When the going gets tough, tenacious innkeepers get going, not only to clear out their own attics, but to help the community. The Inns at Montpelier, an association of nine bed and breakfasts in the vicinity of James Madison’s Montpelier home in Orange, VA, have announced a unique yard sale aimed to “clear the inns” of surplus items and benefit the local community at the same time.
On Saturday, August 1st from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM on the grounds of the Inn at Westwood Farm, many items the inns have amassed over the years will be available for sale. This is the public’s chance to purchase attic treasures at yard sale prices and help the local community. Portions of the proceeds benefit Orange County’s Habitat for Humanity, while entry to the sale will benefit the Love Outreach Food Pantry. B&Bs update their decor from time to time to freshen up their presentation and like most people, put the replaced items in storage. The list of items range from Oriental rugs to brand new six-panel solid wood doors. A partial listing includes kitchen tables, brass beds, china cabinets, rocking chairs, antique tables, coffee tables, light fixtures, brass lamps, flower vases, chandeliers, chairs, antique radios, dishes, glassware, new ceiling fans, kitchen prep tables, mirrors, many kitchen items, a wide variety of rugs, cookbooks and more. A percentage of the proceeds and any unsold items will be donated to the Orange County Habitat for Humanity, who just completed constructing their 24th house.
Just to share the wealth of the proceeds from the sale, all those attending are asked to bring a donation of one or more cans of food or $1.00 for the Love Outreach Food Pantry in Orange, an affiliate of the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. Sale goers are welcome to add to their donations of food and funds above the suggested amount.
“This is a win-win-win situation for everyone,” said Jay Billie, President of the Inns at Montpelier. “It benefits two great charities in our community, the inns get to clear out their attics, and the public has the opportunity to purchase unique items at a good price.” If you are in the area, or have friends or family near by in search of slightly used treasures, be sure to stop by the "Clear the Inns" Yard Sale on August 1.