Has this happened to you? Whenever I plan a trip in Connecticut, even a short one, I always have to contend with the paradox of route selection. I can name several places I travel weekly where there are at least 2 paths I can take. Here’s the paradox: neither one is a shorter! I could turn left or right and I will reach my destination at about the same time. It usually turns out that the longer route is faster, and the shorter route is a country road where the speed limits are lower.
Well, this past weekend it worked out to my advantage (finally) when I set out to search for a Roxbury CT estate sale. While I could have traveled the direct route, which would have taken me through Bridgewater, I decided instead to drive into southern New Milford in order to reach Route 67 sooner. I would be further west and north, but I felt it would be faster. It turns out that it didn’t matter.
No sooner had I turned on to the newer Route 7 extension in southern New Milford then I noticed cars parked along the road ahead. My radar went up, though not in time to pass by an estate sale in one of the few untouched homes in this commercial zone.
Fewer and fewer opportunities exist to explore and learn what life was like 100 or more years ago. With a home of this age I planned to find some insights into the lives of the past inhabitants when survival and success were defined by a different time.
There was a lot to explore, and after some searching I found what I was looking for – a small box of paper items on a card table. Hoping to purchase it without disturbing the papers, I picked up the whole box and made for the cashier. After a short amount of haggling they were gently placed in my car for later examination.
Instead of getting back on the road to my original destination, I decided to look around more. It was a good thing I did because several more opportunities to search and learn about the property developed. In a bold act of shameless indifference I turned the camera on myself and filed a “Video Dig Report” of my experience on this property. Go here to see the rest of the story.(Note: This sale is going on today 10/20/13! Route 7/202 in southern New Milford, near the Elephant's Trunk Flea Market)