Geared Up For The Friends Plant Sale

by Josh on May 8, 2008 · 6 comments

in garden,Journal

After pouring over the sale catalog, considering our garden needs, and preparing my shopping list, I am finally ready for the Friends School Plant Sale tomorrow.

This will be my first year going to the sale on Friday, its opening day, so I’m expecting that the crowds and craziness I have experienced in past years will be amplified considerably from Saturdays of previous years. Recognizing that I’ll need every advantage I can get in these conditions, I have prepared what is easily my best Friends Sale rig to date.

Plant Sale Wagon

My first year at the sale, I just used a simple cardboard flat that I carried around in my arms the whole time. Brutal! Then, a year or two ago, I used a couple low crates tied to a furniture dolly. Because the dolly had swivel casters on all four corners, it never tracked in a straight line and was nearly impossible to maneuver through the aisles. This year I’m using the boys’ wagon, which I’ve accessorized with several bins that allow me to carry up to three layers of plants.

With my gear all set, I just need to get some sleep so I’ll be as ready to roll as the wagon is when it’s time to go to the sale tomorrow.

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nadja and sean May 9, 2008 at 12:11 pm

Great wagon!! I’m taking off work early to head there today! I was so excited last night I could hardly sleep! Crazy, I know.

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Sandy May 10, 2008 at 11:04 am

I like your wagon idea!

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fred@opc May 10, 2008 at 8:56 pm

My kids would look at that and see only hours of fun. Box-like objects on a wagon should not be used for plants, they would think. Hope the plant sales goes fantastic for you. We’re in the process of planning our garden now.

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Erik May 13, 2008 at 3:57 pm

My partner and I missed it, sadly. We were busy working on the bathroom of MY bungalow in North Minneapolis. Was it a fun time? What did you think of the first-day way of doing things? (I’ve always ended up going on the last, half-price day.)

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Josh May 14, 2008 at 5:27 pm

@Nadja and Sean: I didn’t lose any sleep over the sale, but like you my wife took the afternoon off work to be with the kids so I could hit the plant sale.

@Sandy and Fred: Thanks for the wagon props. You’re right about the kids’ reactions, Fred–it would be trouble on wheels.

@Erik: Going on the first day of the sale was great. Definitely the way to go. I just finished a new post about that experience here.

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