Tuesday, May 17, 2016

US 11 Antique Alley Yard Sale Route: Part 1

Well, without much planning, I went ahead and did part of the US 11 Antique Alley yard sale route.  The red stars show where I started and ended, which was about 150 miles, all in 2 days.  I'll talk about the yellow star a little later, so keep reading!

Of course, I took The Beast.  Here we are at our camp site on Thursday evening.  I left work around noon, ran a few errands, and drove the 5 hours to Cove Lake State Park in Caryville, TN.

No big deal, but my campsite was right on the water.  This was my view.

Here I am relaxing on my bed in the beast, with the fan going (yay for electric sites!).  I could hardly sleep that night.  I woke up extra early, so that I could the 30 minute drive to Farragut, TN, where I decided to start on the route (it was the first small town south of Knoxville).

The sales were fairly scare to start off.  My first purchase was this Bluebird Pies crate.  I got it somewhere between Lenoir City and Loudon.

At another stop, they had these.  I REALLY wanted to take them home, but didn't want to fill up the van on the first day.  I did buy a few other things from this stop.

 Another stop had these cute child's furniture. 

 Sweetwater, TN proved to be a good stop.  I hauled all of this out to my car and went back for another load of stuff.  They had about 25 vendors set up in the middle of town.

One of my favorite yard sale signs -- it was displayed on an old pick up.  And just look at the mountains and blue sky in the background.

 My last stop for day 1 was in Cleveland, TN.  I then drove a little out of the way to stay at Harrison Bay State Park.  Again, another campsite right on the water.

 They also had a little restaurant inside the park, where I ate dinner out on the deck.

Before the sun went down, I pulled out my big stuff and other loose things so that I could rearrange them, so I could get into my bed for the night.

A beer on the lake, as the sun was setting.  

Day 2 I started in Cleveland, TN again.  I made it all the way to Fort Payne, AL.  It was so cool to drive on the back roads of TN, GA, and AL all in one day.  I didn't get as many pictures this day because there was just more stops and more junk to be found.  I thought these tractor seat and wheel bar stools were really cool.  I think I'm going to have to find the pieces to make myself one of these.  I have been meaning to learn how to weld, because why not?

At the same stop another guy had made birdhouses out of old soda crates.  I thought they were pretty cute.

 Anyways, I made it to Fort Payne around 4:30 and decided to call it a day.  It was only a 7 hour drive home, which meant I could sleep in my own bed.  So, I got on the interstate and headed north towards home.  Well, my plan was foiled very quickly.  I got about 10 miles down the road and I felt the tire go.  I was going about 75MPH, so to slow down and get off the road safely was no easy task.

Here's what I was dealing with (the yellow star on the map shows where I got the blown out tire).

A Good Samaritan showed me what Alabama Southern Hospitality is all about. He was coming back from a charity race. He had his race car on a trailer behind his pick up. He had all the tools to change my tire. He got it all done, just as my roadside assistance showed up. Bear in mind, I'd been on the side of the road for 90min waiting for them. The spare was good enough to get me 20mi to a local Walmart where I treated myself to FIVE new tires.  I was going to get new tires this summer, but this experience led me to do it a little sooner.

As cheesy as it sounds, I felt so blessed that I wasn't hurt and that Southern Hospitality isn't dead.  After 90 minutes of waiting, I was certain that it was going to be.

After the entire tire fiasco was over with, it was nearly 8:30, so I drove about 30 min north and stayed at another campground for the night.  The van was so full, I felt like I was sleeping among my junk!

Before you go, I'll share the rest of the big finds from the trip.  I'm saving the boxes among boxes of smalls for another post.

 Old wood buckets.

 Lots of wood spools.  Wish I would've just bought all of them from this guy.  He was so nice and gave me a great deal on them.

 This stop was fun, I dug through a jam-packed old barn for this stuff.  The old man was nice enough and gave me a great deal since I had to dig for my treasures.

 At another stop a guy was making things out of salvaged barn wood.  I picked up these 5 cute mini ladders from him.  I think they'll be snatched up pretty quickly.  Can be used as a trellis outside or inside to hang delicate linens from.  The possibilities are endless.

Also, this amazing periwinkle colored window.

Okay folks, that's it for this post.  I'll be back later this week with my first Quickie post.  That's right, you'll soon be able to start seeing a few of my projects appear on here every now and then.  Thank goodness for more free time, now that I've graduated!


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  1. Wow, that sounds like a lot of fun! That would have been a very exciting 2 days plus the enjoyment of camping by a lake.

  2. It was stormy last week and seems like you didn't enjoy driving in the weather either. I never heard of this yard sale but does sound interested. Cove Lake State Park looks beautiful and what a wonderful site you had on the lake.

  3. Lucky for you that southern hospitality is alive and well! Great great finds! I wish they had those kinds of sales out here! Looking forward to the rest of the stuff and your "Quickie".

    xo Dianne

    P.S. Thanks for the link about globes. I added it to the post and gave you credit for it.

  4. Girl, you really amaze me. This was a great trip, and I was relaying details as I was reading it and talking to my sister at the same time. Your independence is enviable (but glad that guy helped you - sounds like he was specially ordered, hauling a car and all the tools!), and your no fear attitude gets you far! Great hauls - all.

  5. Oh, my goodness! What treasures! Until you mentioned this sale I had never heard of it. Lots of great items - the window and the wooden buckets are my favorites. Find Augusta on the right of your map. I live 20 miles from there. Next time I will meet you somewhere.

  6. I would have hauled everything you bought home! Wow, you sure had another great haul. It doesn't sound cheesy at all...you really are blessed that you weren't injured. So good to know there are people out there willing to lend a helping hand to a perfect stranger. Thanks for linking up with Talk of the Town.

  7. I am just amazed that you do these road trips in a few days. Your treasures prove it is worth it though!

  8. How fun! And you found so many great treasures! I'd love to do this someday. Glad to hear about that kind stranger. Hope the tire didn't put too much of a damper on your trip!

  9. Looks like you made the best from a bad trip. Thank you for sharing it on SYC! :) Jo

  10. Oh, those ladders!

    Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  11. Fabulous finds, Melissa! One of these days I would love to make that trip! So glad you were safe, Someone was watching out for you ;) Thanks for sharing your treasures @Vintage Charm!

  12. Wow, what a few and you ended up with fabulous finds! Those buckets and the blueberry pie crate, love, love!! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  13. I am trying to figure out the price of some old wooden crates they are bluebird pies and one is a bluebird cake the pie crate is stamped 1-71 and the cake one is stamped 5-72 very good shape

  14. I am looking to get information on two wooden crates that are bluebird pies and one is bluebird cakes the first is stamped 1-71 and the other is stamped 5-72 please help me figure out what i have they are in great shape


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