MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ - Despite the seemingly endless on again off again week long rain showers, Saturday proved to be perfect garage sailing weather in Mountainside. Nearly 60 homes participated in this year's town wide tag sale, sponsored by the Mountainside Newcomers.  The annual event was well attended by local residents and shoppers traveling far and wide to the Borough.   

Thanks to committee member Lauren St. Hill, tech savvy garage sailors were able to utilize an online interactive map to bargain hunt.  Hard copies of the maps were also made available early Saturday morning at the Mountainside Memorial Library on Constitution Plaza. Directly next door, The Mountainside Restoration Committee was piggybacking on the high traffic, and running two annual fundraisers simultaneously. According to Ruthie Goense, the all volunteer organization (which oversees the historic properties in the Borough) has participated in the town wide garage sale since its inception.  The nonprofit got a jump start to the event and started their sale on Friday, which also featured a three day plant sale featuring mums, ornamental cabbages and delicious peppers straight from the farm. 

Along with board games, baby gear, books, furniture, jewelry, and household items, several homes featured young entrepreneurs selling their own outgrown clothing and toys. Over on Knollwood Road, seven year old Caroline T. decided to cash in items in her closet. When asked what she was planning to do with the proceeds, the second grader told TAPinto she was going to buy herself a birthday present. 

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Early birds didn't seem to bother one homeowner, also on Knollwood Road, where several children were also pitching in, including manning a station of cold water for sale. Their mother reported, “The kids were happy to help and enjoyed making some money.”

Mike H. of Rolling Rock Road, also known as “the king of fun,” was selling a great deal of his grown children’s sports equipment, books and cameras. Mike noted the profits from the sale “were being deducted from what our kids owe us.” 

Mindy P. told TAPinto, “We were really impressed with the fantastic turnout and the organization of the sale, from the sign ups, to the signage, to the maps.“ This was the second year the Wyoming Drive resident has participated, and her mother was also on hand to assist – and do some selling of her own.

Over on Virginia Ave., new resident Jamie B’s young son Eric was hosting a lemonade stand, with proceeds of his sale being donated to the Mountainside Rescue Squad, another all volunteer organization on which Jamie is a new member.

Towards the end of the sale, many items were reduced to half price, or given away for free, including throughout the day.

Organizer Genevieve Cooper would like to thank her fellow committee members Lauren St. Hill, Tara DeLuca, Patricia Sharkey, and Erin Heyert, as well as the entire Mountainside community for its support. 

Moving in, or moving out, it’s always fun to host or pick up a bargain at a garage sale.  There’s something for everyone in Mountainside—any time of year.  Subscribe to TAPinto Mountainside and see what’s happening next!

Click on the photo gallery for more highlights from the sale.