, mirror, jewelry, lamp, TV stand and numerous other items.

84 Mt. Hermon Way:  Household items, collectibles, DVD’s, jewelry, lamps, garden trellises, women’s clothing (casual). Many unique items!

113 Mt. Hermon Way    Eileen and Paul:   linens, Bunn used coffee machine, books, DVD’s, CD’s, and vinyl.  Signed B&W photographs, OG color photos 8×10  ($5.00); clothing (XL mens and women’s M and L;)    misc. items for $1.00 and  $2.00.   Fire King dishes from the ‘50’s, (see Eileen),  jewelry, 2 upright vacuum cleaners, OG car magnets $5.00–see Paul; planters; beach chair with wheels; children’s folding chairs; boules from France; vintage English dinner ware—6 settings.  (Bring your own Englishman)

63 New Jersey Avenue:  Sun Retro bike (hardly used), GMC Denali bike (all aluminum;)  large computer desk; clothing; Dennis Basso coat; much more

10 Delaware: (At Asbury and Mt. Tabor Way)  Lorraine:   Men’s and women’s clothes, lace curtains and table clothes, lamps, small furniture, Christmas items, baby monitor (new,) books, DVD’s, CD’s, glassware, baskets and much more…

61 Delaware Ave.: Furniture, mirrors, home décor, kitchen items, artwork, jewelry, —downsizing and need to get rid of stuff.  Also Domain entertainment center; chinoiserie dresser, LaZ Body recliner, wall art, mirrors, kitchen items, wrought iron twin bed frame,this End Up twin bed frame; old full brass bed frame, bread maker, linens, lamps, crystal chandeliers rugs wicker chest, beanie babies, jewelry, punching bag, Disney VHS tapes, lacrosse gear, ceiling fan old ship’s chest, household items  and more;  AND. SAYS LUCY:  shoe rack, pedestal sink; electric heater; horsehair drum  (Lucy–is the horse for sale?) laptop, unique quilt and quilt hanger, pewter , Wedgewood bowl, brass fireplace items AND FREE ICED TEA.

LUCY:  You da man! You win a prize  (come see us at 113 Mt. Hermon for your prize–see Paul)

(Editor’s note: I’m exhausted typing this list–watch out for Lucy–she uses a punching bag and she has no place to sleep)

37 Ocean Pathway:  (at Central Ave)  Julie:   Coffee table; wetsuits, pictures, decorative surfboards; crystal scones, Dell computer; household goods.

68 Embury Ave.: Antique art work, books, collectibles, jewelry, vintage stuff.

75 Embury Ave. (off New York Ave.) : Wide selection of costume jewelry, tabletop and decorative accessories.

99 Embury Ave.  (at Pennsylvania): New Jersey books and other books, China, housewares, outdoor and indoor furniture, toys, baby items, sets of golf clubs, costume jewelry

115 Asbury Avenue (at Delaware)   Small furniture, vintage hand painted dresser, bag lots of costume jewelry, fabrics, trimmings, beads, baubles and bangles.  Vintage items and antiques.  Plus lots and lots more too !

112 Asbury Avenue:

101 Asbury Avenue: Bicycles, tools, household items & outdoor décor. Tons of stuff and something for everyone!

83 Asbury:  Vintage: new, borrowed, blue.  Something for everyone.

70 Mt. Tabor Way:  household items, books, china, Christmas, and children’s items.

94 Mt. Tabor Way:  Tina—-Glassware; china; floor lamps; table lamps; mirrors; blank CD’s; kitchen items and cookware; white plastic patio table with 6 chairs; motorcycle jackets and helmets; etc.

81 Mt. Carmel Way.: Large assortment of items : antiques, fine china and other collectibles.

89  Mt. Carmel Way.  (at Pennsylvania).  This is the Woman’s Club of Ocean Grove. Small furniture items, assorted housewares, a whole house fan, and a general array of stuff. (General Array fought with Custer at Little Big Horn)

134 Main  Ave.: Children’s rocking and folding chairs, HO trains, vintage toys, household items such as books, clothing and holiday decorations

140 Main Avenue:  (corner Benson)   Restored vintage furniture, antiques, household items, lamps, artwork, bikes, small and large air conditioners, and more…

23 Heck Avenue: Trek Beach Cruiser bike with basket used twice (purchased from Brielle Cyclery,) amazing supply of baking supplies for decorating cupcakes, cake pops, etc, almost new juicer, electric piano.

60 Heck Avenue: (corner Pilgrim Pathway)  Costume jewelry, beauty products, hand bags, sports teams sweatshirts, framed prints, household items, mirrors and much more.

89 Heck Avenue: furniture, pottery, glassware/china, baskets, antique typewriters, Victrola, records, books, golf clubs , large amount of Lenox items, and more.

