Beaux R'eves

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Nell Hill's Tent Sale

Yesterday was the annual Nell Hill's Tent Sale 
at the Briarcliff location.  My girlfriend and I went last year but by the time we got inside the tent we were disappointed that everything was picked over and there was hardly anything left.  So, we plotted to be there earlier this year.  She picked me up at 7:00am and we took off with a short detour to Starbucks first (Hey, it WAS 7:00 in the morning!).
Here's the line when we got there...
The tent is where the big trucks are parked and the line wrapped all the way around the tent to the left.  
Sigh!  Oh well!  
Here's my Starbucks cup holding my place in line.  You can see that people literally camp out and wait for the sale to start.  One lady that I met as I was paying said that she and her friends got there at 3:45am.  WOW!!!  
Mary Carol Garrity came out to talk to everyone in line.  She told us not to be discouraged that a lot of people just grab things and then decide not to buy them and they put the merchandise back.  We'll see...  She is such a doll though and always so personable with everyone.  We met a lot of fun people in line and talked the whole time during our wait.  
It's best to bring a box or bags to put your things in while you shop.  It is very crowded inside the tent and hard to get around the aisles.  This lady has the right idea!  She is pushing a laundry cart!  Or maybe it is wash day and she had some sorting to do while she waited in line.  
Ohhhh, they are letting people in now.  I hope there is something left by the time we get there.  
At the other end of the sale people put their loot on tarps to look it over before they buy it.  You have to guard it closely or it may end up in someone else's hands!  
 This was all I managed to find:  Two stakes that go into urns that were $4.00 (someone had actually put them back), A pretty blue plate for $2.00, some burlap reindeer ribbon, the whole bag was $10.00, three tiny trees wrapped in burlap at $1.00 each, and a package of fall leaves for $3.00. 
 Very disappointing.  
We strolled inside to take a look around since we were there.  My girlfriend's daughter was with us so we focused on researching items for her bedroom.  
Cute chalkboard frame...
Love the shape of this lamp and the black shade...

And how wonderful would it be to dine out under the stars with these beautiful paper lanterns?

  All in all it was a fun day.  
Will I go next year? 

I don't know...

Until Next Time,
Beaux R'eves,
XO Cindy

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Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Oh, what fun and cute picture of you both. That ribbon will be so fun to use at Christmas.

Anonymous said...

They must sell good stuff for people to line up that early!

Lori said...

Never heard of Nell Hill's. But must be very popular where you are. Hmmm, next sale I would have to think about it.

reFresh reStyle said...

I can see that this is a place I'd love! But we'd have to camp out ;)

Brenda Pruitt said...

I think that's too much of a crowd for me. I love that chalkboard.

Anonymous said...

Your items are wonderful! The prices were amazing! I can see why one would line up early! I know you enjoyed this sale!

Anonymous said...

That would be a fun day there.
Love those Lanterns. Cute pic of you and your friend. Probably lots of good finds there. Have a good summer.

Judy Biggerstaff said...

Too bad you didn't find the perfect item but at least you had fun.

Sue said...

I used to live in the KC area and went to Nell Hill's lots! Her Briarcliff store was new when I left and I never went to the tent sale. It looks crazy!
Thanks for sharing.

thistlewoodfarm said...

Oh....I wish I had those forms that go in pots. Perfect for my topiaries. And that reindeer ribbon! Seriously!

Have a blessed and wonderful day!

dee dee said...

A sale and a day with a good friend (and Starbucks) what could be better!
dee dee

Eclectically Vintage said...

I go to a similar sale that's held twice a year. I get there early and the line is ridiculous! The worst part, each tent has a separate line (and there are about 25 tents)!

Looks like you snagged a few goodies though. Next year, 2 am and extra Starbucks!

Kim @ French Country Antiques said...

I love all of Mary Carol's books. It would be a treat to visit one of her shops!

Unknown said...

Such a nice and huge tent you show on your blog. The company who manufacture this tent should have the huge area for Tent Manufacturing.

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