SPRINGFIELD, NJ - Saturday, June 16, the Township of Springfield had a town-wide garage sale. The objective was to get people out of their houses and encourage commerce and personal connection between the town’s residents.
As a result, multiple people all over town were selling personal goods out on the street. One of those people was Debi Austin. While she does live out of town, Austin was in Springfield helping her grandmother Laverne Buinno sell some items at her Mountain Avenue home. She said that the concept of the town garage sale was just fantastic.
“I think it’s a great idea,” Austin said. “Everybody’s looking for something so there’s enough variety for everyone.”
Austin also said that she was happy with the mix of people coming over to buy items, or just to chat.
Further down Mountain Avenue, Vera Stier was hosting a garage sale at her home. Along with an assortment of personal items, she had a separate table of items donated by the friends of the Springfield Library. She said that the goal of that table is to raise money to buy prizes for the summer reading program.
Speaking about the atmosphere around the event, Stier said that this had been a fantastic experience for her.
“I think it’s wonderful that the community comes together,” Stier said. “You have people who are selling and then you meet people in the community and other communities that come out and are just looking for a bargain.”
Stier also said that she enjoyed meeting the people who came out to the sale.
“People are very friendly,” she said. “Even if they don’t buy anything, they’re cordial, polite, they respect what you put out and it’s just a great way to meet your neighbor.”
Off the main street, Nancy Goldman was holding a garage sale at her Richland Drive house. She said the weather and time of year were just perfect, but she did have some slight reservations about the exact scheduling of the event.
“I don’t know that this would have been the best weekend, being that it’s Father’s Day weekend. But the concept of having a town-wide [garage sale], I definitely like,” she said.
Over by Roessner field, several other garage sales were also going on. Mark Maresca had a number of larger furniture piece out in front of his Irwin Street home. He said that along with helping to clean out his house, the town garage sale gave him the opportunity to meet new people from all over the neighborhood.
“I think it’s a nice opportunity to meet some of the neighbors that you haven’t met before,” he said.
And over on Jefferson Terrace, Jim Stoffers had a variety of different goods in front of his house. He said that so far, he had been pretty happy with the way things had gone.
“It’s going pretty good,” Stoffers said. “There’s a lot of people up and down the streets so I think it’s going to be a pretty good sale for everybody.”
Stoffers also noted that while he had concerns about traffic, the overall outcome of the town garage sale was a positive in his opinion.
“It gets a little nerve-wracking with the cars,” Stoffers said. “Worrying about the kids because they have the park around the corner. [But] as long as everybody does a good speed and stuff like that, it’s definitely a success each year.