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Archive for December, 2008

Be thrifty, part two

picture-145 I was so pleased with my pants purchase that I went over to 65 Roses, a nonprofit thrift store in Grantham in the Rum Brook plaza on Route 10. This store has been around for a year, and has a different twist – proceeds are donated to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. There are women’s clothes and kids’ clothing, but there’s also a large selection of men’s clothing (including ties, belts and suits); housewares, such as dishes and kitchen appliances; furniture, which goes VERY quickly; and books! A whole library of books! picture-139 Every so often, the shop has a $5 bag sale – everything you can fit into one bag for $5! Watch for the sign on Route 10. You’ll fill a bag in .02 seconds. picture-136

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Be thrifty

picture-023 Kids growing so fast that you can’t keep them in clothes that fit? Check out Closet Treasures, a new consignment shop in Grantham. There are racks and racks of gently used clothing for women and kids of all ages. (Sorry, guys, you’ll have to shop elsewhere!) My daughter had a pant shortage, and I found two pairs of pink pants (one with a belt with sparkles on it) – both with the tags still on! I paid…drum roll, please…$12. I know there are some moms drooling out there! So clean out the closets, put the clothes still in good shape (no stains, no tears, no pills) in a bag, and bring them in to consign. Just think, you’ll be making some money, so it’s okay to spend a few dollars while you are there! picture-027

New home for 14 Carrots

It’s official: 14 Carrots Natural Food Co-op has a new home! They’ve moved the shop from the New London Shopping Center to 52 Newport Road. You might remember the brown building – a photographer studio used to be there? Anyway, the building is completely renovated, and products are up on the shelves. I missed the open house on Monday, December 8, but I was there on December 2 (the first day they opened their doors in the new location).

It’s a nice, bright store with more sunlight (thanks to windows on all sides of the building) and colorful painted walls in shades of orange and yellow. The right side of the shop is full of organic beauty products (my favorite) and the left side is food products, including a well-marked gluten free section. You can also pick up a healthy lunch – soups, salads and sandwiches. (And who can resist a bag of organic cheese doodles on your way to the register?) There are some changes: food items aren’t made on site (but they are made locally in Newbury) and I’m still not convinced that the parking lot is big enough (it looks like 10 cars could fit, maximum). But I am very happy to have one of my favorite stores back open again!

Local authors

picture-007 I was in hog heaven this Sunday. I went to the Wilmot Public Library and met some of my children’s favorite people: Rosanna Dude, David Elliott, Mary Lyn Ray, Rick Libbey, True Kelley and Mary Kuechenmeister. Not that my kids know all these folks, but we do read their books! Sunday was the First Annual Children’s Book Authors and Illustrators Fair. I brought all the books I could find in our house – although I was bummed that I forgot Christmas Farm by Mary Lyn Ray – and got them signed. Then I bought more books, including True Kelley’s new book, The Dog Who Saved Santa, and Jeremy Cabbage by David Elliott. So we spent a bit less at the grocery store this week, but it was totally worth it.

It will be easy to buy local this holiday season. For the record Rosanna Dude is from Wilmot, David Elliott and True Kelley from Warner, Mary Lyn Ray from Danbury, Rick Libbey from Andover, and Mary Kuechenmeister from New London. Just ask for their books at MainStreet BookEnds in Warner or Morgan Hill Bookstore in New London.    picture-005

Does anyone know this graffiti artist?

picture-016 Every Monday I take my son to pottery class in Sutton, and every Monday I drive under the Interstate bridge. If you know Sutton, you know what I’m talking about – the four scenes (winter, spring, summer and fall) painted on the concrete underneath the overpass. I’d love to know the story behind them. If someone has the scoop, please e-mail me at info@kearsargedirectory.com. Thanks! picture-019

Holiday wreaths

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Not feeling the holiday spirit just yet? Get yourself to Springledge Farm in New London. Walk to the front door of the farm stand and surround yourself with the smell of pine. Ogle wreaths of all sizes and shapes. Then take a stroll through the Christmas trees underneath the holiday lights. There. You’ll be thinking Christmas now. (It’s not just the smell of pine – the juxtaposition of red ribbons on green boughs are intoxicating, too.) I was particularly impressed with Springledge’s specialty tapestry wreaths – a unique combination of balsam, cedar, juniper and white pine boughs layered with ilex berries and another berry I didn’t recognize. They are shipped around the world, if you’re so inclined, but I’m tempted to keep mine at home. A 16-inch single face tapestry wreath is $39.50. Learn more at http://www.springledgefarm.com

Kearsarge Market

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picture-0052 Never fear – you’ll still be able to get fresh, locally grown vegetables in December. The Kearsarge Market, located at Brookside on 51 East Main Street in Warner, is open this winter on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. My mom and I stopped by one Saturday to find naturally grown meat from Webster Ridge (www.websterridge.com) custom art quilts from Mary Will Sussman (www.marywillsussman.com), Cosmic Candles (www.cosmic-candles.com), and dip mixes and gift baskets from Dancing Hill Farm, to name a few. A few local farmers have green houses, so the folks organizing the market are looking forward to cherry tomatoes this winter. I thought it might be a nice place to pick up a hostess gift, a fresh baked goodie for a family gathering or local art for yourself. Mark your calendar for a trip to Warner one Saturday morning; you’ll enjoy the market! picture-011