Out & About: Plainfield’s Attic Shop Is a Gem for Bargain Hunters to Visit

Valley News Calendar Editor
Thursday, August 02, 2018

Bargain hunters, rejoice! This is the perfect time of year for you.

Well, if I’m being perfectly honest, every weekend in the Upper Valley has the potential to be a paradise for bargain hunters. In addition to myriad rummage sales, there are also seasonal shops that support nonprofit organizations.

The Attic Shop in Plainfield is one such place that I surely need to visit more often. It is located at Blow-Me-Down Grange Hall, 1107 Route 12A, and is open from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturdays through Dec. 1. Proceeds from the sale of antiques, tools, jewelry, gently used clothing, glassware, furniture, toys and other items support the grange and community programs.

“We have donors give us some wonderful things,” said Merylene Simonds, president of the grange. The Attic Shop has been open for seven years. “It takes care of daily expenses like the lights. We are able to put some toward our heat.”

It is a delightful place to visit and spend time browsing. Currently, they have an abundance of glassware and teacups, which can be difficult to sell.

But in the spirit of reuse and recycle, Simonds encourages people to use them as a basis for art projects, perhaps painting glasses or mirrors.

Or, if someone is baking for a friend, instead of using a paper or plastic plate, they can use a glass one and have it be part of the gift.

“They could get a very nice dish for a $1 or $1.50,” Simonds said. “People even have said that they think it’s been a good thing that we’re doing which makes it nice and keeps our grange active.”

This Friday, the grange is hosting its annual Very Berry Social from 5-:6:30 p.m. It’s a social gathering that also celebrates the fruit that grows in the region. Admission is $6.

“There’s usually strawberry shortcake and pies and blueberry cobbler,” Simonds said. “It’s what anyone is making in the group.”

The grange has 32 active members and are looking for new recruits.

“We’re kind of struggling in the working membership department,” Simonds said. “But that’s so true in so many organizations.”

She’s right: It’s a common theme that I have heard from many community nonprofit organizations. I cannot speak for my peers, but I know it can be difficult to manage working full time with other commitments.

“Younger people are so busy now with their families,” Simonds said. “They just don’t have time. I can see why they don’t have time for organizations.”

But it’s time we should try to find, even if it’s only a of couple hours each month. Blow-Me-Down Grange has existed for well over a century and been a constant in generations for families in Plainfield and beyond. It’s an important organization to keep going.

“We definitely are family oriented and community oriented,” Simonds said. “Our roast beef supper in October is always a sellout.”

It’s an organization worth supporting and you can start by visiting the Attic Shop on a Saturday afternoon.

Lyme’s Bargain Barn on the Lyme Common at 1 Dorchester Road is another nonprofit shop that’s worthy of an afternoon spent browsing good used clothing, household items, linens, jewelry, accessories and more. It’s open from 1:30-4:30 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturdays through Sept. 1. The seasonal shop is sponsored by the Lyme Congregational Church Women’s Fellowship. and proceeds benefit area nonprofit organizations.

Editor’s note: For more information about the Attic Shop and the Blow-Me-Down Grange, call Simonds at 603-448-0773. To learn more about the Bargain Barn, call 603-795-4119. Liz Sauchelli can be reached at esauchelli@vnews.com or 603-727-3221.