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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

FOSH Garage Sale early bird registration deadline is near

If you are planning on taking part in Plainfield
's annual FOSH Garage Sale, you better get a move on! The early bird registration deadline is this Sunday, April 28. Early bird registration is $25 per house; after Sunday, it goes up to $35. (The Garage Sale is Sunday, May 19.)

If you are new to Plainfield or have not participated before, this is THE Plainfield Spring community event each year, drawing thousands of bargain hunters and visitors to the community. In addition to making some spare cash from that stuff in your attic, garage or basement, it is an opportunity to do some good for the community through FOSH projects funded from the proceeds.


Payment of your registration fee gets you several marketing advantages --
  • First of all, FOSH gets the Garage Sale permit, saving you the hassle of a trip to City Hall;
  • Secondly, the Garage Sale is advertised statewide, something you would hardly do for your own little sale;
  • Thirdly, you are listed in a directory for attendees with a map of the area; and
  • Lastly, FOSH supplies a colored balloon to catch the eye of roving shoppers.

Visit the FOSH website here, where you can register AND pay online via PayPal; or download the Garage Sale Registration forms here, fill out and mail in with check or money order (no cash, please!). If mailing, send completed registration form and payment to: FOSH, P.O. Box 2711, Plainfield, NJ 07062. (Registration forms are also available at designated locations -- see list at end of post.)
By special arrangement with the City of Plainfield, FOSH will file the Garage Sale permit with the City on your behalf. (Note that the City of Plainfield will fine houses participating without a permit.)
Pick up your permit, balloon, directories and maps between 8:00 and 9:00 AM the morning of the sale (at 1332 Evergreen Avenue) and you're good to go!
As in recent years, FOSH has arranged for the Lupus Foundation to take away unsold items homeowners wish to discard after the sale. Speak to Shannon or Pat (numbers below) for more information if you are interested.


Besides publicizing the event, and providing you with a balloon to identify your site and directories to distribute to your shoppers, FOSH designates a portion of the proceeds each year to some of its outreach activities --
  • This year,helping erect signs to recognize the twice-state-champ PHS Cardinals Boys Basketball team, and state champion Cardinals Track Team;
  • An award to a graduating PHS senior for academic success and community service;
  • Tuition grants to Plainfield public schools students for courses at duCret School of the Arts; and
  • Maintenance and improvements at Leland Avenue Park.
For more information, email, or call Garage Sale chair Shannon Pacheco at (917) 204-2112 or FOSH president Pat Turner Kavanaugh at (908) 561-6046.
Do good by doing well!

Pickup locations for Garage Sale applications --

    • Dairy Queen, 1367 South Avenue
    • Netherwood Auto Repair, 1000 South Avenue
    • Swain Galleries, 703 Watchung Avenue (at East 7th Street)
    • ERA Reed Realty, 963 Park Avenue
    • Century 21 John Campbell Realty,  967 South Avenue
    • Sleepy Hollow Realtors, 1304 South Avenue

20th Annual

Sunday, May 19

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Rain or Shine

-- Dan Damon [follow]

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Pat Turner Kavanaugh said...

Dan: thank you. The garage sale shows people what a wonderful community Plainfield is, moves junk from my garage to yours or off to Lupus for a tax donation, and benefits Plainfield causes, especially youth. There were four applications in the PO box today, which I can't credit to you. But tomorrow, Friday and Saturday, let's hope the box is overflowing. Then we start to wish for fine weather that day.

Shannon Pacheco said...

Thanks for helping us get the word out, Dan. :)