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Style Shopping: Carolyne Roehm’s Big DeClutter

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Posted by: Marilyn Bethany
Posted on: Tuesday, July 05, 2011


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Rural Intelligence StyleWe don’t normally alert readers to tag sales, as, without actually vetting the merch in advance (impractical), it’s impossible to tell which ones are worthwhile.  But earlier this week, when style guru Carolyne Roehm, author of countless books, including At Home with Carolyne Roehm, sent us the e-mail below, we recalled her last tag sale in ‘08 and immediately cleared a space this weekend on our calendar.  Quite apart from an opportunity to acquire new trinkets for the table, the event itself promises to be a charmer—part garden party, part souk. Even though our hostess insists that this one will be modest in comparison to that (which was shot as a story for Veranda magazine), there will be a stand with lemonade and home-baked snacks, the proceeds from which will go to the Litchfield Women’s Support Services, as will a portion of overall till.   

Rural Intelligence Style Dear Friends,

Having just had a “milestone birthday” and embracing some of the ideas from the book, The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin, I decided to do more than clear a shelf or a closet. In my usual obsessive way, I tackled barns and attics, my studio, and the basement. Whilst I am not quite going zen in style (far from it), I am attempting to “declutter.”

This will not be the organized, “pretty” tag sale like the one I wrote about in Veranda Magazine a few years ago, but just your classic old fashioned yard sale, with a mix of things from garden hoses to some of my beloved ribbons and silk flowers.  It has been hard for me to give up some of those, but this is an exercise in editing.  There is a bit of everything.

If you are around the northwest corner of Connecticut, please stop by.


Carolyne Roehm

When we asked her if we could share the news with our readers, Carolyne added,

Rural Intelligence Style“In the book, Gretchen Rubin writes about how refreshing it is to have some empty shelves and closets. That really resonated with me.  Sometimes I feel as if I am drowning in all the accumulated stuff of endless projects.  Some of the things are good, some are so-so, and some are just regular tag sale ware, like too many mason jars and terra cotta pots.”

There will be cook books, as well as other paperbacks and hard cover books, videos, wrapping paper, ribbons, silk flowers, cards, gift tags, good paper and scribble paper, some old appliances, bric-a-brac, some silver plate and copper pieces, baskets, limited furniture, a few antiques, fabrics, buttons, some sewing supplies, silk curtains, table cloths and table skirts, linens, napkins, some table ware and decorative items, old candles, some wrought iron furniture.

That’s the beauty of tag sales—you never know what you’ll find.  If we’re lucky, we’ll nab some good stuff from Roehm’s real life, but, if history repeats itself (likely), we’ll return home with a car heavy with things that just look good, especially by candlelight—the detritus of one woman’s creative life becomes fodder for another’s. 

Carolyne Roehm’s Clearing Out the Attic Sale
58 Main Street, Sharon
July 9 & 10, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.