Another October Adventure

This weekend, our person took us (Happy Hitty and me, Hitty Gracious) to the Loudoun Hospital Sale.

The big banner proclaims this to be the right place.

The big banner proclaims this to be the right place.


They don’t sell hospitals, or even things that belong in hospitals. Instead, it’s a giant rummage sale, held in big barns at Morven Park, grounds and historic home of former Virginia Governor Westmoreland Davis (1918-1922). Virginia is steeped in history, so there are lots of neat places. This sale is held annually, and this was its 70th year. We had heard about the sale and even had artifacts from it. Our closet, for example, came from the sale a couple of years ago. We had heard there would be a lot of people and were a bit nervous, but also excited.

The traffic was backed up from just outside of Leesburg through Lucketts, which is the first town south of the Maryland border. We just sat and waited. A drive that should have taken 20 minutes lasted about an hour.

Turn left here and keep on going - rummage sale this way

Turn left here and keep on going - rummage sale this way

When we finally arrived, we parked in a field, and Mr. George and Happy said it was about as far away as they had ever parked. Then we hiked back to the biggest barn where most of the stuff was. On the way, one of the parking helpers said it was the biggest crowd he’d ever seen. He looked old enough to have seen all 70 of the sales. Lots of older folk volunteer to help out the hospital with this event.

Fields of cars - acres of crazed shoppers

Fields of cars - acres of crazed shoppers

The first thing we did was buy Mr. George a suit. He had a nice coat but no pants. When we couldn’t find pants to match, Happy said they should just get the full suit. It’s a lovely gray pinstripe for which they paid the exorbitant price of $8. They actually bought so many things over the two days that we were there (yes, two days) that we can only recall some of the highlights.

Among the goodies were a neat Levitron, which is a magnetized toy for physics lovers. You spin a top on the plastic disk above the magnetized surface and then lift it slowly before removing the plastic disk. The top is supposed to stay spinning, levitating above the surface. Look ma – no hands. Well, it’s neat to try, anyway. These retail for $39.95, though Mr. George got his for $1. You can watch a demo on You Tube.

Some of our bigger prizes of the weekend were two Hewlett Packard 932 Deskjet color printers for $1 each, a nifty little electric singer sewing machine for $5, a pair of very handsome and sturdy wood chairs with padded seats and backs for $5, and a pair of 5.8 GHz phones for $1. There was so much more, but we couldn’t buy it all ourselves, so we needed the thousands of people who came too. And if people run out of money, there is even a portable ATM machine so they can stock up on cash.

Mobile ATM - When Mohammed can't go to the mountain, ...

Mobile ATM - When Mohammed can't go to the mountain, ...


Everything left at the end of the two days is hauled off by charity organizations. It’s neat to watch the fleet of trucks from Salvation Army, Goodwill, and other places come rolling in at the end of the last day.

One of our other adventures there was climbing a fabulous tree trunk. We could only imagine the tree, for it had been cut down some time ago, but the stump remains. It is enormous.

We were just passing by when someone said this looked like a great opportunity to get in a little climbing.

We were just passing by when someone said this looked like a great opportunity to get in a little climbing.


This was fun, though it was a lot harder than we thought.
We are really just beginning our assent here.

We are really just beginning our assent here.


Happy Hitty made better progress than I did.  I'm older.

Happy Hitty made better progress than I did. I'm older.


We were nearing the top, and I thought we might make it. But just then, we all looked up and there, at the top looking down with covetous eyes and small, greedy hands, stood a 3-year old girl whose mommy thought the tree stump would make a good picnic site. The girl looked a lot more interested in us than in her lunch. Happy scooped us up and popped up back in our velvet carry pouch and into her pack, quicker than the child could say “mommy look,” and we were on our way home.
We cowered a bit when we realized how close we had come to becoming child's play

We cowered a bit when we realized how close we had come to becoming child's play


Now we are back, safe and sound at home. But there were good things waiting for us here too. Halloween is definitely in the air.

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2 Responses to “Another October Adventure”

  1. Martha Says:

    I’ve never seen a traveling ATM before…anything to get us to part with our cash, eh? Sounds like lots of goodies were found at the fair. That tree stump is amazing. I am so glad the Hittys didn’t get more of an adventure than they bargained for, though!!

  2. Mercedes Says:

    Love this blog! I need to come visit Hitty, but don’t know if she blogs about visitors, since it isn’t a traveling adventure?

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