WESTFIELD, NJ — Shed the stuff you’re done with, get the stuff you want. That’s the idea behind the Westfield Green Team’s second annual free market, a swap for town residents aimed at keeping perfectly good used items out of landfills and incinerators, planned for Saturday, Sept. 26.

The event is like a giant yard sale, organizers explained, except everything is free. Westfield residents are encouraged to bring gently used household items such as clothing, toys, housewares, sporting goods, books, DVDs, kitchenware, small furniture and more, leave them for others to take and also take items left by others.

Anything left at the end of the event will be donated to Green Drop, which will then distribute the items through one of its partner organizations.

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Organizers of last year’s free market in town estimated that about 2 tons of goods were dropped off that day to avoid the trash. The Green Team hopes to exceed that amount this year.

“The Green Team thought it was very important to hold a free market this year despite the pandemic because residents really enjoyed it last year and many were asking if it was happening again,” said Councilman David Contract, liaison to the Green Team and event co-leader.

“The Green Team worked very hard to maintain the key aspects of the free market, including dropping off and picking up gently used household items, while incorporating many health and safety protocols to keep all participants and volunteers safe,” he said.

If you go:

The market will take place on Saturday, Sept. 26, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the South Avenue train station lot.

In order to maintain public health protocols, participants are asked to note the following procedures for this year’s event.

  • In order to manage attendance volume, drop-off and pick-up will be held at separate times, with drop-off occurring from 9 a.m. –  11 a.m., and browsing/pick-up to occur from 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Attendees are asked to sign up timeslots in advance here. Walk-ins will be admitted on a limited basis. All participants and volunteers are asked to wear masks and maintain social distancing.
  • All residents dropping off products will remain in their cars. Volunteers will remove the products from their trunks.
  • Residents browsing the products during the pick-up segment will be asked to socially distance with no more than two people at each table.

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