94 1/2 Heck Avenue. Jean    Vintage toy rag doll collection, clothes (L), shelves, mirrors, vintage photos, vintage linens, vintage quilts  (collectibles,) various assorted and sundry knick -knacks doo dads that you can’t live without !!.  (Jean:  Who doo that doo dad that you do so well?)   Near New Jersey Ave

97 Heck  Avenue  Joy and Mike  (Near New Jersey Ave): mirrors, clothing, jewelry- shelves etc

9 Abbott Avenue: Bookcase 5 foot, 4 chairs harp back, 1926 bed, 3 speed turntable vintage with built in speakers-radio-cassette player,   upright vacuum, antique dishes, patio double glider, books, records, DVD’s, Simpson’s DVD,

148 Abbott Ave.  Household items, rocking chair, jewelry,  baby clothes, DVD’s, men and women’s clothing, shoes, puzzles, and children books. —much more.

15 Olin Street: (near Central)  Flat screen TV,beauty products, accessories, men’s’ women’s clothing, home goods, small furniture pieces, patio furniture pillows.

29 Olin Street (near Central)

67 Webb Ave. (at Pilgrim Pathway)  Vintage bowls, pottery, glasses, dishes, antique picture frames/paintings, quilts/ linens, books, Stickley chair, early chairs, antique console/side tables, rugs, Victorian chair, vintage child’s chairs,  books including   vintage watering cans, and planters , hats, clothing, old wagon, silver butter dish and more.

109 Webb Ave.  Mike:  Downsizing from larger h one; clothes, furniture, just about everything!!  30 years accumulation.

15 Surf Avenue    (at Beach Avenue)   Set of 4 Mid Century Thonet chairs, doll house, pair of West Elm light fixtures, Christmas stuff, snowman blow mold, pink flamingo, clothing, pair Italian carved chairs, turquoise Mid Century bullet planter, striped slipper chair, cd’s, doll highchair, humidor, chenille bed covers, and more.

31 Atlantic Ave.   Women’s clothing and accessories artwork, decorative, household. Indoors and out. Also on Friday May 12.

22 Pitman Avenue (at Beach) small furniture, household items, lamps, collectibles, antiques, kitchenware–dishes,  1950’s items, books, jewelry, and other items.

36 McClintock Ave  antique child’s school desk, sheet music cabinet, white shelves, china cabinet

80 Broadway  (NY Ave)

142 Broadway, 2W. Pictures, glassware, vintage inspired jewelry, small furniture items

144 Broadway: Antique canisters, china, books, housewares and more.

56 Franklin Ave.:  

77 Franklin Avenue: Housewares; bathroom fixtures, vanity cabinet and knobs, lighting, and grab bars;   vintage clothing, vintage grass hula skirt from Hawaii, DVD’s, vintage mirror, car carrier, typewriters, Beanie Babies collectable plush animals, vintage cameras, vintage white wood cottage chairs, brass hooks and hardware, large art cargo carrier (roof),

113 Pilgrim Pathway (at Franklin):Hundreds of vintage jewelry, vintage furs, clothes, American pottery, milk glass, lusterware, planters, Rosenthal china, and plenty more.

73 Clark Ave. (at Pilgrim Pathway): Dishes, home decor pieces, outdoor pillows, small accent and end tables, CD player with speakers, books, 2 small animal carriers, kitchen items, ice buckets, camera tripod, coolers, beach chairs, games, pictures, bath scale, travel bags, and more.

76 Clark Ave.  Kitchen/household items (decorative and functional) mirrors, lamps, chandeliers rug, women’s clothes, jewelry, accessories  (purses, scarves, coats etc.), CD’s and possibly some children’s stuff.

91 Clark Ave.

58 Cookman Ave.  Unit B.  (At Pilgrim Pathway)  General items.

76 Cookman Ave, Prosper:—-leather recliner, two wing chairs, stereo system, antique writing table, Rolling Stone Magazines-Issues from the Mid-1970’s. Life MagazinesRare Melody Maker 1981 with Bruce Springsteen Cover Story

113 Central Ave. (corner of Central and Franklin.)    Decorative pillows and holiday bed covering, cooking aprons, folding chair covers.  wind decanter and 6i glass set, glass food platters, candlestick holders and vases, ceramic soup tureen and deviled eg holder, bath towels, metal decorative door stops, tin children’s lunch boxes,  asst. household items

69 Stockton Ave. (between Pilgrim Pathway and New York Ave.)   Assorted household goods, small scatter rugs, 2 vintage bentwood chairs, 2 wicker chairs, vintage glassware, Polaroid Land camera–Rainbow model.

108 Stockton Ave.   A few antique/vintage items, child’s tricycle (Kettler,) misc. household stuff

OG 4th Annual Town-Wide Yard Sale © Blogfinger photo. Central and Heck.

SELLERS:  You may continue adding items for sale through  May 19. .  Email us at  Blogfinger@verizon.net

Yard sailors can sign up through  Friday May 19.  Please tell us your nearest cross street.

The sale is rain or shine, but the weatherman products a glorious day, and beautiful weather will help make this sale a success and lots of fun besides.  Bring a bicycle as the best way of riding all over town (3/4 square miles) too visit all 44 sales.

Sign up at Blogfinger@verizon.net.  If you want to remove your address from the list, please let us know.  For questions, email to blogfinger@verizon.net or you can call the Yard Sale Manager Vincent Cannavo  732 735 0409

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