Dan’s Diary: Memorial Day Tent Sales, Tag Sales & Antiques
This is the weekend when you look around the house—perhaps for the first time since last fall—and start to notice that the guest room needs a new coverlet and that your iced tea glasses are looking worse for wear. Memorial Day is a time to get your house (and closet) in order for the sumer season, and this year (alas) the bargains at the tradtional tent sales are bound to be better than ever. Joan Osofsky has put up a tent outside Hammertown Barn‘s flagship in Pine Plains for her two-day sale on May 23 & 24. On Saturday from 8 - 9 AM, she is holding an early-bird buyers’ fundraiser for the Pine Plains Hose Company (and you write the $40 check directly to firemen.)
• The Pine Cone Hill sales are legendary as we reported last fall and feature all of Annie Selke’s products (photo), including Dash & Albert rugs. The sale runs May 21 - 25 from 10 AM - 4 PM at 55 Pittsfield Road (Route 7) in Lenox.
• If you always eye Tashas Polizzi‘s fabulous fleece creations at T.P Saddleblanket & Co. in downtown Great Barrington, now you can buy them at great discounts under the tent at Campo De’ Fiori in 1815 N. Main Street (Route 7) in Sheffield, which will be selling seconds and overstocks of house and garden accessories.
• Some people think Homeward Bound in Great Barrington has the best party-clothes in the Berkshires, along with stylish housewares and furniture. Some of it will now be reduced up to 70% from May 21 - 25 in the parking lot across from Kmart Plaza.
• Cypress Bathrobes makes sheets and towels for the world’s best hotels, including Porches in North Adams. They wlll be selling hotel quality linens under a tent behind the Great American Hot Dog & Hamburger Stand on South Main Street in Great Barrington on May 23 - 24 from 9 AM - 4 PM.
• Wild Birds Country Store (across from Guido’s in Great Barrington) will have birdfeeders, birdhouses, outdoor furniture and more at 30 - 70% off regular prices.
Getting to go inside the wonderfully restored Simon’s General Store in Ancram at the crossroads of Routes 82 and 7 is part of the fun of the Ancram Preservation Group annual Memorial Weekend Tag Sale on May 23 and 24; the special early-buying sale is Friday, May 22 from from 6 - 8 PM. WIne & Cheese will be served; $15 for members; $25 for non-members.
Although the 33rd annual Rhinebeck Antiques Fair is not about bargain shopping per se, it is one of the great country antiques fairs in our region at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds on Route 9, and it runs May 23 from 10 AM - 5 PM and Sunday from 11 AM - 4 PM, and it’s held entirely indoors so you can enjoy it even if the weather turns stormy.
Lynne Bragonier has put up a tent in front of her Agapanthus in Lakeville (right), and she has outdoor furniture (teak benches and chairs, all-weather wicker, metal garden tables, etc), lighting (Juliska and more) and dishes, glassware, table cloths and napkins.
And don’t forget to check out the flea market in Hillsdale on May 23.