Chester Town-Wide Tag Sale to Attract Hundreds

It's time again for the Chester Town-wide Tag Sale. Beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday, May 28, Memorial Day Weekend, individual residences and businesses having tag sales will be up and running throughout town. Each year the event attracts hundreds of visitors to Chester. Maps are available showing the location of all sales at individual residences and businesses throughout town.

Maps are distributed at the Town Center on the day of the event for $1. The event will be held rain or shine. This year the event is being organized by the Chester Republican Town Committee.

To be listed on the map, send $10 to the Chester RTC, 248 Middlesex Avenue, Chester, CT 06412, or visit the Century-21 office in Chester Center. You must be a Chester resident or business and your sale address must be in Chester to be listed on the map.

Proceeds from listing fees, map sales, and advertising on the map are used to promote the event throughout Connecticut, to pay for extra police duty during the event, and to benefit the Chester Republican Town Committee's general fund.

Last year, more than 70 individual residences and businesses were listed on the map and over 500 maps were distributed. We estimate that well over 1,000 buyers come to town that day.

The first such event of its kind in the Lower Connecticut River Valley, the Chester Town-wide Tag Sale was started by a group of Chester merchants in the mid-90's and was run by the Merchants for several years. In 2003, the Chester Historical Society took over the event and ran it for the next seven years. This will be the Chester Republican Town Committee's first year to organize the event and sign-ups are pouring in. Several other towns in the area now host similar events at other times of the year.

"The Chester Town-wide Tag Sale offers buyers a concentration of sales at one convenient destination, increasing the buyer's chances of finding that special piece that they just have to have. It's a great way to spend a day of fun and relaxation, and it affords professional dealers an efficient day of shopping to replenish their inventories," said Glenn Reyer, the event's prior organizer. "Chester residents and businesses who wish to have a sale get the benefit of traffic volume that is rarely seen in Chester. For less than the cost of a single classified ad, sellers see a flow of buyers that they could not hope to achieve on their own. And the town as a whole benefits by getting all the tag sales over with on one day."

When you're done or if you just need a break, please stop by any one of our six downtown restaurants for a cup of coffee, snack, or really nice lunch …or you can just continue shopping in the downtown shops.

For more information, contact Kris Seifert at (860) 526-8440 or kris.seifert@gmail.com.

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