or what I do when I am not working or farming …

Auction Finds

Posted by mobarger on Aug-29-2009

We went to an auction today in PA, ironically right across the street from the Orwell Fiber Museum we visited a few weeks ago. Although we went there specifically to look at a tractor and some other equipment, I walked away with some fibery goodness.

Yarn collection
Isn’t this funky yarn? I have about 10 large balls of it.

Yarn collection
It’s 10-ply of different yarns, different weights. Some are almost novelty-ish.

Crocheted rug
I think the owner crocheted rugs.

I also purchased for $25 (no pix yet!) a Kenmore 117.97 Rotary Sewing Machine in the most beautiful case. The case has 3 drawers with lots of built-in hidey holes. It also has 2 wings that provide a lot of workroom. It turns out it is missing its power cord and foot pedal but it could be these parts are easy to find. I hope. Regardless for $25 I was thinking I could buy a replacement machine and use the case.

Gary bought a cordless drill and a tree stand. :)

JP Coats spool cabinet
We were standing next to the family of the estate. Their father had passed away in May and they were cleaning out the house to sell. We heard some great stories like how their mom received a .410 Over Under instead of an engagement ring and ended up buying her own diamond. This spool cabinet stood in the Cole Store at the end of the street but stayed in the family. It is dated 1900. The family’s son bid on it against a very aggressive buyer. Turned out he was bidding for a cousin, and the price was more than she was ready to pay. Final selling price? $1300.

Seeing Green

Posted by mobarger on Mar-9-2009
Seeing Green

Seems I had green on the brain when I ordered yarn this day. This is my first order from Eat.Sleep.Knit. And I have to tell you, they are great. There is nothing like a store who rewards you for loyalty, although it typically makes me spend a little more.

Eat.Sleep.Knit club

ESK’s take on it is the Yarnathon. Yardage of yarn you buy is added up and rewards are given at certain milestones. With every order they include a scratch-off card where you can win other prizes. I got $5 off!

TLE Sock Club Feb 2009

The Loopy Ewe will always be my first stop though. And their sock club is amazing. TLE has an amazing selection and a rabid fan base. They reward customers based on how much money us spent, and $25 credit is granted for each $250 spent. And their website – especially as a custom app – is out of this world.

So I have added links to both stores to the blog. They will reward you with customer perks and great yarn.