It’s time for a giant YARD SALE at the Berkfield house in Putney!
-September 11, 2021 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
-September 12, 2021 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
There will be many brand new things (some with prices on them), a huge assortment of very practical items (furniture, bikes, books, skis, kitchen equipment, adult & kid clothes), gleaned items from the garden, potted plants, a free pile, a bake sale and live music.
All items will be by donation, and the donations will benefit Angela Berkfield’s healing journey and medical expenses for very expensive cancer treatment. The yard sale will take place at the Berkfield house, located at 78 Main Street in Putney.
MESSAGE FROM ANGELA BERKFIELD:
It’s time for a giant yard sale at the Berkfield house!!!!!! There will be many brand new things (some with prices on them), a huge assortment of very practical items (furniture, bikes, books, skis, kitchen equipment, adult & kid clothes), a free pile, a bake sale, a garden give away, and live music. All will be by donation, and the donations will go to cover my medical expenses for very expensive cancer treatment. Many people are donating items to contribute to the sale. It promises to be quite huge.
It’s time to clean house: let go of the old, make room for the new. Freshen things up. It feels like a breath of fresh air already. I haven’t done this in years. Ever? Probably not. It is the exact thing I need to be doing right now. Letting go of what doesn’t serve me, and welcoming that which does.
Background: I’ve been on a journey with stage 4 breast cancer since February 2020, and just a few weeks ago I had the closest experience I’ve had with death yet. We had traveled to Michigan to see family in August because I was going so well! When I arrived, I knew something wasn’t right. Between Saturday and Wednesday I kept declining. And finally I checked into the ER very early on Thurs am. But Friday night the hospital Drs called my family to tell them I was dying, and really I was – my brain was filled with tumors and the fluid surrounding the tumors couldn’t drain out of my brain. My brain was drowning itself. Many people around me in Michigan and all over the world were saying goodbye, honoring my passing.
Yet, yet, I came back. Between Friday and Sunday morning I began to come back into my body. I was still alive. And I’m still here, in this lifetime’s body. I don’t remember anything from Thursday evening until Sunday afternoon. But by Monday I was laughing and eating – talking with my husband and kids. That evening I told my husband, I think I’ll stay in this hospital bed the rest of my life – it’s comfy and the nurses are all taking care of me. Yet at 1am on Tuesday morning I knew that I was leaving the hospital that day – no more lounging around for me. It was emancipation day. And leave I did. I shocked everyone. The nurses and doctors were clearly surprised and impressed.
I headed an hour north to my in-laws house on lake Michigan for about 6 days of recuperation. I was still extremely fragile and for the first week I had no idea if I would wake up the next morning. But wake up I did. It was time to come back to Vermont, to my home, my doctors, my healing haven. I couldn’t fly, but we decided that driving the 17 hours might just be possible. It was rough, but I did it, I made it home to VT. I never thought I would see my beloved home, shire, and friends again. Here I am – I cried for the last hour driving through Massachusetts all the way into our driveway. My soul is sooooo happy to be here.
I am taking this time to clean up whatever in my life is long overdue for a clean up. That includes this house, this land, the way I am showing up for myself, the ways I am showing up for my family, and for you.
Thank you for participating in my life in this way, supporting me in passing on what I don’t need.
Perhaps now YOU do need what it is that I am ready to pass on???
Please have fun, give generously, laugh loud and long, and enjoy every moment of breathing this air, feeling the sun on your face, being alive!
Thank you for coming.