Heirlooms, Hand-Me-Downs & Traditions: The Nearly New Sale

Family heirlooms and traditions

My family is really close. We all live in the same neighborhood, have family dinner together every Wednesday, and watch the Ravens play every weekend. We have all been involved in each others accomplishments and hardships, and that is just a few of the reasons it is so nice to be around them. Another reason is because of the history within our homes, the things we all share, and the memories surrounding them.

With me being the oldest of 8 grandchildren, there we many things my grandparents had purchased when I was born. Those same things have been used for all of my siblings and cousins, and they will be around for our children in the future. It all started with a dresser and crib at the Nearly New Sale at GBMC 25 years ago. My mom had recently found out that she was pregnant, and my grandmother knew that she would need some furniture for her future grandchildren.

All 4 of my siblings and myself were born at GBMC, so my grandmother often took my mom to her appointments there. One day they noticed the sign for the Nearly New Sale, and my grandmother went to see what they had while my mom went to see her Doctor. Unfortunately, the sale was closed, but as my grandmother was peaking through the window, a crib and matching dresser caught her eye. She drove back first thing in the morning the next day to buy the set for my bedroom in her house.

While we don’t have the dresser anymore, but the crib still sits in their guest room. That single piece of furniture holds so much meaning for our family. From all of us sleeping in it, to me and my sister, and cousin using it for our baby dolls. Now, whenever we have friends with little babes over their house, those babies use the crib. 25 years later, I am so thankful my grandmother went to that sale, and I can’t wait to shop their for items in the future!

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The Nearly New Sale is a non-profit sale put on by GBMC Volunteer Services held semi-annually to raise funds to support GBMC services. If you are in Baltimore or surrounding areas, I highly recommend checking out this sale. It supports such a great cause, and they have so much for offer. There have clothing, accessories, jewelry, records, and so much more. You can find out more information here.

  • Public days are Saturday, Oct. 17th from 9 – 5 & Sunday Oct. 18th from 9 – 5
  • Half-price days are Wednesday, Oct. 21 from 4p – 8p & Thursday Oct. 22nd from 4p – 8p
  • Bargain Day (fill a bag)- Saturday, Oct. 24 – 9:00am to 12:00pm

Keep in mind, this sale only accepts cash or check, no credit or debit cards. So bring that 20 dolla’s in your pocket, and get ready to pop some tags!


  • Megan

    I love that you have such a treasured piece in your family that will hopefully continue down through the generations. I feel like people are constantly purging and buying the next best thing today, but its the antiques and the pieces that have stories that we should be holding onto. xo

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      I absolutely agree! It means so much to have pieces that all of us have used, and we will keep for generations to come!

  • http://www.wanderingweekenders.com/ Ashley @ Wandering Weekenders

    That’s so awesome to have something with so much meaning still in your family. I sometimes feelt hat with our society we’re always wanting to get the next latest and greatest thing that we forget how many memories an item can hold.

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      You are so right, so many people these days forget about the memories and ideas behind things. That crib means more than any new crib I could ever buy, those feelings could never be replaced.

  • http://www.thedemczakdays.com Annie Dem

    Oh my gosh, YAY! I am so excited that you were able to do this because this narrative is BEAUTIFUL! Antiques and family heirlooms give me all the butterflies.

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      Thank you so much for sharing this opportunity with me! I was so happy to write about it <3

  • Lauren

    I had no idea about this! I’m going to try and stop by this weekend!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      You should!! They have some great goodies!

  • http://www.thelowcountrymama.com Jacquelyn @ Lowcountry Mama

    I love that you live so close to family! I wish we did. I’m so sentimental.. heirlooms are my favorite. ALL of our china is from grandparents =)

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      Oh my goodness, that is so sweet! We have some glasses from my great-grandmother, and I am almost afraid to use them!

  • http://sarahandstewart.blogspot.com/ Sarah Alway

    Oh my goodness, I am SO jealous that you live so close to your family and you get to get together so often! That’s basically my dream, but I don’t want to live in my hometown and my parents are so stubborn about moving no matter how much I bug them!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      I feel so blessed because of it. It’s nice always having them around (most of the time). But it’s also making it difficult for us to move to another state because we have been used to it for so long now.

  • http://www.jadeoak.com/ jackie jade

    that’s so cool you’ve had that crib in your family for so long!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      I can’t wait to have more littles in it one day (actually I can haha). It’s crazy how many babies have used the same crib!

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