Sunday, April 25, 2010

TaG SaLe TrEaTs!

This Saturday turned out to be a wonderful day out with my friend Jeanne. The last Saturday in April is the annual Sheep and Wool Festival in Tolland, CT. Jeanne and I have been going to the Festival for the last few years. The morning was a bit chilly but the afternoon turned out to be gorgeous. Last year we froze our toes off! On our way, we stop at all of the tag sales in Vernon and Tolland. Two of the local churches have a huge tag sale as well as many of the neighborhoods. Jeanne and I scored BIG this year with BARGAINS! I found vintage sewing notions for $1.00, a mohair bunny puppet for $1.00 (looks like a Steiff, no label though), candle holders and vintage costume jewelry for $5.00, paper Halloween goodies for 50 cents and a singing cow for $5.00 (my big splurge). The singing cow will join his fellow crooners in the kitchen cabinet...yet another one of my collections! Jeanne found a thread spool holder for 25 cents ($8.00 retail), a few books for 50 cents, some frames for $1.00, a griddle for the stove top for $1.00 and a cast iron door stop for $1.00. SUCH BARGAINS! After the tag sales, we headed to the Festival. Jeanne is a textile "expert/fanatic". She starts with the fleece from a sheep or alpaca and works her magic all the way to spinning her own yarn! AMAZING! She knits, crochets and felts. Her favorite wool is from Cormo Sheep. It is SOOOOOOO soft. At the Festival she bought some Cormo wool roving to dye herself as well as some dyed teal colored and pink fiber. We walked around for a few hours, made some purchases and pet the sheep. Jeanne's so funny. She is so comfortable being around all the animals, she's a Dr Doolittle of sorts. To top off a perfect day, we had Rita's custard for lunch and Cinco de Mayo Mexican for dinner. YUMMY! Everything a Girl could want!

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