I know we just put the leftover Halloween candy up on the pantry shelf, and we haven’t even ordered the turkey yet for Thanksgiving, but that doesn’t mean it’s too early to think about all those holiday gifts you know you’ll need to get. If you’re someone who likes to plan ahead and avoid being in CVS at 4:00 on Christmas Eve buying whatever leftover gift sets they have, well, this will be a great weekend for you.
Maureen mentioned the Artisan’s Fair; I’m here to tell you about the Trinitarian Congregational Church’s 42nd Annual Antiques Fair, happening tomorrow and Saturday, Nov. 4 and 5, over at 54 Walden Street. This is very cool because it is one of the few antiques shows that are still happening, and it will be a great place to pick up one-of-a-kind gifts that you really can’t get anywhere else. It’s so popular with dealers that there’s a waiting list to get space at this show. That tells you something.
Whether you like china, glassware, decorative items, linens, there will be a wide variety of things to choose from. Think of it as recycling, or even repurposing. Some of our own local antiques people will be there as well, including some of the dealers from Thoreauly Antiques, as well as local dealer Bobbie Benson. And just in case you work up an appetite while shopping, there will be a plethora of great food to eat there, or take away for later. According to my friend Kathe, who is involved in this show, they’ll have homemade soups and sandwiches, baked goods, as well as homemade jellies, Victorian candies, fudge and scones. Seriously, I may go there just for the food – I really like homemade soups and fudge. OK, especially fudge.
But even if you’re not ready to shop for Christmas, I think it will be worth going over because this is also a fundraiser for some local, MetroWest and international charitable organizations. In fact, this show was born out of a charitable need 42 years ago, when a young man from India who was studying for the ministry needed to come here for lifesaving surgery. The church was approached to fund his travel and put him up for his long rehabilitation. A local family, the Demotts, decided to run an antiques sale to raise the money, and a tradition was born. Over the years the church has donated over a half million dollars solely of the money they collect in entrance fees and food sales. Pretty impressive.
Doors are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday, and admission is $8 for anyone 12 and older. Check the local paper for a $1.00 coupon off the entry fee. You can get more information and directions at their website, www.triconchurch.org.
More old stuff
For those of you into being green and recycling, the annual Fenn sports sale is also this weekend. I personally shudder at the thought of buying all new sporting equipment every year, just because my children refuse to stop growing. And it especially irks me to spend money on a great pair of hockey skates, only to have my kid outgrow them in about a week. So why not take advantage of someone else’s buying binge and buy stuff that’s been gently used?
The sale takes place at the Fenn School, 516 Monument Street, in the gym from 9 a.m. to noon. You can get there early for the best selection of used skates, skis, helmets, etc., or you can do what I usually do and show up near the end and pay rock-bottom prices. Yes, the selection won’t be there, but I did get a great pair of rollerblades one year for next to nothing.
Oh, and if you really like buying new, Hardy’s Ski Emporium will be on hand to sell you everything you need to hit the slopes. Which, based on last weekend, may be sooner than you think.