It's a BIG deal. All you MacKenzie-Childs fans out there know! 10 Fitch is just 20 minutes from The MacKenzie-Childs shop & farmhouse located in Aurora NY. For several years, while Pleasant Rowland owned the company, they had no barn sales. Rowland, a Wells College graduate, purchased MacKenzie-Cilds out of bankruptcy in 2001, and sold MacKenzie-Cilds (which I will refer to as MC from here on out in this post) to Twin Lakes Capital in May of '08. Shortly after the company announced they were having a barn sale, which took place over two days in July. It caused quite a frenzy and people came from all over the country in hopes of finding some wonderful treasure at bargain basement prices. It was like rock concert, people came and camped out at MC the night before so they could be the first in line. I was told that a couple came with a big truck, and I mean BIG, and bought every single planter they had.
Mom & I were not able to go first thing Friday morning. We were busy serving up a wonderful breakfast to our guests. But, after they all left for the day we did venture over and boy were we surprised! The line to get into the barn was so long some people said it would be 6 hours before we made it in! It was very hot and sunny that day so we didn't last long, maybe 45 minutes and then we decided to leave the line and go inside the shop and poke around there a while. When we came out the line had gone down so much that we decided to get back in! We eventually did get inside the barn and did find some treasure, including white wine glasses and really cute beaded butterfly napkin rings.
Anyone who has been to 10 Fitch knows that we have mixed antiques & modern furnishings with MC here. The truth is that when we bought 10 Fitch 2 years ago I had never even heard of MacKenzie-Childs. In fact, MacKenzie-Childs was listed on the exclusion list of the items that did not go with the sale of this property and I thought it was some small collectible item like thimbles or spoons or something. I had no idea that were were talking about furniture, lamps, table & cookware and dozens of knobs that were on furniture and being used to hang artwork from on the walls.
Now I know :)
So, I'm pretty excited that there is another barn sale! Woo Hoo! This Friday, June 12 - Sunday, June 14 2009, from 8am-6pm. 50%-80% off!