Monday, September 26, 2011

~today's giveaway.......it's a good one!~

 How would you like to win an authentic German grainsack?
I recently just learned a lot more about grainsacks and I thought I'd share the info. with you.

There is a great deal of misinformation about grainsacks, for example,
some people will tell you that sacks with tar based inks are the only
authentic sacks-not true. In fact, inks used on grainsacks differed
both in quality and ingredients due mostly to regional influences.
Some people will tell you the color of the stripes (on the sacks) is
an indicator of the region where the sack was produced-also a fallacy.
In fact, all different colors were used throughout Germany. Some
people will tell you the sacks are hand made by the farmers
wives-somewhat true, and somewhat false. While some farmers wives made
sacks, many farmers purchased finished sacks at mills and took them
home, where they applied their own stencil. Unless you have proof of a
solid provenance, there is no way to tell which grainsacks were made
by the farmers wives and which were purchased at a mill.

The very best way to make sure you are purchasing a genuine product is
to know your seller and to ask questions.  How did they authenticate
the grainsack? What are the criteria they used in the authentication
process? If they used an expert, who is the expert and what are their
qualifications?  If the seller says "I can just tell from years of
experience," that's not a good answer. A credible expert, selling a
quality product will have done their homework and will share the
tangible, specific details that authenticate a grainsack as the
genuine article.

Before spending a great deal of money you, the buyer, also need to do
your homework. Don't take information at face value, jot down the
information you receive from a seller and do your own research,
educate yourself about the history and use of grain sacks, crosscheck
the information you're given with solid facts, contact experts and
museums.
 Bliss Farm Antiques~a wonderful shop,
 if you haven't seen it already, go look now!
Here is what you need to do to win this beauty: 
Go to the Bliss Farm Antiques blog and leave a comment letting her know that 
"my sweet savannah sent me"
You also must become a follower of her blog. 
If you have done those 2 things, you will be entered to win!
A random winner will be picked on Friday!
xoxo

19 comments:

Jennifer said...

Who won the pretty smitten giveaway?

Anne said...

done & done! Love her blog, thanks for featuring it!!!

My Blessed Serendipity Life said...

I already follow Bliss Farm Antiques. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway. I would love a chance to win this beautiful giveaway.

Danielle

Brooke said...

I have done both! Love her blog!

she dreams big! said...

I followed each of your directions! I'm already a follower of you both. Count me in please!

Tracy said...

Rad! I just popped over and left a comment and became a follower :)

The Knotty Spinster said...

Thanks for the great write up about grain sacks. I'm a follower of your blog and that was great to know. I have several types of sacks but really never thought about the age and how they are made. Thanks also for your giveaway!!

pballard said...

Thanks I became a follower of hers and left a comment.. Glad to have been introduced to her blog..

Bonnie said...

Thanks for the heads up. That's a great giveaway. I already collect French and European grain sacks so it's fun to see her cte shop.

Melly said...

Thanks for the information and the link to Bliss Farm Antiques. Your blog never disappoints!

TheCrankyCrow said...

You're so, so, right....It's a good one! LOVE the grain sack! And thanks so much for the info on grain sacks...guess this crow learned something today! I'm now a follower of Bliss Farm - and blissfully so! Happy Monday! Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

AnneLoyd said...

I left a comment and followed the blog! I love your blogs! Thanks for the inspiration!

Anneliz702@hotmail.com

Amber said...

This is great!
Amber

Cherie B said...

I now follow the lovely blog.
Thanks for getting me hooked!

Cherie B said...

I've left Bliss Farm Antiques a message stating that I now follow her. Thanks!

Sandi @ The Primitive Skate said...

Awesome Giveaway! I've done the 2 things...I've become a Follower of Bliss Farm Antiques and I left her a comment saying you sent me.
Thanks for the chance!

SewLindaAnn said...

I'm a Follower now and left a comment so they know you sent me. That was interesting about the feed sac. I love learning details like that.

Bourg Family said...

Left a comment & am now a follower of Blis Farm Antiques.

Terri Gordon said...

Hello, what a beautiful giveaway. Thank you for the opportunity. Have a wonderful week. Terri

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