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Wouldn't this look beautiful on your Thanksgiving table? This hand-turned cherry wood bowl has been beautifully crafted by Bill Carper of Carper's Wood Creations. It measures 10 inches wide and 9½ inches deep. The natural finish means it's not for use with liquids or hot foods. But it's perfect for apples, chips, or collectibles! Or as a gift for the upcoming holidays. Signed and dated The Empty Bowl 2020. Value $80.
If you've never tasted cupcakes made by local baker Sue Perkins, we feel sorry for you. But here's your chance. Sue has donated a gift certificate for a dozen of her fantastic creations, as beautiful as they are scrumptious. You get to select the flavor you want (perhaps chocolate, almond or pumpkin?) and determine when you want them. Believe us, these won't be the first dozen you order from Sue. (Note: This is not the Sue Perkins who previously hosted the Great British Bake Off, but our Sue could certainly do that job!). Value $20.
Need to add a splash of color to your foyer or a boring wall? The hand-loomed wool rug with an Indian motif measures 30 x 55 inches and comes to us from Colorado. We're just not sure where it was before then. But it's in perfect shape and shows no wear so it was likely treasured by previous caretakers. It could be part of your family heritage as well. Value $60.
No guest will get lost looking for your home when you display this towering wind spinner with multi-colored sails. Put it in the front yard as a landmark or in your back garden to confuse the birds or charm the wildlife. Easy to install (just stomp it into the ground) and incredibly stable. Measuring 7 feet tall and 2 feet in diameter, its swirly colors will mesmerize you and your guests. Value $100.
Susie Wilburn of Laughing Orange Studios in Toms Brook has long been one of our most popular potters in the soup bowl line-up (and remember her froggy soup spoons?). Unfortunately, this year she and her charming frogs are not able to participate. Yet we still can offer one of her signature creations: a tiny divided dish with her iconic frog and titled "My First Bowl." Perfect for a baby's little fingers or many other times when you need a segmented dish to serve nuts, olives, whatever. Value $80.
Need to grab your coffee really fast in the morning? This sturdy black metal mug tree will display your favorite mugs conveniently and attractively while enhancing any countertop or table. The two-tiered tree can hold eight mugs and has an upper basket for coffee k-cups or tea bags, along with condiments or accessories. Just think of the cupboard space you'll be saving. The tree can be free-standing or wall-mounted. Hardware for hanging is included. Mugs and accessories not included! Value $30.
This never-seeming-to-end pandemic has many of us doing things in the kitchen we never dreamed of attempting. Maybe this is the autumn you aspire to make genuine Boston Baked Beans. This is the pot you will need. With double handles and a lid, it measures 17 inches high and 20 across and holds three quarts of aromatic legumes. Hand-thrown by an anonymous Virginia potter, it comes with a recipe from a friend's mother in Marblehead, Massachusetts. As Ina Garten might say, how authentic is that? Value $75.
This painted canvas table runner, treated with gesso then varnished, is able to withstand daily use. It was designed and hand-painted by Woodstock artist Diane Gould and measures 47 inches long and 16 inches wide. The pine cone design is seasonal but not necessarily holiday-oriented, which means it can enhance your table throughout the long winter just ahead of us. The durable canvas runner is reminiscent of old-time floor cloths used as area rugs, which had their origin in 18th century England. Value $200.
For clarification, this is not a chair to be used at the sewing machine, but a chair made from a sewing machine. Local woodworker Kenn Nilsen of Shenandoah Second Wind lets no piece of wood go to waste. He's turned this old treadle machine into an imposing chair and taken other parts to make other items (see the table candelabra made from the machine's wheel.) The chair's frame is antique white oak taken from dismantled barns in the Valley. The seat cushion is removable and can be reupholstered to your taste. The chair measures 42 x 27; it's heavy but certainly moveable. Value $350.
Brighten up your winter wardrobe with this sterling silver pin in a Navajo-inspired design, featuring turquoise and a red coral chip inlay. Measuring 2 inches across, it would look fantastic on a sweater or a lapel. Like many of our auction items, it would make a great gift for someone during the holidays. Value $60.
Here's a highly desirable addition to anyone's collection of the well-known Longaberger baskets. Measuring 12 by 12 and 6 inches deep it's the perfect size for all sorts of functional or decorative uses. What's more, it's both signed by the weaver and dated 1983, which makes it well within the definition of a vintage item. If you're not yet a Longaberger collector, this is a good place to start. Value $45.
Calling all doting grandmothers, here is the perfect gift for that special little girl in your life. The exquisite doll, 17 inches high, was once part of someone's beloved doll collection. That woman is now of an age that she can part with it so that another little girl can dream of her life in toe shoes. Maybe we will all reminisce of that time when we thought we could do and be anything we wanted. And what's wrong with that? Value $30.