Old Coots and Company have a lot of advice and wisdom to give in Ventnor City

VENTNOR, NJ — It might not be the best advice, but at least it’s free!

That’s the slogan for the Old Coots and Company Advisory Stand at Ventnor City Farmers Market. The group of seniors, who bill themselves as the Old Coots, meet every Friday morning to offer advice, answer questions or just talk.

Penni Starer founded the store with her husband six years ago.

“It just warms our hearts. You can’t put a price on (good advice),” she said. “They’re here week in and week out and have the opportunity to share their wisdom and their thoughts and they just get so much out of it.”

“They’re here when people come and they want to sit down and take a load off and just talk and listen,” Andrew Starer said. “Sometimes their advice is serious and sometimes as simple as what to eat at the market.”

The topics range from fear of school to the moving in of the mother-in-law to questions about starting a family.

Anyone can come to the tent for a chat or for advice. Sidney Stern, Old Coot for six years, likes to patrol the tent and ask questions. Marsha Galespie, 80, loves to sit in the tent and help people with their problems.

A true old coot, Janet Bodoff says, “We’ve had experiences they’ve yet to experience, and sometimes we can help point them in the right direction.”

Her friend Pat O’Brien is a new Old Coot and says: ‘For us it keeps us viable, keeps us young. The more you give, the more you get back, and now is the time to focus outside and just enjoy life.”

https://6abc.com/old-coots-advice-ventnor-farmers-market-senior-citizens/12216411/ Old Coots and Company have a lot of advice and wisdom to give in Ventnor City

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