A Moment of Silence

If you’ve followed this blog for awhile now you will know that June usually brings the Annual Rummage Sale post (those are not to be missed ūüôā ) ¬†From those posts, you will know that I hate the rummage sale for a multitude of reasons. ¬†This year we had the brilliant idea that one sale was just not enough so we are in the middle of a clothing only sale this weekend. ¬†June will be saved for all the other treasures that are not for wearing. ¬†Due to day job responsibilities and a slight (but ever so annoying) head cold I did not make it up to the sale until this afternoon. ¬†As usual there was so much stuff!!!

When I got there they showed me an entire box of hand knit items to ask my opinion.  And, this my fiber friends, is where we must take a moment of silence for the lovely hand knits that were not lovingly tossed aside at the church rummage sale.

(***moment of silence***)

Now, what was in that box??? ¬†First, a Wiggle Wrap – made from Kauni in the rainbow and grey colorways (I almost stuffed that in my bag)!! ¬†I suffered endlessly through my Wiggle Wrap and never thought it would end and then gave it away as a Christmas gift. ¬†Second, a Modern Quilt Wrap made from Kidsilk Haze. ¬†I never personally made one of these but when I first starting going to knit night several of the ladies had paired up and were yarn sharing to make one. ¬†At first, I was kind of sad that I did not have a partner and was not partaking but after all the whining and moaning involved the making of the wrap I was happy that I did not get to join in. ¬†A few of my friends still cringe when they hear the words “kidsilk haze”. ¬†Anyway, it’s a beautiful wrap and super fuzzy with all that mohair. ¬†Next fun item was a Wingspan. ¬†I could not quite identify the yarn but it was definitely high quality. ¬†There was also another large wrap that was pretty basic and a couple of smaller shawls or shawlettes and a loose open cardigan tee that looked to be made out of a rayon/cotton/linen something. ¬†There were two small sweaters, one was definitely hand-knit and the other was probably hand-knit but it was hard to tell. ¬†Whoever wore them was very petite.

I will say that nothing will make you feel like more of a knitting nerd than standing at a rummage sale while people hold up hand knits and you identify the pattern and the yarn and then talk about the one you knit.  My friends asked why these ended up at the rummage sale and my only guess is that the poor knitter who belonged to the items had left this world and whoever was in charge of getting rid of things just threw these in with everything else without regard to their origins.  If this is the case, whoever had knit the items was knitting right up to the end because they were relatively new patterns and yarns and quite up to date in the knitting fashion world.

These hand knit items were lucky that my friends know and appreciate beautiful crafting. ¬†They had pulled them out and waited for an “expert” to arrive and assess. ¬†In the end, they will be used in raffle prize baskets and hopefully go on to live long and fruitful lives with new owners.

The Annual Rummage Sale Post

Yes, it’s that time of year – the annual church rummage sale. ¬†You can read all about my feelings regarding the rummage sale here in the post I wrote last year. ¬†Each rummage sale comes with it’s own special stories. ¬†This year’s begin the first night of sorting, Monday. ¬†I was told someone had dropped off a number of bags. ¬†It was clear this person had spent many years working the craft show circles. ¬†It was also clear it was the table of the weird crochet cozies. ¬†Each item we pulled out of those bags was stranger than the next. ¬†It was so sad. ¬†I had such mixed feelings. ¬†The items were so ugly but someone had really liked them and I know had spent a lot of time working on them but I’m just never going to need a Comet cozie, especially with the original can of Comet still in it… ¬†To help, here are some pictures of some of the more entertaining items.

