Thursday, March 10, 2011

Night Night, Sleep Tight, don't let the ....

 ...Yup. The bedbug phobia has come to the Barn of Opportunity.  We saw it coming. This scary guy has been warning us, dangling above the bin of clothes in the "gift shop" for a few weeks now. He's telling those of us who pick from the offerings in that bin to launder them and heat the items in the dryer for 20 minutes on high heat as soon as we get them home. As always, we take items from the Barn of Opportunity "at our own risk."  Now it's just in writing on the wall.  There is a lot of info on the web about bedbugs and it didn't take me long to find an article that addressed bed bugs and the thrift shoppers  like me. We are the ones who need to be warned.  Kathy Durgin-Leighton warned me as SOON as she heard about bedbug infestations in neighboring towns, since she knows I love to find clothing and fabric at the barn. Thanks, Kathy.

  I try very hard to NOT use my dryer, EVER, but if I must, I must. For I am not ready to give up the thrill of finding gems in the bin like this dress, which became my Shirley Partridge Halloween costume a few years ago.
  And as for the matching Size 10 gogo boots that magically appeared in the shoe bin that same October to complete the Halloween outfit? Those would have to have been put into a plastic bag and left in a freezer (or snowbank) for 2 weeks to kill any bugs lurking in those pointy toes. My kids found the costume frightening enough without bug infestation.

Besides the dangling mascot over the first floor clothes bin, visitors to the barn this week will notice the removal of the clothes storage bins on the second floor of the barn.  Bed bug prevention measures again. They may return, but for now it is safety first.  I appreciate the safety measures and the chance to both donate and take clothing.  I know I'll risk a lot to experience the joys of the barn. Today's joy? A hand-crocheted doily that had a small pink stain on it. As we speak I'm dying half of it pink and the other half green. Then who knows what I'll make out of it.

1 comment:

  1. I went to the NETA SPA a couple weeks ago, and stayed at the Hampton. First thing I did: check for bedbugs. Found one spot on the boxspring cover, but it was raised like a bit of chocolate, not like dried blood. I suppose one could put the clothes in the oven for an hour or two, what is it, 130 degrees to kill them? That shouldn't be too hot to melt even that amazing Shirley Partdridge dress there. I heard they even treated the Augusta movie theater... not sure as a response or preventative, but it doesn't make me happy to send the teenager there.


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