Foxfield alternatives: Three Yard Sales and the Derby Dames

April 30th, 2011 · 1 Comment · By

So today is the annual Foxfield Races, which means that either you are a spoiled neo-aristocrat prepared to spend the day on your absolute worst behavior, or — more likely for readers of Nailgun, I would think — you are absolutely dreading the day made famous by it’s high incidents of blackout-drunk driving, openly condoned sexual harassment, and more disgusting displays of wealth and privilege than a Royal Wedding. So in that case, let me advise you that’s probably a bad idea to try to drive anywhere (especially West of town) or frequent any bars or restaurants today. Honestly, this shit is gonna be worse than Graduation weekend.

So what to do instead? Well, Spring seems to be in the air because there are no less than three big yard sales going on today (at first I thought they were all the same one until I check the addresses…)

Nailgun contributor Sarah Carr and prolific musician and t-shirt maker Thomas Dean are having one yard sale; if you know Sarah and Thomas, you’ll know they are avid thrifters who are always repurposing objects and helping them find a new home. I expect clothes, records, and plenty more; that sale is actually happening at the home of Adam Brock and Emma Rathbone (who may be contributing some items of their own) on the corner of Avon and Montrose. (the Yellow house on the Right, if you’re coming from Downtown)

I’ve also received word through the WTJU grapevine that Joel Jacobus (a former acquaintance of mine from when I worked for the Film Festival) is having his own yard sale, just a few blocks away on Hinton. He promises his sale will contain “At least a thousand books and records, Old floor lamps, a cd jukebox that holds 400 cds, chairs, furniture, inexplicable architectural bric-a-brac, and many things that I’ve forgotten that I own. The detritus of a reformed pack rat.  A large percentage of the items will be $1. And some won’t.  Classic books (Agatha Christie, Mark Twain, George Eliot, Faulkner, Steinbeck,etc), pop culture books (Star Wars, Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, Tolkien, etc), bizarre stuff (How To Train Your Chicken To Fly, etc), classic rock records (Beatles, Eric Clapton, Led Zepplin, Grateful Dead, Dylan, etc), jazz records (Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, etc), comedy records, movie soundtracks, blah blah blah.” That’s at 622 Hinton Ave.

Lastly there’s a yard sale happening at The Garage (on 1st St across from the Park); it remains to be seen whether they’ll have the best items, but they certainly have the best poster!

So that should be a fun way to spend the afternoon. All of those sales began at 9am this morning and will continue until 2-ish this afternoon…

But what about this evening? Well, the Charlottesville Derby Dames are having their first ever home-court bout; they’ll be competing against Charleston, WV’s “Chemical Valley Rollergirls” at the Charlottesville Ice Park (or whatever it’s called now) tonight from 6 to 10pm. Tickets are $10 at the door (it’s a benefit for the Virginia Discovery Museum).  I know several of the Rollergirls (if you’ve ever been to CLAW, you probably do too) and I’ve heard a lot about this over the past year, but this will be the first time I’ve had the chance to see them compete; should be really fun!

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  • 1 James // May 1, 2011 at 2:48 am

    scored some good stuff at the various yard sales… an ideal keyboard for circuit-bending, a nice spring shirt, a DVD copy of “Ed Wood,” a Klaus Schulze LP, Brad Fiedel’s original 1984 soundtrack for “Terminator,” a novelization of John Boorman’s “Zardoz” and a 1982 pocket sci-fi novel about Lando Calrissian(!) y’all get anything good?

    ended up crashing hard in the early evening and pretty much sleeping right through the Derby Dames thing, but I heard the tickets were close to selling out. how’d that go? I’m gonna have to catch one of the next ones for sure…