CWW: Savers Memorial Day Sale

Savers will be holding their big half-off sale on Memorial Day beginning at 7am.

Before the store in Lincoln Square opened, the Webster Square Savers was a zoo on these sale days (lines out the door for at least twenty minutes before the store opened, people with carts loaded up with goods, etc.) though I think that the Webster Square Savers is less crazy on sale days now that there’s a second Worcester store.

I’ve never quite understood the lines-out-the-door thing.  Salvation Army has a half-off-everything-except-the-newest-colored-ticket sale every single Wednesday, and while there might be a handful of ladies hanging out a few minutes before the store opens, it’s certainly not pandemonium.

But I know lots of folks who shop at Savers who never, ever go to the Salvation Army, or Goodwill, or any of the other, smaller area thrift stores.

I’ve bene trying to think about why I know so many devoted Savers-goers who never go to another thrift store, and I think there are a few reasons why:

1) For some reason, people don’t really think of Savers as a thrift store because it doesn’t call itself a thrift store and thus you can avoid the potential stigma of answering “Goodwill” when someone asks where you got that awesome jacket.  (Though everyone who knows me also knows that all my clothes are either thrifted or hand-me-downs, and most people are impressed at my extensive collection of thrifted pantsuits.)

2) The new Savers at Lincoln Street — at least — feels like a department store or, at least, like a Marshalls or a TJ Maxx.  A lot of the stuff doesn’t look like it’s secondhand, and part of that is just the surroundings: the store is brightly-lit and well-labeled.  Even a bright, practically new shirt in Salvation Army can feel a bit, well, used in the somewhat dingy surroundings.

3) Clothing at Savers is sorted by size.  I don’t know who wrote the thrift store manual that says that clothes should be sorted by color, but it is really annoying to pick out a shirt in the perfect shade of green only to find that it’s a size 2.  Sorting and labeling clothes by size actually cuts down on the thrifting disappointments by focusing you on just the things that will fit.  For those of us who shop with kids, it’s also mighty convenient to have a quick ten-minute trip in the clothing aisles rather than a half-hour scavenger hunt.

Question for the readership: Has anyone signed up for the Super Savers Club card?  Is it worth it?

National Trails Day at God’s Acre – June 4


I’d been meaning to write about our Earth Day Cleanup at God’s Acre/Swan Avenue, which was once again a success, and I keep putting it off.

And part of that is a good thing: the cleanup has become nearly routine, and this year, our fourth, was certainly not the production of years past.

Our successes, as always, were in gathering stuff that has been dumped on the side of Swan Avenue that has a bit of a hill:

You can really get a sense of the height difference between the road and the woods here:

I will never stop wondering why folks need to walk their stuff into the woods.  It would be so much easier for us if they’d just dump by the side of the road!

My real pet peeve is not the complete-first-floor-remodel-debris-dumping, not the refrigerators-off-the-cliff, but folks who dump leaves in black plastic bags in the woods. 

Forget “I Will Teach Worcester To Be Rich“…I Will Teach Worcester To Compost!

You can see more pictures of the cleanup on Bob Q’s Picasa site.  I have a tendency to downplay our efforts, and I always come away from the pictures in awe of how much we’re able to do in just a few hours.

I’d like to thank everyone who assisted:

  • The Regional Environmental Council for their assistance and supprt.
  • The neighbors (like Jack) and non-neighbors (like Bob Q.) who humor my primadonna attitude (“I want that armchair gone — get to it!”) and whose efforts have made this area quite tidy!
  • Jim Kempton (and everyone at Worcester DPW&P), who kindly picked up this stuff, which could not fit into our dumpster:

(An aside about Jim K. — I told him that if I started an “I love Jim Kempton” Facebook Group, we’d likely get 100 people in no time.  He refused to believe that he has scores of fans all across the city…)

  • The awesome Dennis O’Connor from Superior Waste & Recycling, who is extremely helpful and always stays ’til the bitter end. 


I often joke about having a ten-year plan for God’s Acre, and we’re in Year Four.  We’ve pretty much met most of my ten-year goals: we’ve got boulders blocking the cart path, we’re pretty much picking up new trash every year, I don’t wince as I walk down the street, etc.

The Greater Worcester Land Trust and its volunteers have been hard at work for nearly a year on many items on my plan, including cleaning out the small pond along the cart path and doing a crazy amount of trail blazing.

Their efforts have paid off, and God’s Acre will be a site for National Trails Day on Saturday, June 4, from 4-7pm.  You can find more details here.

I really hope folks will come down and walk some of the trails, see the Deed Rock, and enjoy this beautiful piece of land that so many people have worked to reclaim and improve.

Thank you, all of you.  You are amazing.

Last Night’s Council Meeting

I didn’t catch all of last night’s City Council meeting, but here were the highlights, at least from my home viewing:

1) Blind item: which elected official left the meeting and returned with a cup of tea that clearly came from an establishment across the street from City Hall?  Yes, during the meeting.

2) The liveblog unfortunately did not feature the MikeGermain moment of the evening (about two hours in): “just a quick story…which I know will drive everyone nuts.”  And then Mike committed what could be political suicide in Worcester: he admitted he once lived in Auburn.  (Also, Mike, you drive some of us nuts all the time, but in a good way.)

(The story itself was about how he lived on a road right over the border from Worcester, and it was hilly and treacherous in the winter, and would see the Worcester snow plows from his house and told his then-wife that they really needed to move to Worcester.)

He then championed DPW: “with all due respect with every person who works for the city of Worcester…, if we start cutting public works…the phone will be ringing off the hook.”

3) At one point, Commissioner Moylan was discussing signage in the city.  They spend about $45,000 on all signs (not just street signs) in a year.  FYI for those interested.

4) Sean Maher of the Local 495, who is so ubiquitous I probably see him more than I see my own mother, spoke, and every time people referred to him (or he referred to himself), my husband said, “What is that guy’s last name?  Moore?  Maher?” and then proceeded to rage against the silent r.

5) At some point, Bill Eddy remembered that he was the chair of the Youth, Parks, and Recreation Standing Committee (to be fair, he might have forgotten because they haven’t met once this year) and rose to ask about the golf course.  Oh, and the ball fields.  No comment.

CWW: Boylston Book Sale

The Friends of the Boylston Public Library will be having their annual booksale on Memorial Day, May 30 from 9:00 AM-2:00 PM.

I cannot recommend this booksale enough. 

The prices are not rock-bottom, but they’re still library-book-sale prices.  However, the selection is usually excellent, and the volunteers are friendly and helpful.  Also, the Boylston Public Library is the cutest library building in Central Massachusetts.

The library booksale is part of a larger Boylston Memorial Day commemoration: there’s usually a fair on the common, an extremely cute parade down the street, bouncy castles, horse rides, etc. 

In other words, bring your mother-in-law to supervise the kids while they play and gorge themselves on cotton candy while you shop for books.

(That also means that you might have to park far away from the booksale, which discourages you from buying two boxes’ worth of books.)