In the summer of 2008 my daughter and I went to the Peach Festival at Dutch Neck Village in nearby Bridgeton NJ.

We were drawn to a table were a local church was selling a woman’s lifetime collection of nutcrackers.

I was spellbound…heart racing in the thrill of the hunt! My daughter had to calm me down.

 While I was paying for 5 of them and being captivated by all of the other stoic faces…I had the brilliant idea of purchasing them all.

At the mention of my intentions to buy them all and asking them to give me a price…the church folks began whispering…counting….adding…and looking really unsure of my suggestion to carry them all off.

The table was beginning to be surrounded with interested buyers and I knew the church would make much more money if they sold them individually.

I asked them to call me with a price and a head count at the end of their day and I would buy whatever was left if the price was right. It was!!!

the days leftovers.....158 nutcrackers!!

what a find!!

We have had so much fun repairing and upcycling them. Many had missing feet….noses…crowns and other parts. 

Last Christmas my shop in Millville looked so pretty

I’ve sold over 60 of them so far!

I have several for sale in my store in Millville and a few for sale on line in my etsy shop. http://www.etsy.com/listing/63284770/upcycled-wendel-the-nutcracker

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