Here at Charlestown residents donate items they no longer want to the Treasure Sale, which was started by a few residents who organized a lawn sale when Charlestown was new. That lawn sale grew into a major endeavor that generates hundreds of thousands of dollars for the Benevolent Care Fund, that provides for residents who outlive their financial resources. The whole enterprise is run by resident volunteers, who collect the donations, organize and store all the stuff, then staff the sales.
Four times a year the Conference Center here is filled to overflowing with every imaginable category of things for sale. Every month there are furniture sales, and this week there was a special women’s clothing-only sale. It was billed as a mini-women’s clothing sale. What, only sizes 2 and 4?
Unfortunately I did not take my camera with me, but I did take a blank check. For $22.00 I got two tops—one pure silk, the other embroidered and beaded, three pairs of cropped pants, five belts, a necklace, and earrings (separately):
an evening bag and a silk scarf.
The bag appears to be crocheted velvet yarn with gold metallic threads and beads. I wish you could see the colors of the beads. They are subtle earthy matte beads in bronze, pale mauve, darker mauve, and pale gray-green. Of course I am never going to use such a bag, but oh, what can I do with the beads, the border at the opening, even pieces of the crocheted velvet? And that scarf goes right into the stash, too. I may also take the necklace apart to use bits of it with stitching.
Here’s a closer look at the bag. Can you read the price tag?
By the way, I am making progress on my stitched improvisation. And I’ll show you my $1.00 embroidered and beaded blouse after it’s been washed. Stay tuned.