Wednesday, April 23, 2008

We wait in hope and live in mystery...

It hasn't snowed again; in fact, today there was quite a lot of melting. Every square foot of earth or pavement that is exposed by and to the sun accelerates the process. Thanks be to God.

Preparations for the spring rummage sale continue. The week started slowly -- people were afraid to venture out with their contributions -- but we have more than made up for it in the last 24 hours.

The question goes up, yet again: "WHERE does all this STUFF come from?" The answer is, in part -- from previous rummage sales!!! I am sure there are some of the more hideous bibelots that have been handed back in for resale twice a year ever since I came.

This year we have a serious marketing conundrum before us -- a MASSIVE collection of souvenir spoons (there is at least one "estate" in this spring's rummage)...how on earth do we price these???

The greatest hilarity arose this morning, though, when the crew were unpacking another box of "miscellaneous" and came on a compact full of birth-control pills. When the ribaldry had died down a bit, somebody suggested we divvy them up and use them to jazz up our house plants. This may be entirely folklore, but "the word" is that all that estrogen makes African Violets quite colossal...there is even a rumour that one lady got her hoya to bloom by means infusions of birth control pills. I'll keep you posted...

We have had beef minestrone, chicken/mushroom/wild rice soup, and (today) split pea soup with ham sausage (and lots of finely chopped vegetables). Tomorrow, as everybody has behaved nicely -- New England clam chowder.

Then on Saturday there is a LUNCH for all the sale-workers and clean-up crew...Often this is catered from outside. This year, we will cook it in house. I'm anticipating "short" pasta i.e. penne or rotini or some such...a choice of red sauce or white sauce...big leafy salad...bread...and ice cream for dessert. I think it will be collaboratively put together by the Rambler and one of the women in the parish... I have this unslaked desire to chop vegetables...

I'm thinking it's time, again, to try publishing a parish cookbook. We published quite a nice one in 1907, after all. It was one of the two earliest church cookbooks published here in Prairie Province...the "household hints" are priceless.

10 comments:

Auntie Knickers said...

If you do a cookbook let me know, I will buy one! If possible include at least a few recipes and hints from the 1907 version.

Crimson Rambler said...

well that was my thinking, too -- that we could have some nice "excerpts"...

more cows than people said...

isn't fun the stuff that gets found when preparing for a rummage sale? some very slinky lingerie (possibly found in the pocket of a man's jacket) kept our ladies rolling for days.

Crimson Rambler said...

A copy of "Ladies' Home Erotica" caused an awful lot of tee-hee-ing in the Book Department too, as I recall!

Jan said...

Strange things we hoard and suddenly "give" away! I need to do some of this and who knows what I'll find in the back of my over-full closets?

Diane said...

I'd love to see the Old cookbook :). And I think church cookbooks are the greatest. You should have a household hints section in the new one too.

SpookyRach said...

Any of the household hints suitable for sharing? Sounds like a fun week, all in all.

Jim said...

We had a book sale a couple of years back. The important thing is to keep the dealers from high-grading everything. Don't let them "set aside" books; you pick it up, you either put it back or pay for it. And feel free to put limits on numbers and to *not* give discounts!

The only book we did not offer was The Satanist's Bible by Levay. It was rejected on theological and literary grounds.

With the spoons, or anything else that looks of unusual worth, feel free to get them valued by a friendly appraiser, or even a pawn shop. Whatever they offer, you know it's worth more . . .

Crimson Rambler said...

I hear you on all counts. We have new rummage crew-members who have been plaguing local bookstores and antique shops for pricing advice all week. In fact they have toted books TO the booksellers and disposed of them that way...we also had a silver-plated flute, and one of those retro mink-stoles with the minks all biting each other...advantageously disposed of in advance as well!

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