Shop ‘Til You Drop: Change of Season Brings Sales and Oddities

Truman Capote's ashes
Truman Capote's ashes, Photo: Courtesy Julien's Auctions

A rare and intriguing item has come up for auction in California: Late Sagaponack resident Truman Capote’s ashes. The ashes are contained in a 3×4 inch cardboard box, which is then nestedmatryoshka style, within a lovely Japanese wooden box. It’s a perfect addition to your bookshelf or side table, if you’re into that sort of thing. Apparently, the sale of human remains isn’t illegal. In fact, Julien’s Auctions, the company responsible for the sale, made news a few years back for selling William Shatner’s kidney stone. Capote’s ashes are expected to garner about $6,000 during the auction, which will be held on September 23 and 24. Visit to find out more.

Schmidt’s Market in Southampton is back up and running! The family-owned market suffered a fire on the cusp of the summer season, and has since undergone three long months of reconstruction. Despite a series of delays, the gourmet shop has finally reopened. Head down for fresh produce and prepared foods. Find Schmidt’s Market at 120 North Sea Road. Call 631-283-5777 for more information.

On August 30 and 31, Cast On Knit will be holding a pop up shop at various locations throughout the Hamptons, with classes on knitting techniques. Each course will provide the material and instruction to make the perfect knit accessories, just in time for fall. Classes include “Learn-to-Knit Cowl,” “Fall Caplet,” “Basic Learn-to-Knit” (which includes a merino scarf knitting kit), “Pillow Talk” (home décor with oversized pillows) and a dropin clinic for fall knitting projects. Handmade garments and home décor will be available for purchase. Call 914-439-6226 or visit for information.

Need a new drink to get you through the end of summer? Grab a bottle of Wölffer Cider. With a crisp, refreshing taste, the cider comes in two varieties: Dry White and Dry Rosé. Find cider four-packs at the vineyard, 139 Sagg Road, Sagaponack.

Antique Center Southampton is holding a red tag sale now through Labor Day. All items with a red tag are 20–50% off. Find Antique Center Southampton at 245 County Road 39, Southampton. Call 631-726-7275 for more information.

Need to refresh your swimwear before the end of season? Check out Wala Swim. The new online store features topoftheline swimwear for women of all body types. Supportive bathing suits with underwire, tummy control panels and adjustable straps mean these suits look and feel great. Be cool and confident poolside or lounging in the sand, and rest assured that you are fully covered and looking fabulous. Visit to check out their collection now.

Gym Source, the one stop shop for home gyms, is having a massive Labor Day sale. Beginning September 2 and ending September 5, the sale will include treadmills, ellipticals, free weights and gym accessories. Find Gym source at 23 Windmill Lane in Southampton, or visit


St. Anne’s thrift store in Bridgehampton has closed permanently. The building is to once again serve as St. Anne’s rectory. The shop that offered so many designer clothes at discount prices and was the best source for second-hand Stubbs & Wooten slippers will be much missed. All the shop’s customers bid a heartfelt farewell to its beloved manager Eve. She always had a kind (bilingual) word for everyone shopping there.

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