In Sunday's "On the Homefront," the phone number for ASID...


April 17, 1994|By Elizabeth Large | Elizabeth Large,Sun Staff Writer

In Sunday's "On the Homefront," the phone number for ASID yard sale information was incorrect. The number is (410) 329-3366.

The Sun regrets the errors.

Some yard sales have more pizazz than others

The bargains are fabulous and the causes are worthy. What more could you ask? This year is the 10th anniversary of the ASID yard sale, where you can buy just about anything in the way of new and antique furniture, designer knickknacks, fabrics, carpets, even commercial furnishings. There are old things. New things. And most of them are being sold at or below cost. If you don't need anything as major as a sofa or a five-drawer vertical file cabinet, stop by the flea market area. Prices there start at 25 cents.

The sale will be held Friday through April 24 at the David Edward Co. manufacturing plant, 1407 Parker Road. The event starts with a catered preview party Friday night, which is open to the public. Tickets are $25. The sale continues Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine. The tax-deductible door charge of $2.50 this year goes to the Maryland Transplant Resource Center Inc. Proceeds of the sale benefit the local chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers.


For more information, call (410) 329-2266.

Now you can grow heirloom flowers in your own yard from seeds preserved by the William Paca Garden. This restored 18th-century walled garden, located in historic Annapolis, sells them for $2 a packet.

During the growing season volunteers collect seeds from heirloom plants; in the fall they sort and clean them. Then they package them in charmingly decorated envelopes (good for small gifts). There are a couple of dozen different varieties such as old-fashioned columbines, larkspur, moss campion, money plant and hollyhocks. "These are plants that have withstood the test of time," says Lucy Coggin, director of the garden.

The seeds are sold in the museum shop in the adjoining William Paca House at 194 Prince George Street. Hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday noon to 5 p.m. For more information, call (410) 263-5553. When you hear the name Phillips Seafood you probably think of crab cakes, not Asian art and home furnishings. Think again. The same company that brings you broiled rockfish and stuffed shrimp has recently opened its second design store, Ancient Rhythms Gallery in Bethesda. (The first is located in Ocean City.)

Here you'll find wood carvings, antiques, lacquerware, plantation chairs and other furniture, silks, primitive musical instruments, and pottery from Asia and Africa. Prices range from $12 to $12,000.

Steve Phillips, president of the company, got interested in Asian art and furniture while traveling in the Philippines, Indonesia and Thailand. It's a happy coincidence that at the same time ethnic influences in interior design have become hot, hot, hot.

The newest Ancient Rhythms Gallery is located at 7920 Woodmont Ave. in Bethesda. The phone number is (301) 652-2669. Everyone can use a little professional help with spring cleaning. If you can't afford your own housekeeper, here are 10 top cleaning tips from Merry Maids, one of the largest professional home cleaning services in the United States.

1. Use a fine pumice stone to remove hard water deposits from the inside of a toilet bowl.

2. Use the reverse action setting on a vacuum cleaner to help defrost a freezer.

3. Use different colored cloths for different cleaning chores.

4. Use a toothbrush and baking soda to clean grout between ceramic tiles and shower door tracks.

5. Use rubbing alcohol and a cotton ball to spot-clean flat-painted wall surfaces.

6. Use white vinegar and a soft cloth to remove gum and tar from carpeting.

7. Restore a temporary shine to a stainless steel sink by applying a coat of corn oil to the sink and letting it sit for three to five minutes. Then scrub and rinse.

8. Add an extension cord to your vacuum cleaner to avoid unnecessary effort as you move from room to room.

9. Apply a small amount of lemon oil to the ends of your vacuum cleaner extension wands. They will pull apart much easier.

10. Fasten an odd sock to a yardstick with a rubber band. Use the tool to clean under the refrigerator and to reach cobwebs in ceiling corners.

On the Home Front welcomes interesting tidbits of home and garden news -- events related to the home or garden, new stores, trends, local people with ideas on design and decorating, mail order finds, furniture styles, new products and more. Please send suggestions to Elizabeth Large, On the Home Front, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore 21278.


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