The Ladies Board Rummage Sale

For two days, we volunteered for the 78th Annual INOVA Ladies Board Rummage Sale. This is the Mid-Atlantic’s biggest rummage sale, named the best charity event in Northern Virginia.



Located at the Morven Park Equestrian Center, we volunteered to help set up for the sale. My sister-in-law, Hazel, co-runs the "Holiday & Crafts" division, which happens to be housed in a mucked out horse barn. 


The weekend sale is a two-day event spanning more than 50,000 square feet all under cover! Stock up on gently used items such as furniture, clothing for the entire family, household items, small appliances and décor, a jam-packed holiday shop, tools, sports and exercise equipment, antiques and collectibles, gift items, jewelry, books, linens and draperies, toys, electronics and a Silent Auction.
I found some really cool things, while sorting. One of my favorites was this Calling Card holder with handwritten cards. By the beginning of the 19th century, the etiquette of calling was a firmly established ritual in society, and the calling card an essential part of introductions, invitations and visits. Calling cards evolved as a way for people to get into the elite social circle, and for those already there to keep out the unwanted. Calling cards could keep social aspirants at a distance until they could be properly screened.

These cards belonged to Walter M. Anderson. This is all I could find, after a brief search, about him. It seems his family has been around these parts for quite some time. This is a record of a home purchase (note the date), Abner Smith, heir at law of Joseph Smith Junior 20 Mar 1776, 25 acres on Great run ca 5 miles from Fauquier court House; adjoining Walter Anderson, Honbl George Wm Fairfax, thos Colson.
I delighted in this vintage book of thread from France. After nearly a century concentrated on printed textiles, Dollfus Mieg began eyeing expansion into other markets. In 1841, the company began production of sewing thread. Dollfus Mieg's threads gained in importance especially after the company bought the patent rights to a process called mercerization.
It was exciting to open boxes and discover what was within.
And how about these antique wooden shoemakers' molds.
The grooviest thing I found was this complete candle making kit from my childhood. I really dug this find. We will return on Sunday to participate in the 50% off sale and help clean everything up. It's been a lot of hard work and a whole lot of fun. This extremely profitable
sale benefits Inova Loudoun Hospital and The Ladies Board Nursing Scholarship Fund.


"Those who can, do.
Those who can do more, volunteer."

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3 comments:

Nesbit Library rocks! said...

Ok, how much did you spend (um, I mean contribute to this worthy cause)? Now you know how much fun I have at the Attic every week!

Cyndy Brown said...

OMG I wish I had been there...How fun! Cyndy

Karen Booth said...

What a fascinating variety of items. Did you also make candles from broken crayons as a child? What little treasures did you buy?

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