PTO to host town-wide garage sale Saturday

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POINT PLEASANT BEACH — The Point Pleasant Beach School District’s Parent Teacher Organization is excited and ready for this Saturday’s townwide garage sale spread throughout Point Beach, Bay Head and Mantoloking. 

After only three weeks to prepare, organizers say the town-wide sale has more than 42 participants.

Organizer Elizabeth McLoughlin is ready for the sale and hopes the community will come out to support the cause. 

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“We are ecstatic about how many people registered,” said Ms. McLoughlin. 

“This year, the town-wide garage sale is super important,” said Ms. McLoughlin. “There are very few fundraisers that can happen because of so many restrictions, so we felt that it was important to get this fundraiser out there.”

She said because the sale will be held mostly outdoors, the fundraiser gives the community a way to come out to support their district all while being safe and following social distancing and other requirements. 

The sale begins Saturday morning at 9 a.m. Sales will run until 3 p.m. that afternoon. 

The PTO will provide a map of participants, via a smartphone or computer, by posting a QR code on its Facebook page. 

“We are going to have some map QR codes located at Local Urban Kitchen and Round Dough with a Hole,” said Ms. McLoughlin. “So, hopefully, people stop in there and grab some coffee on their way.”

Map codes will also be available at Antrim Elementary School and Point Pleasant Beach High School today.

The PTO will be stationed at the high school football field parking lot with a trailer to sell its merchandise.

Ms. McLoughlin said the PTO will take sale registration all the way up until the sale.

“People can register through Friday, but late registrants may not make it onto the map,” she added.

The PTO will provide lawn signs to those registered, to mark houses who support the cause, a change from previous years balloon markers.

“People will be able to recognize a home as being a registered participant, somebody who supported our PTO,” said Ms. McLoughlin.

“I just know that anybody who’s supporting any type of school event or fundraiser this year, it’s a very big deal because there are very few things we can do,” Ms. McLoughlin said.

She said a book fair usually held at Antrim Elementary School was canceled because of safety concerns with COVID-19.

“You can’t have the kids being taken down to a different location and walking through, touching all the books,” she said. 

The more than $1,000 raised from the yard sale so far will go towards project graduation, a post-graduation celebration, as well as scholarship funds for seniors. 

“It should be a really exciting day,” said Ms. McLoughlin.

For more information, visit the PTO’s Facebook page at Facebook.com/ppbhspto.

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