What a fun two days I have had taking a road trip with my friend Judy, visiting my Skaneateles family and going on to Ithaca to this amazing barn sale ! I discovered Flax clothes years ago and love them. They are generous cut flax linen clothes, usually in very muted colors. . . . rather classic in what my daughter calls “old hippie” clothing! well, you might ask, why don’t I just go to a store and buy what I want? Flax sells on-line and in small boutique stores so there is always a limited selection. And I hate to order on line and have to return things. I think I know my sizes now, but I am not telling ! Here are some pictures of the clothes, but I must confess there were few if any shoppers who looked like this! Ithaca is an hour from Skaneatles, and Judy had lived there when her husband was working for his PhD years ago at Cornell so she was the perfect traveling partner and she even helped with the driving. I have to admit, I am a good driver but maybe it is my Southern blood that I enjoy being driven….whenever possible.! My children call it “driving Miss Anne!” We had no idea what to expect but loved the clothes and were willing to explore. It was in empty space in a mall, and seemed to be several spaces. There was a policeman at the door. . . . . nice welcome. And the shoppers of all ages but mostly middle age and older, I have to admit literally digging into huge boxes labeled such as tops M or L . There were also directions on the walls and hanging from the ceiling. The sizes are Petite to 3X ! so something to all figure types. There was a fitting room, one giant open tent. Women were stripping and trying on their treasure. No modesty at all….it was all about the clothes. People would say…”That looks good” of say “nothing” …as you made your way to a mirror. I filled my great FAX bag that we received at the door , three times and tried and eliminated what didn’t work. Dress too short, pants too big etc until I was satisfied with the $124 treasures……2 dresses, one skirt and 2 tops….not bad. . . .Judy concentrated on tops and found quite a few. Even in the large room filled with boxes, clothes, shoppers and even a few men, women were undressing and trying on….it was quite an experience. The last time, I, too, was in the corner of the big room trying on, discarding or refilling the bag. BTW , the bag is awesome….perfect for India as are the clothes. Interestingly, Judy and I were on the same wave-link and were shopped out with treaures in our bag and ready to go at the same time. We had separated and shopped on our own. For us ….two hours did it! The check-0ut was snake lines like Disney Land, but pretty effecient. My casher told me that there was a volunteer who flew up from Florida to work the sale evrey year. Perfect year-round clothes for Florda. The volunteers work for money or clothes. I am pretty sure most wanted clothes. ( Prices ranged from $5 – $45. ) Photo of volunteers. . . . . We said goodbye to the policeman at the door as we left and he looked at our receipt. Being hungry, after that two hour exertion, Judy suggested Moosewood Restaurant in downtown. This is a very famous vegetarian restaurant started in the ’70s. The woman who started it has written many recipe books and they are on sale as well as bags and tee shirts. We both decided on Fritta, small salad and Orange Ginger iced tea…..lovely, filling, healthy meal. We gassed up the car and took a quick riding tour of the campus, which is beautiful with lovely architecture, and gorges and waterfalls. One of the many cookbooks for sale. Doesn’t this look like an architecture school? This is an images from public domain, as we were home by dark! Here is the information for the sale for today and tomorrow in case some of my readers are necessary. Happy Shopping. . . . .
FLAX Barn Sale April 25- April 27
Saturday April 26: 9am-5pm Sunday
April 27: 11am-3pm
2255 N. Triphammer Rd, Ithaca , NY 14850
check, cash, or credit card
Sizes petite – 3X
Neesh & Whitewash also available
All sales final
Wear a body suit and or tights (This is not mandatory. I didn’t, but it is just for modesty in trying on the clothes.)
Don’t come in Flax clothes
Leave jewelry and valuables at home.
Babysitters make shopping more enjoyable! 😎
Thank you Judy for being the perfect shopping /traveling friend, thank you Chris, Demone, Parker, and Violet for your hospitality, and thanks to FLAX for an awesome shopping experience !
Images from public domain
Only similar shopping experience I have had that compares to this is Filene’s Basement in Boston, Massachusetts.