The sale is set up early on Tuesday evening and there are usually a lot of vendors and buyers there on Tuesday. My daughter, Stephanie, asked me to go to the sale on Tuesday evening. It was a beautiful drive to Belleville. Before we got to the sale, we could see that there had been a heavy downpour. When we arrived at the sale, there were a few Amish selling produce and a few vendors open. Other vendors had their wares covered with tarps. Stephanie and I bought some wonderful produce. I bought fresh corn at 12 years for $2, a juicy cantaloupe, blueberries, plums, and tiny red potatoes. There are always yard sales on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in the area so Stephanie and I decided to look for yard sales on the way home. We stopped at two that did not have anything we wanted. Then we saw a cardboard sign that said, “Bargain Store.” The sign was at the bottom of a lane. We drove up the long lane and I saw the Bargain Store but it looked like it was closed. There was a sign on the door that said “Open. Come on in.” I went to the door and it opened so I told Stephanie to come in the store. At the time there was no one watching the store. Shortly, a young Amish woman with two little boys and one little girl entered the store. The boys had blonde hair in a “bowl” cut and the little girl’s hair was braided. They were all beautiful and dressed in typical Amish attire. The children were in their bare feet for the summer. The mother was obviously expecting a baby. The store was filled with a menagerie of things. There were dishes, glasses, crystal, toys, furniture, and all kinds of collectibles and just about anything you could imagine. The woman asked me if I thought the store was closed. I told her that I did since I did not see any lights. Stephanie and I perused the store and bought a variety of things. I spent a total of $11.36. As we were checking out, the woman engaged in conversation with us which is unusual since the Amish usually only talk to the “English” when necessary. I told her that it was nice that her children were so close together in age. She said it was good because they will help when they are older they could help. She also said that her children did not understand English because they were not yet in school. The woman added the cost my selections and when she gave me the total amount, I said, “On, my.” She asked, “Do you think that is too much?” I told her that I was surprised that it was so inexpensive. She told me that the store was only open for a few months and she is starting to get a lot of business. We said our good-byes and noted that we would be back.
When we got in the car Stephanie looked at me and said, “Mom, why did you say that you didn't see any lights on in the store. You know the Amish don’t have electricity.” So I put my foot in my mouth again. When we were in the store you could see as it was still light outside and the store had sky lights. On the way home we rode through Allensville where there are hanging baskets of gorgeous flowers on the utility poles and double antique washtubs filled with flowers in front of most of the houses. We passed fields where the Amish were working. We had a wonderful time. When we got home I unpacked my treasures and cleaned the produce.
These are a few of my purchases. I now have some of my Blue Willow collection displayed in my hutch. I think that I'm going to change it to mismatched China pieces. I'm not concerned about value. I just want pieces that I like.
This is the November 1954 edition of the Better Homes magazine.
Three of my grandchildren, Brooke, Wade, and Tyler are here today. I have meatballs in the crockpot so we'll have spaghetti and meatballs for lunch. Then Brooke, Wade, and I are going to the Historical Society to tag sale items. The annual auction is next Wednesday.