There were also several needlepoint on plastic items and the last and most special items was this “candle” 20140602_204351 Yes, those are styrofoam egg carton. ¬†Clearly into upcycling before upcycling was a thing. ¬†With all of these crazy yarn craft I could hardly wait for the random bag of yarn. ¬†I worked the craft supply section on Monday night ¬†and did not find much. ¬†After that I got stuck in the Christmasland. ¬†We had so much Christmas stuff this year (well, actually just so much stuff this year…) that I never really made it out of there. ¬†On Wednesday night as we were getting ready to leave my friend said “oh, I have a bag of yarn for you”. ¬†And, so it had shown up… I held my breath and opened the bag and what to my great surprise do I see but 9 skeins of Cascade 220, an entire (unopened) bag containing 10 skeins of Debbie Bliss Glen, 3 skeins of random sock yarn and that’s just the “cheap stuff”. ¬†Also in this bag was a brand new (again unopened) MaggiKnits Trellis Scarf kit and 6 skeins of Zealana Tui yarn which I had never even heard of. ¬†Despite being beyond exhausted I took the bag and came home to immediately look up the Tui yarn because the price tag on it was really high, which it should be because it’s merino, cashmere and possum and made in New Zealand. ¬†Check it out – it is a beautiful yarn. ¬†Clearly the person that dropped of the bag had no idea how much all the yarn inside was worth and lucky for me and the yarn we found it before we set it out to the wolves and someone tried to talk us down from $1 to $0.50 for it. ¬†The yarn has a happy, yarn friendly home. ¬†I could hardly wait to cast it on because I had just the project for that merino! The actual sale went well and is finally over. ¬†We went out to dinner after we cleaned up everything today. ¬†I was talking about my socks that I have been knitting and my friends all decided those would be the crazy craft items that show up in a rummage sale 40 years from now. ¬†I certainly hope not – I might have to include the socks in my will now! ¬†I got home around 8:30 which is the earliest I’ve been home this week (I did take Thursday night off to go to my knitting group and show off my rummage sale finds…). ¬†I told my mom I was not leaving my house tomorrow as there are a number of things that need to be done. ¬†And then I said that I might need to run out for a pair of needles for a new project (for the yummy merino yarn!!). ¬†To which she suggested that I only pick projects that require needles I already have which sounded like complete crazy talk to me. ¬†I can’t limit myself to the tons of needles I already own!!

You say rummage, I say rubbish!

When one travels with church groups one must partake in many, many fundraisers. ¬†This year we are taking a group of youth and young adults to Rome, Assisi and Lourdes. ¬†We leave July 1st (which is coming up really fast). ¬†This weekend is the rummage sale, my least favorite (and that’s saying a lot) fundraiser.

In general I am not a pack rat and I often purge my stuff because I hate it sitting around my house mocking me for not using it. ¬†I don’t shop garage sales, flea markets, or rummage sales. ¬†Not because I don’t want a good deal but because I hate sorting through other people’s toss aways. ¬†This is not to say I don’t have enough yarn to open a small store in my house but that’s yarn and it doesn’t count.

Setting up for the rummage sale it so depressing and overwhelming. ¬†On the yarn front there is always, every year, a plastic bag filled of acrylic yarn from the 1970’s that makes it way to the sale. ¬†I can barely touch it and usually someone offers it to me and I have to somehow politely decline. ¬†Last year there was a bag that had all the pieces to a sweater that had never been sewn together and one of the sleeves was still on a needle. ¬†Clearly whoever had brought that up had not gone through the bag. ¬†Note, it was out of awful, cheap acrylic.

It is just amazing how much stuff we humans consume.  And what happens to all the stuff at the end of the sale?  We donate it somewhere else but does it ever end up in one place or is it constantly being transported around to different sales and charities?  These are the things I wonder at the rummage sale, I know I think way too much!

One of my other favorite parts of the rummage sale is when someone who has donated an item comes up to find out how much we priced it for and/or to see if it is sold yet. ¬†That happened at our sneak preview tonight. ¬†A lady had been wandering all around and finally came over and asked if the box of glasses she had donated had already been sold. ¬†She was elated to find out one of the children’s program at church had taken them to use in one of their activities. ¬†Too bad it doesn’t always end this well.

When I’m on a purge kick I do a lot of sorting and really think about whether someone would want or could use what I’m getting rid of and if I think it’s lived a long life I toss it. ¬†I’m apparently somewhat alone in that. ¬†It has become clear over the years that people just dump entire drawers, boxes, attics into bags and drop them off at church. ¬†I should have kept a list over the years of all the weird things we have found. ¬†Yesterday my Mom came up and helped price the holiday items and was equally amazed at what people donated. ¬†There are some really, really ugly holiday decorations out there!

There is also the rummage sale shoppers.  They are a special bunch.  This is clearly a hobby or way of life for these people.  The enjoy the sport of haggling.  And I have no idea what they do with all the junk they buy at our sale.

I know the saying “one person’s trash is another person’s treasure” but I have a hard time with that every year at the rummage sale. ¬†So, let the fun begin!