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Allendale Women's Club Makes Garage Sale Townwide Affair

Volunteer, Sheila Granowitz, with John Fell House Board member Pat Finn outside the John Fell House barn.
Volunteer, Sheila Granowitz, with John Fell House Board member Pat Finn outside the John Fell House barn. Photo Credit: Melissa Heule

ALLENDALE, NJ -- The Allendale Women's Club has found a way to help neighbors tidy up AND raise mooney at the same time.

The club is sponsoring a borough-wide garage sale on Sept. 26, with up to 50 residences opening doors to potential buyers.

The 96-year-old group will collect a $30 donation from each participating household and $1 from the sale of maps available at Borough Hall.

The map will help shoppers determine which houses have antiques, sports equipment and kids clothing.

"If you are looking for electronics or furniture, or you might get the house that has jewelry or kids stuff, or the one that doesn't, so you aren't looking on and on through the wrong stuff," said board member and past club president, Maureen Mamunes.

Women's Club member Molly Kissel Patrick had her own successful garage sale last year, banking $1,000. This year, she's a buyer.

Club members hope the timing is on their side, with people in town for the Northern Highlands Regional High School 50th Anniversary.

The John Fell House and Archer United Methodist Church are both collecting donations for those who don't want to sell items directly from their houses. They will use the money towards their own projects.

Susanne Lovisolo, board member for the landmark John Fell House, has been accepting items from fellow residents, including antiques and decorative items -- everything but clothes and books.

"Personally, I would love to see the barn renovation within the next few years," said Lovisolo. "It's been a real labor of love and the potential for doing some great stuff for this house is endless."

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