This building is part of an old Mill owned by some super awesome folks in Hurdle Mills, North Carolina. Ms. Harriet saw me at a craft show with some of my bags and it triggered her memory about having a lot of old feed sacks and flour sacks stored. She and her husband were nice enough to let me get dirty in the mill and see what they had!
The only way to get up there (for humans) is by using a ladder. I wouldn't have minded the ladder being a little taller (like 3 more feet) but Mr. Mick climbed up first and helped me.
We realized shortly after climbing up that dust masks would have been a great idea (note to self for future trip). It was DIRTY. I really don't know how pickers do this sort of thing without a full-blown hazmat suit.. But with our goal in mind, we started working through a very large pile of bags. There would be 50 or more bags folded within a single bag, so there were lots of "bundles" of them.
See those beauties on the top? With these bags being from the 60's era, that is something to behold. This picture was taken while we were sorting through them. We found bags that Mick and Harriet didn't even know they had. We made a stack by the ladder opening, then we sort of relayed them to each other to get them down. Its hard for me to believe that I didn't even leave with half of what was there, and it still filled the back of my car!
And take Claritin (ah-choo!!). Did I mention how dirty that trip was??
Here are the different styles that we found today: