It’s a busy week for Ms. Cheap with two of my favorite sales on my weekend calendar. Plus, it is also flea market weekend at The Fairgrounds Nashville.

Stuff Galore

First up is the Ladies of Charity Stuff Galore sale that opens on Thursday and will be open three days a week through July 23.

I see it as a treasure hunt. Honestly, you never know what you will find at this popular sale, where dozens of Ladies of Charity members and friends donate all sorts of interesting things.

Based on previous years, you are sure to find gently used home decor, small furniture, art, lamps, linens, crystal and silver, garden items, jewelry, toys, books, sporting equipment, kitchenware and vintage treasures, all at tempting prices.

I’m told that this year’s sale also includes an old typewriter, lots of framed art, and garden plants that one of the members has been growing.

Organizers say they try to price most items at about 25% of the original retail prices and that they will replenish stock as the sale goes one. You should also know that there is a bake sale on opening weekend with delicious homemade goodies the members have whipped up.

The always well-merchandised Stuff Galore sale, which organizers describe as being more like an estate sale than a yard sale, takes place between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays at the Ladies of Charity shop at 2216 State St. through July 23. Proceeds go to support the Ladies of Charity programs that help the needy in Nashville.

It is good to know that whatever you buy benefits this Catholic ladies organization that has been helping Nashville’s needy for more than 110 years. The Stuff Galore sale was added about 12 years ago as an additional fundraiser for the organization, which is known for its longstanding seasonal consignment clothing sales.

The Ladies of Charity claims more than 400 members, and its mission is to “serve rather than be served.”

Trash & Treasures

I always look forward to the annual Trash & Treasures communitywide yard sale that takes place all around Cross Plains — population 1,714.

Always held the last Friday and Saturday of June — except in 2020 when COVID-19 canceled it — this unique two-day sale has been a Robertson County tradition for more than 30 years.

“It’s a homecoming/yard sale, and there are a lot of treasures and a little junk,” said Dan Green, whose Thomas Drug Store serves as ground zero for the sale and always features WSM’s Bill Cody broadcasting live from the drugstore porch.

Trash & Treasures has been described as a mixture of yard sale and flea market — and it truly is, with everything from socks to local honey, to fresh-picked vegetables, to baked goods, handmade bird houses and more.

“It is always interesting,” Green said. “Very few people leave empty-handed.”

Be aware that Trash & Treasures days start early in this laid-back Robertson County community that is just about 35 miles north of Nashville.

Wear your walking shoes because the sale includes dozens of Cross Plains residents and some outside vendors who set up their wares in grassy areas and in parking lots along the main highway and on Cross Plains side streets.

Be sure to stop in Thomas Drug Store, which has been in business since the 1930s.

Housed in a lovely National Register building constructed in 1915, Thomas operates as a modern pharmacy but doubles the pleasure with its nostalgic soda fountain, where I strongly suggest you enjoy an old-fashioned milkshake, hot fudge sundae, banana split or other ice cream treat.

A real-life Ms. Cheap option is the Thomas “hobo float,” which is a glass of water with a toothpick — and yes, it is free.

The 2022 Trash & Treasures sale is June 24-25 along Highway 25 in Cross Plains. From Nashville head north on Interstate 65 to Exit 112 and take Highway 25 for about 3 miles into Cross Plains.

For more information see visitcrossplains.com. Or call Thomas Drug Store at 615-654-3877 for more information. Or call Cross Plains City Hall at 615-654-2555.

Flea market

It is also flea market weekend at The Fairgrounds Nashville, with indoor and outdoor vendors ready for the “Slice of Summer Market” on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Merchandise includes antiques, yard art, socks, nursery stock, fresh vegetables, health and beauty items, rugs, knickknacks and jewelry. And of course, most of the vendors are willing to bargain with you, at least a little bit.

Admission to the flea market is free, but parking is $5.

This is my kind of weekend.

Mary Hance, who has four decades of journalism experience in the Nashville area, writes a weekly Ms. Cheap column. She also appears on Thursdays on “Talk of the Town” on NewsChannel 5. Reach her at mscheap@mainstreetmediatn.com and follow her on Facebook at facebook.com/mscheap.

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