Down-sized yard sale has its up side

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Members of the Stockton Speech and Hearing Club from left are program director Amy Hadley of Galloway, Gabrielle May of Elmer, Tim Adamcik of Westfield, Kristina Sabado of Blackwood, Lawton Morro of Brielle, Toknwa Riddick of Pleasantville, Francesca Higgins and Haley Attanasi, both of Hammonton.

GALLOWAY – The number of tables at Royal Suites Healthcare and Rehabilitation’s community yard sale Saturday, Oct. 6 was down – but nobody seemed to care.

“We had 70 tables vs. 118 in the springtime,” said Diane Conover, director of sales and marketing at Royal Suites. “It was smaller than usual – but the crowd was still very good.”

Conover, who is also a registered nurse, said there were fewer vendors because there were a lot of things going on Saturday.

“There were a number of festivals,” she said. “There was Oktoberfest at Smithville.”

Not a problem for Royal Suites, which doesn’t look to make money on the yard sales.

“The people who needed to make money were happy,” Conover said. “And Family Services picked up items that people left, so they were very happy.”

Some groups use the yard sales to fundraise for specific purposes.

The Stockton Speech and Hearing Club is one of them.

Amy Hadley of Galloway is director of the communications disorders program at Richard Stockton College, just down the road from Royal Suites.

“We were fundraising for students to attend the annual Speech Language Hearing Association meeting in Atlanta,” Hadley said. “It’s in mid-November so the timing is very good.”

She said the group is active in the community on a regular basis.

“We have a new speech and hearing clinic at 10 W. Jimmie Leeds Road,” Hadley said. “It’s near Clayton Self Storage by the Garden State Parkway entrance.”

The off-campus location has helped increase the number of clients.

“We have expanded clinical facilities and hearing testing facilities,” Hadley said. “People can call for (609) 652- 4920 for appointments or information.”

She said the cost would be less than a private clinic and arrangements can be made for people who are unable to afford the tests. Royal Suites yard sale overflows the front of the rehabilitation center.

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