As advertised (see my previous post) Brian, Knitting Group Sue and I embarked for the Barn Yarn Sale Saturday morning. A former Local Yarn Shoppe owner was destashing from her basement. Brian remarked that it might not be so bad to have had a yarn store and go out of business because you end up with the greatest stash of all time. Arguably, this woman totally had it and then some. And destashed for charity! All of her proceeds went to help build a school for children with autism.
We drove into the far reaches of New Jersey, sweating the whole way as we realized all of the good bargains might be gone by the time we got there. At 10:30 we finally pulled into the parking lot of a spectacularly green farm. Just magnificent, really.
Brian's excitement was so great he had to keep his eyes closed.
There were many cars parked, which led us to believe the great bargains were already gone.
However, the real magic was not outside on the tables, but inside the house. So, really it wasn't a Barn Yarn Sale at all, it was actually a dining room yarn sale. Go figure.
Look at all of that Koigu!
It was really difficult to choose from the great things for sale. A lot of cashmere, fancy merino blends, etc...
And, to be honest, the true magic wasn't just in the deals it was the sheer variety and quantity of Out of Business LYS things available. The volume of things for sale was astronomical!
Novelty yarns coming every which way!
A mega ton of sock yarn.
Mini skeins of Koigu that totally delighted me, though I could find no practical use.
There was knitting paraphanalia everyhwhere you looked.
And an entire dresser full of knitting magazines from the last five years.
I developed a serious crush on this French Angora on the cone.
It was $200 for the cone. I decided to adopt an Angora Rabbit sometime in my life instead.
She even had partially knit kits available!
And, for the seriously lazy knitters, some FO*s!!!
Ultimately, I got some great deals but came out mostly unscathed. Like yarn, I also have a thing for collecting totebags and got a super cute one for $2 and a super cute picture for my chicken themed kitchen.
My favorite bargain is something I never would have been able to get for such a deal anywhere else. You know that glittery type of string you can thread along your knitting to give it an extra bit of glitz? This is just up my alley, and yes, I already have a skein of it at home. Well, I got a whole freaking bag of those skeins and for the sum total of $10!!!!
The pink is my favorite.
I got two skeins of blue koigu for socks and a random skein of Cascade something or other that was too sumptuous to pass up.
Brian scored some nice merinos and a bag of Rowan tweed.
This is only the second time in our friendship I have spent less on yarn than Brian has. Technically I spent more at Knitting Nation two weeks ago, but half of what I spent was on Brian's birthday present.
However, the greatest moment of the day was when all of Sue's wheeling and dealing paid off and she got 52 skeins of great wool for felting for $3 a skein! It is single ply and bulky so it felts up really well. I jokingly asked the woman if she would throw in the storage bin and she did!
Ironically enough, Sue began our trip by telling us she didn't have a stash... What a way to start!!!!