Barnard's Annual Firemen's Tag Sale and Chicken Barbecue
Everyone has their favorite ways to celebrate the 4th of July weekend. In Barnard, VT, a favorite tradition is the Volunteer Fire Department's Tag Sale and Chicken Barbecue. Doors open at 10, and people line up early to get in the doors first to find all sorts of deals on things from furniture, to kitchen wares, to board games and books.
The New Fire Department and Emergency Services Building is going up rapidly!
Barbecue chicken lunch begins at 11am. The firemen cook up a tender chicken, and Barnard's Progressive club sells delicious baked goods for scholarships for Barnard youth. Grab some raffle tickets too, at $10 each. Not only is this always a great place to run into neighbors, it supports our volunteer fire crew, and the new Emergency Services Building. With a new building going up this year, every dollar helps!
Thrifty New Englanders take pride in putting nothing to waste, and making good use of what's already at hand. Half the fun is finding great deals on the things you needed or didn't even know you needed, and then the other half of the fun is running into friends and talking about the great deals you found! Everyone has their own tag sale strategy. Some may go to the outside of the town hall to get the first look at larger items, such as bikes or furniture, or they may go straight inside to get the best finds on smaller house goods. Regardless, there's something for everyone, and if your'e not in the market for anything, you can always support the cause by buying lunch and raffle tickets.
Shackleton Thomas Tent Sale at the Bridgewater Mill Mall
In this consumer culture, it seems more things are made to break, and corporations put more focus on creating profit than producing quality products for people. There are, however, still craftspeople and small companies producing products made to last; taking pride in the quality and treating employees well. Shackleton Thomas, down the road in Bridgewater is one such company. Husband and wife duo, Charles Shackleton and Miranda Thomas produce fine furniture and pottery. They take pride in preserving these crafts and employ and train many local craftspeople in the process. Some big changes are on the way, and they're clearing out inventory to make room for new goods, and offering discounts up to 75% off! In addition the showroom is 20% off the day of the sale.
A sneak preview of some inventory in the sale
While fine furniture is currently out of my budget, I've always appreciated Miranda Thomas' delicate pottery and would love to have a small piece in my collection. Both sales open at 10, so the question isn't which sale to go to, but.... which to hit first?
Miranda Thomas' clearance pottery