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SOMA Treasure Hunt (Two Towns Yard Sale) Is May 18! May 1 Deadline Approaching

Friends, Bargain Hunters, “Yard Sail” Enthusiasts Who Enjoy A Pirate Life-Style Based On Small Transactions Conducted Outdoors!

Many of you in SO, (home of the Seton Hall Pirates), are familiar with the Town Yard Sale, which has been held every May for the past decade or so. This year, we’re going to expand it to include all of SOMA, have a charitable beneficiary, and include a bit of nautical fun for the whole family.

Saturday May 18th!!!! 9 am-3 pm (Raindate May 19th – if we need to rain-date – email will be sent out!)

Both Maplewood and South Orange have agreed to waive yard sale permit fees for this one day, MAY 18TH, to allow us to create THE SOMA TREASURE HUNT.

Participating households (Yard Sailers) will be listed on the big, suitable for framing, SOMA treasure map, receive a festive themed yard sale sign, and treasure seeker clues to hand out that lead to freebies at local businesses, snacks in town…..

AS OF APRIL 19TH WE ARE AT 50+ HOUSEHOLDS AND COUNTING!!!

We are planning an afterparty for all Yard Sailers as well…. 5-7 at the Cassidy, with an open bar for all Yard Sailers and sponsors. (while the money holds out!)

What we’re asking in return is a voluntary, suggested 5-10% of your gross donation to MEND, a network of food pantries in Essex County that includes The Food Pantry at Our Lady of Sorrows in SO, and St. Joseph’s in Maplewood. (see MEND link below). This donation can be done after the fact – on their website https://mendnj.org/donate/

Example: You gross $500 – just donate $25 after the fact.

We are currently adding sponsors for the afterparty – and local businesses who will offer ANYTHING PIRATEY AND FUN – PARTICULARLY FOR KIDS…  Those sponsors will appear on the map and Yard Sail signage.

Also many thanks to Weichert Short Hills, Bone Pool Radio, Amy Paternite, Coldwell Banker Realtor, Liz Demkin of UFFCorp, Maplewood Lions Club, Prospect Church, Soma General Store Cooperative Pop-up Shop, Village Trattoria…for sponsorships so far!

We’re hoping that folks who wish to host a Yard Sail will send me the following.

I NEED ALL FOUR OF THESE BELOW MAILED TO [email protected] BY MAY 1.

  1. Your Name and address
  2. Your EMAIL ADDRESS
  3. A preliminary list of your items (categories are fine: Records, Women’s Clothing, etc)
  4. Any other info for drawing a crowd (Lemonade stand? Live music?)

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