Special map will lead bargain hunters to all tag sale sites
By Michael Turton
The entire community and visitors to Philipstown are invited to go saling together on the first Saturday in October. Tag saling that is. The Cold Spring Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its “Town-Wide Tag Sale,” a new event for the business-oriented organization, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5.
According to Chamber President Debbi Milner, the goal is not only to help residents sell off practical goods and forgotten treasures – but to also attract visitors to the area. “The hope is that we’ll bring in people from many other areas – and that they’ll shop while they’re here,” she said.
Vice president Alison Anthoine agrees that it’s a worthwhile venture. “It’s a fun, community thing. People like to clean things up with tag sales in the spring – why not in the fall as well?”
It seems there is precedent for communities using the tag sale theme to draw a crowd. “Fishkill and Tivoli run very successful tag sales,” Milner said. “The Tivoli sale even draws people from as far away as Canada.”
The premise is pretty simple. Residents of Philipstown, including Cold Spring, Nelsonville and Garrison, organize a tag sale at their own home or business, and register in order to be promoted as part of the Town-Wide Tag Sale. Deadline for registration is Monday, Sept. 23. Call Cold Spring Area Chamber of Commerce at 845-265-3200 or visit explorecoldspringny.com to register.
The registration fee is $20 and includes placement on a special Town-Wide Tag Sale map that will direct people to all tag sale sites. Maps will be available at Vera’s Farm Market, 3091 Route 9, Cold Spring; Carla Goldberg Studios, 63 Pine St., Nelsonville; Garrison Café, 1135 Route 9D, Garrison; and the Chamber of Commerce Information Booth at the foot of Main Street, Cold Spring. The map can also be viewed and printed from the Chamber’s website and Facebook page.
Everyone who registers as part of the Town-Wide Tag Sale will also receive a two-sided, 18 x 24 lawn sign, with additional signs available for $5. Participants will also benefit from extensive Town-Wide Tag Sale publicity – including placement on numerous event calendars, websites and cable television.
“For $20 – being included on the map, getting the lawn sign, benefitting from all the publicity and having free pickup of leftover items – it’s a really good deal,” Milner said.
The Purple Heart Veterans organization is partnering with the Chamber of Commerce and will go to each registered Town-Wide Tag Sale location on Monday, Oct. 7, to pick up acceptable, unsold items.
Businesses and non-profit organizations are also encouraged to host a tag sale. In Cold Spring, The Country Goose, The Gift Hut and the Ladies Auxiliary of the Cold Spring Fire Company are early registrants.
The rain date for the Town-Wide Tag Sale is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6.