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Bob Williams of Ayer models some spectacular bargains available at the 2014 Trash and Treasure Ultimate Recycling at the FCU annual Country Faire, this year on Saturday Sept. 12, 10 am to 4 pm, in Fay Park in Littleton.
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LITTLETON — Spend a day, not a fortune at the annual Country Faire at Fay Park, 19 Foster St., Littleton, Saturday, Sept. 12, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine.

The faire offers a compendium of extraordinarily fun activities, exhibits, new and gently used goods for sale, and food at bargain prices. Enjoy free live music and browse free informational booths. Sample and buy homemade jam & jellies, enjoy a Tarot card reading, and doll up your wardrobe with pre-owned jewelry. Browse a plethora books for all ages. For kids, there s face painting, pony rides & plenty of gently used toys and sports equipment. The giant Trash and Treasure yard sale draws devotees from far and wide where everyone finds something useful at a bargain price. Come back at 3 pm to fill a bag for $2.

The faire dates back to the late 1800s and specializes in free and frugal fun. Everyone can find something to take home for a buck at Trash and Treasure, an incredible array of pre-owned household and sports items, furniture and small appliances in a gigantic yard sale.

“Get here by 10 am for the best selection of treasures. Be prepared to bargain,” said Bob Williams, a volunteer at the booth where one person s trash is another person s treasure. Children can do the same at a huge tent of gently used kids games and toys for sale. Their precious allowance money will go a long way at the Faire, said Laura Semple, a member of First Church Unitarian, sponsor of the annual event.

Food reigns high at the faire, including the century-old tradition of jams and preserves made by church volunteers using many local ingredients. “Our most popular jam flavors are blueberry, orange marmalade, raspberry, and strawberry ” said Semple.

Don t miss the book tent to peruse a huge assortment of volumes for children and adults, and pre-owned videos and DVDs. Freshen up your appearance at a table of slightly used jewelry for a fraction of the original prices. It will be new to you and no one will know your secret, said Semple. Start holiday shopping at a large assortment of clever craft items made by the Women s Alliance of First Church Unitarian.

Stay for lunch and enjoy bargain prices for freshly grilled hamburgers, hot dogs, and for vegetarians, homemade hummus and veggie wraps topped with fresh local tomatoes. Finish the meal with a fresh fruit cup or head over to the baked goods tent to satisfy you r sweet tooth, and pick up a cold drink. Early birds can pick up a fresh homemade scone and coffee.

Littleton farmers will sell fresh produce and exhibit farm animals. Enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of the faire with family and friends. Browse, shop, buy and catch up with friends you run into at the Faire, or make new friends.

Wear sunscreen and walking shoes. Be ready to spend the day immersed in commerce, fun, music, negotiating and eating. Our goal is to create a fun community event that brings together the community and supports our church at the same time, said Semple.

Ten percent of the proceeds benefit a Littleton-based charity, often the Council of Churches or Littleton Senior Center. The remainder supports activities of First Church Unitarian. Call 978-486-3044 for more information or visit www.fculittle.org.