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Kennedy School Area Garage Sale a Success

Mayor Anesh, Council President Barletta with the organizers, Jill Ryan, Matt Victoria, Barbara Penny and Jennifer DeCosta Credits: Jill Ryan
Matt Victoria, Jennifer DeCosta and Barbara Penny Credits: Jill Ryan

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Mayor Matthew Anesh and Councilman Alex Barletta were two of the guests of honor at the first annual Kennedy School area Garage Sale organized by local businesses on Saturday.The weather cooperated and there were more than 50 homes that participated in the event.

Jill Ryan of The Scarlett Marketing Group, and Victoria and Jennifer DeCosta of Coldwell Banker Realty were the moving forces behind orchestrating the neighborhood garage sale.

In coming up with the concept for the event, DeCosta stated, “I have recently partnered with Barbara Penny, who was just awarded the prestigious Realtor Emeritus award for 40 years in service by the National Association of Realtors. She has a yearly garage sale in Edison and I realized that no one has ever sponsored on in South Plainfield. So I called Matt and Jill and we put this together in one day. It turned out larger than we expected and we are so happy to hear all the excitement from our neighbors.”

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Victoria added, “I was happy to have participated in the Kennedy Garage School Area Event.  It was a great success with 50 garage sales.  Having local town people and others from the surrounding areas coming out to visit the garage sales made the day so special.   This was the first local area garage sale for the South Plainfield area and was organized by Jennifer DeCosta of Coldwell Banker Metuchen, Jill Ryan of The Scarlett Marketing Group & Matthew Victoria of MLB Residential Lending.  We would also like to thank all of the local resources for helping promote this event with exposure from TAP of South Plainfield and the Observer.  We are all looking forward to making this a yearly event for the residents of South Plainfield.”

Decosta received accolades from the participants as well as the shoppers. One participant thanked Decosta because this allowed her to “clear the clutter in her basement and now she has a few unforeseen dollars in her pocket and more space.”

Ryan stated, “This was a great opportunity not only for the participants to make some money, but to get to know their neighbors in the process.”

Due to the high volume of participants as well as borough interest, DeCosta, Victoria and Ryan are already discussing to plan South Plainfield’s first town wide garage sale next September. 

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