SPRINGFIELD, NJ - Several times per year, Springfield picks up bulk garbage. Before the garbage gets picked up, the town gives its residents a chance to make a little extra dough and get a jump on their cleaning.
The town-wide garage sale is a unique chance for Springfield's denizens to see what their neighbors are selling. But more than that, it is also an opportunity for people to meet residents they may never have seen before, and swap stories.
Down Mountain Avenue, Theresa Steir was set up to sell in her driveway. Steir was with her parents, fiance and nieces.
"I have a wedding to pay for," Steir said. "So [I'm] definitely excited to get some extra cash to pay for that wedding. Some of these items that we've had for a while and haven't used. They say if you haven't used it within a year or two, it's time to get rid of it."
Steir also said it was fun to meet town residents, especially connecting with people who live only a couple blocks from her.
Elsewhere in town on Laurel Drive, Nicole MacGregor was busy selling too. She was with her aunt and uncle. For Macgregor, the garage sale was a chance to update neighbors on their life and livelihood.
It's really nice," MacGregor said. "Because my house actually had a fire a couple of years ago, so a lot of people today not only tried to see the stuff that we have and what they'd like to have for themselves, but they also said that it was great that we were able to rebuild. Seeing that community come together, it was nice to see that."
Andrew Zajkowski also remarked on the community nature of the event as he started to pack up for the day at his house on Battlehill Avenue.
"It was the first time that I've done [the sale]," Zajkowski said. "We had a much better turnout than I expected and I pocketed a fair amount of cash too, so I can't complain about that."
"I've been here for well over a decade, but it's always nice to meet new people," he added. "We've had quite a bit of people coming through here. Can't say that I've met any of them before honestly, so it was a good day."
The town-wide garage sale will be followed later this week by bulk garbage pickup on Sept. 11 and 12.