The Pumpkin Patch, one of the most anxiously awaited events of the year, occurs Oct. 13. The sale, now in its 40th year, is one you don't want to miss.
It takes 12 months for a tireless group of volunteers at the Thrift Box -- an upscale resale shop in San Jose -- to prepare for the annual bash. All of the best donations received are reserved for this one-day extravaganza.
At the boutique, you'll find porcelains by makers such as Haviland and Lladro. Expect to see crystal produced by Waterford and Orrefors. Several pieces up for grabs are still in their original boxes, an asset that collectors like.
Expect a cache of vintage furs, linens, jewelry, purses, toys, dolls, silver (including a lovely silver-plated tea set valued at $1,200 but marked $375), books, as well as paintings and prints.
Besides the antiques and collectibles, you'll find tasty baked goods, homemade jellies and jams, and a variety of ingenious craft items. I always keep an eye out for Halloween party décor scattered about the tables.
The organizers of this shindig know it attracts lots of folks. That's why there will be a new layout allowing a smoother flow of people and easy access to the goodies.
I'll be around from 10 a.m. to noon to act as your personal shopper. Perhaps I can assist you in making a decision about which pieces of glass or china might be your best bets.
The festivities, which run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., are at the First Congregational Church, at Hamilton and Leigh avenues in San Jose. Admission is $3. For details, call 408-294-4490, or go to www.thriftbox.org. All proceeds aid the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital.
It's a small world
The 2012 Good Sam Showcase of Miniatures takes place Oct. 6-7. The show -- the third-largest exhibit of its type in the United States -- draws visitors from near and far.
At the show, you'll encounter more than 100 artisans selling an astonishing array of wee floral arrangements, dolls, dollhouses, holiday decorations, furniture and more.
There are scheduled workshops covering various topics, free classes and seminars for kids and adults, plus a spirited silent auction.
To participate, be at the Doubletree Hotel, 2050 Gateway Place, San Jose. Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors and $3 for children ages 5-12. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 6, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 7. For details, call 408-257-9385, or go to www.goodsamshow.blogspot.com.
The show benefits the Plane Tree Health Library, a free consumer medical library in Los Gatos.
Stamp of approval
On Tuesday, the Sequoia Stamp Club of Redwood City will mark its 65th anniversary with a party. Everyone is invited to partake in the celebration.
This is a neat opportunity for stamp collectors to meet other hobbyists while enjoying cake, coffee and lemonade. While at the get-together, be certain to try your luck at winning one of 10 door prizes.
The festivities will begin at 7:15 p.m. at the Community Activities Building, 1400 Roosevelt Ave., Redwood City. Admission is free, and so is the parking. For details, go to www.penpex.org.
It's time for the 17th semiannual San Francisco Airline Memorabilia Show and Sale. The specialty expo lifts off Sept. 29.
These vendors carry such items as vintage airline posters, advertising, postcards, timetables, china and flatware, swizzle sticks and playing cards.
The fun occurs at the Best Western Grosvenor, 380 S. Airport Blvd., South San Francisco. Admission is $5 for adults, and children 12 and younger get in free. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call 408-504-8345, or go to www.sfoairlineshow.com.
A huge yard sale
History San Jose will host "A Yard Sale in the Park" on Oct. 7. This is your chance to clean out the garage, attic or a storage locker to earn some extra cash. For those of us who enjoy hunting for bargains, this is a super chance to discover a treasure.
To get in on the action, call Juanita at 408-918-1045, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Entrants, who must register by Sept. 30, need to provide their own tables, chairs, canopy, etc. Cost is $15 for nonmembers, free for History San Jose affiliates.
Admission to the yard sale is free; parking is $6.
History Park is located at 1650 Senter Road, San Jose. Hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more details, call 408-287-2290, or go to www.historysanjose.org.
Contact Steven Wayne Yvaska at email@example.com or 750 Ridder Park Drive, San Jose, CA 95190.