Our day began with lunch at the Aurora Inn. My friend Rhonda (pictured) and I sat outside, overlooking Cayuga Lake. Lunch was fabulous; I had a chicken, cucumber and dill salad on a lemon scone with homemade potato chips...never even got a photo because my mouth was watering! The girls in the back right were at M-C Barn Sale, in line, for 2 hours and left after hearing that it would be 2 more hours before they could enter!
The Inn has many rooms and this was a small pub downstairs, picturing the Inn years ago:
This was an outdoor dance area with beautiful views:
We arrived at M-C around 2:00 and were told that the wait was over 3 hours to enter and 1:45 to check out. It was about 85' and the line looked like this one way:
and looked like this at the end:
NO SALE is worth this to me, so we went into the store, shopped a bit and decided to go to Skaneateles Lake for some afternoon cocktails. We stopped at the Blue Water Grill for a drink, shopped some of the boutiques and then had another drink at the Sherwood Inn. A beautiful day, but no Barn Sale, and I was a bit disappointed!! The Saturday paper reported that 4000 people attended the sale on Friday!
I returned on Sunday at 9:00 am, parked in the first row, walked right in, and had a great time shopping! No lines, no crowds, plenty of Courtly Check and only a 5-10 minute check out time!
Here are only a few things I purchased:
Large Honeymoon Bowl (recently retired pattern):
Courtly Check bowls and luncheon plates to fit in my server:
Small teapot and flowers:
Tassels (bought a few different styles):
And some Christmas ornaments:
I can't show you the rest of the treasures I found because they are gifts! But I was pleased with what was left on the last day of the sale and what I purchased. There was only one thing I had on my list that wasn't available and I really didn't need it!
So, the moral of this story is simple:
Go on Sunday, early, and there are no lines, nobody pushing, no grouchy people, and still plenty to choose from (with additional discounts)!