Saturday, August 9, 2008

The Longest Yard Sale lives on........

Yes, 450 miles of junk and more junk.  What could be better?  I know Texas......but, this will have to do for now.  For anyone who is not familiar, this sale was started about 7 or 8 years ago because the interstate had taken all the traffic off of the 127 Corridor which runs from Alabama to Ohio.  So some smart guy decided a way to bring the people back would be to have a huge and I mean huge yardsale and so he did.  I have gone every year, but one, and this year has proved to be good as ever.  The first couple of years I drove over to Gadsden and drove north to Kentucky, this was a chore, lots of traffic, to many people.  So the last few years I have left on Tuesday or Wednesday and drove up 75 to Covington, Kentucky and started at the top and drove down to Chattanooga.  By going early you don't have to deal with all the kids and the rif raf.  Mostly just blue hairs.  'Cause everyone else is at work.  By far the best deals are in Kentucky.  Some of the best stuff I have came from Kentucky.  And I have to tell you I usually end up yardsale 021

keeping most of it.  Like this Fretwork from a guy in Pall Mall, Tenn.  I almost couldn't get it in the truck.   Love it.  And this little child's playpen or cart on wheels......who still has this stuff, it is in great shape.  It brings tears........  One girl I met, could have been my twin, she had the best stuff I wanted it all, here's what I got from her.  She hyardsale 014ad a great cupboard I wanted but, she wouldn't sell it. (I can relate.)  Of course, there were butter pats, that makes 174, and this doll with a body, I don't think its her body, but none the less.  Also found this darling man selling purple bottles so in honor of my idol Michael, I had to buy some and because if you bought 10 or more they were only $2 a piece.  Love it..........

But, I must tell you this is not for the average bear.  Its, grooling, lots of walking and unfortunately, it is 50% true Yard Sale stuff, toys, kids clothes, and yuck, and then 25% is that dealer who took all his stuff out of his  space at the mall and is trying to get rich on the side of the road.  And then there is that wonderful guy who has cleaned out his grandmothers house or an   estate sale and is just looking to get rid of it cheap.  Love those guys.yardsale  And you do have to be careful where you stop.  Especially if you are by yourself.  Don't stop at a house with no other cars and a boiling pot outside.  You might be for dinner.   Things you must know are, you must not be afraid to get dirty, you must not be afraid to dig in dirty old boxes with rat pills, or be afraid to slug some Yankee chick who's, digging through your pile of stuff.........

Which brings me to another subject.  The other day at Lakewood Janice (Larry Cooks' wife beside us) and I were discussing how a girl just has to be ready to cold cock some b_____ if need be.  And lulu was just appalled.  She could not believe we would figIMG00018ht.  I mean it is a way of life here in the south.  A girls got to be able to protect her own.  Less I digress.........I will shut up now cause when lulu reads this she will probably revoke my blogging license. 

Here is a picture of some more stuff.  Enjoy the pictures and think about going next year.  If you love junk, you'll love it.   Cheers, Lauri

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7 comments:

LuluRedstar/Lauri Evans said...

It pains me that I have to look at this like everyone else...instead of actually there at purchase.
Nonetheless I am proud of my Chipstress. But don't any of you think you can just pick something. I GET FIRST DIBS.
re: the fighting...oh dear
xo lulu-the-lamb

Anonymous said...

Love, love, love the french picture of the ladies... It looks kinda French Vanillaly...Love ya'll!! Peg

Urban Farmhouse said...

LOVE your blog!!! Jon and Peg from French Vanilla told me about you so I had to get on here and see for myself! I am jealous about all your great finds from your yard sale excursion. They do it here in Ohio too but is always kids clothes and toys! Once I found a vintage glider (the big, heavy steel one with rolled arms) for $50, but never anything else. I just came back from a week in GA (northwest mountains) and could not find any shops to my liking. Tried Ellijay and Blue Ridge :-(, can you recommend some for me to check out nnext time? Thanks! I'm a regular now!

Garden Antqs Vintage said...

Lauri, love the girls with cracked look. Is that picture in a frame? It does have a kinda a Frency Vanilla look doesn't it? Lulu was so sad that you couldn't be found. She almost made drinks without you!! Well ok, she did have just one!!

Lady Jane Vintage said...

OK - You sooooooooooooooo could fit right in with me & my friends here "up north"!;) You're a trip!:) I always say, I advise anyone near me at a good garage sale, flea, or antique show to put on their FOOTBALL PADS cuz I'm COMIN' TA GET YA if you get near the stuff "I" want! Hee Hee!:) Jen

Queen of Tarte said...

Some day I will get there...I hope you found some wonderful treasures at this incredible event!!! Cindy

The Feathered Nest said...

Your little baby looks like it forgot the sunscreen on it's body! Very cool!! love the butter pats, I'm sure Theresa is drooling over those ~ me, I love the beautiful ladies print too! I did the sale a few years back with Cindy (Plum Tree) and Sharon and had a blast!!
xxoo, Dawn