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A first-timer’s guide to the Barn Sale

A first-timer’s guide to the Barn Sale

There’s a first time for everything, including attending our annual Barn Sale.

What’s the Barn Sale, you ask? Well, it’s much more than a sale. It’s a four-day event where deep discounts on our one-of-a-kind products, plus friendship and fun, come together.

Held each July, the Barn Sale attracts thousands (last year, 26,000 over four days) to our campus in Aurora, New York, which is in the Finger Lakes region. Attendees come from all over the country and a few from the far reaches of the globe to enjoy savings up to 80 percent on our ceramics, furniture, enamelware, and more.

Many regulars have a tradition of attending. They make it an annual girls’ weekend and connect with friends old and new. They camp out the Wednesday night before the sale on our grounds, and they take in nearby attractions, including the many wineries that can be found around the area. Our fans also amaze us with their creativity, and many dress in attire that honors their love of our brand.

Our 2018  Barn Sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 12–15. You can find the 2018 Barn Sale information page by following this link. In addition, we’d like to offer some tips for the newbies (and some reminders for the rest of you) in what we like to call a first-timer’s guide to the Barn Sale.

  • First, bring a friend. Like so many things in life, the Barn Sale is more fun if you share it with a friend, especially one who has been here before. The Barn Sale is also the perfect opportunity to reconnect with someone you’d like to see more often, because you’ll have lots of time to catch up while you wait in line. You’ll also be able to take selfies with our special “floating frames” that you can post on social media. Who knows? Your posts could give you a chance to connect with friends you might not even know were at the sale or were fans of MacKenzie-Childs.
  • July weather in Upstate New York is unpredictable. It can be hot, humid, cold, rainy, and, we hope, feature beautiful blue skies. Be prepared for it all by bringing sunscreen, a wide-brimmed hat, bug spray, and an umbrella. A light jacket or a rain poncho are good ideas as well.
  • Dress comfortably and wear shoes that provide support because you’ll be on your feet awhile. You should plan to stand in line for three sets of time: getting into the sale, shopping, and waiting to check out.

  • Bring a portable shopping cart and sturdy bags. Yes, we do provide carts, but they can become limited at times. We also provide large paper shopping bags, but heavier items, including enamelware, might be better accommodated with sturdier cloth bags.
  • There is an abundant supply of products at the Barn Sale, and we do restock. Come prepared with the details that can help you make decisions about what to buy. Trying to match a color or a pattern you have at home? Take a photo on your phone of what you want to match or bring a fabric swatch or paint chip with you. Want to be sure that your new-found treasure will fit through the door or into a special space at home? Bring a measuring tape and the dimensions of the space. Also handy is a pocket calculator and a notepad to help you keep track of items and totals before you get to the register.

  • It’s a good idea to confirm payment information before you leave home and let your credit/debit card provider know that you’ll be in Aurora for the sale. If you have an issue when paying with a credit/debit card (we don’t accept checks), it can be difficult to contact your card provider on site because cell phone service in the area, which is rural, can be inconsistent. You might also want to bring a portable battery pack to charge your cell phone on the go.
  • Finally, plan to have a good time! We’ll have food trucks and beverage vendors here to keep you well-fed and hydrated. Think about taking in the full experience and camping on our grounds the Wednesday night before the sale and consider checking out a couple of the local attractions after the sale. We’re thrilled to be your hosts, and we want you to have a good time at this once-a-year event.


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