Wednesday, August 10, 2016

The 2016 127 World's Longest Yard Sale

Hey guys!  I spent 4 days with my best friend on the 127 World's Longest Yard Sale this past weekend... and boy was it hot!  But, we had an awesome time.  I'm here to share our trip sights and a few buys.  I'll be back sometime soon to share all of my buys with you.  I got quite a bit, so be prepared to see it in multiple posts!

We drove up to Northwestern Ohio on Wednesday evening.  We stayed on a lake that was only 4.5 miles from the Michigan/Ohio border.  Here's a pic of the full size bed in the back of The Beast (my van).  I don't get to use vintage sheets at home very often, so I was happy to here with one of my vintage quilts!

Here's my an my bestie relaxing in the back of the Beast about to get some sleep before waking up early to start on the 127.

I just love my van in the dark.  Can't beat $1 paper lanterns from Dollar Tree.

DAY 1:

My first buy for $15!  Don't think I'll be selling this one!

My second buy for 25 cents!  This Hazel Atlas is huge!

Lovely window and trim on this old barn.  I also got a few treasures from it!

I picked up a few treasures from this stop!

Wishing it weren't day 1 and I had a bigger house.  I loved these 2 groovy floral chairs.  They were only $35 for the pair.  And the way the woman was talking about them, I think if I had just hauled them away, I could've had them!

Remember him from last year?  He's back!!

Sometimes awesome pictures come from my iPhone.  Will be getting this one printed and framed.

Do you think I should get a fish mural for the side of my van?  This guy's van was packed floor to ceiling, front passenger seat, and dashboard.  We saw him up the road later selling stuff out of the back of the van.  He was driving, buying, going up the road a ways and then selling.  That's one way to do it.

A typical big vendor stop!

I got quite a few treasures at this stop...

Including these!  I'm obsessed with the dutch (??) enamel canisters with bracket.  Zeep is soap and Zand is sand in dutch.  Souda was not translating for me, but I'm assuming it means Soda, as in baking soda?  Anyone out there have any idea?

The stuff of nightmares.
Nope, I didn't buy it.

This lady's Pyrex booth was INSANE.
With even more insane prices.

After a long hot day of junkin' we stopped at a favorite little dive bar for some refreshments and dinner.

Then was time to repack...

And condense everything I bought.  Otherwise, I would run out of room fast!
I was able to get all you see here inside the cabinet (first purchase of the day), the 2 wood crates, a tote that fit neatly under the bed in the back of the beast, and 2 paper boxes.  That meant more room for more great junk the second day!

Junkin ain't easy.  Or clean.

We stayed on the same beautiful lake that I did last year on my first night on the 127.

DAY 2:

Here's me and my bestie on the north side of the lake to start the day.

More Amish fried hand pies!

Another great stop!

These are just a few pictures of the tons and tons of vendors set up at the Darke County Steam Threshers Assoc.

More groovy chairs I wanted to take home.

Me shopping, beer in hand.
I bought so much from one vendor he gave me a beer to go along with it.
I'll never turn down a free beer.

Out view of the lake we stayed on Friday night.  It was beautiful.  Think I'll be back here soon!

DAY 3:

Day 3 meant we were finally going to Kentucky.  Not so fast, said the traffic report.  We got stuck in traffic for an hour, trying to cross the bridge over the river to get to Covington.

By the time we finally stopped at our first stop, it was 10AM.  We were WAY behind junking for the day.  The junkin' gods smiled upon me and rewarded my patience with 5 Coke crates for $7 each!

The traffic and craziness had drastically picked up this day (Saturday).  This was pretty typical at each 'stop' in Kentucky.

Attenion DIYers: do you have a couple spare pairs of skis?  You too can make this bench.  It was cute, but didn't come home with me.

A great stop with lots of vendors at the Gallatin County Fairgrounds.

Can you see 'em all back there?

We were such a cliche on Saturday night.

We literally camped in a van down by the river.

Us smiling through the heat.

We cooled off with some brews at Gibby's in downtown Frankfort.

When we went to the shower house that night, I saw this.  It made me laugh.

We let the breeze blow in the back of the van as we watched the sun set.  Only 1 day left of junking!

DAY 4:

This is the only picture I got.  We stopped at a few stops and I bought a few things, but most vendors were packing up, if they hadn't already, or were super picked over.  We headed towards home around 10:30 - it was still a 3 hour drive home.

Thanks for following along!
Have a great week!


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  1. Hi Melissa
    Looks like a great time! Have always wanted to do one of these adventures!!

  2. Looks like y'all had a great time! Love your enamel canister thing! That first cabinet looks like a medical cabinet. Is it metal?

  3. Love the artsy barns! I would love to have turquoise Pyrex but usually rather spendy. What is in the Amish hand pies? look good! I spotted a few little things I would have loved.

  4. Melissa, I love the barns. You should frame your growing collection of barn art ;) Love the green collection and your first buy. Looks like a blast!

  5. Melissa, you are so awesome, I bow down to your mad skills of yard saling. You are #1 in my book on how to do it, and do it right. So glad your friend joined you (that Smirnoff Ice sure looked good!). It's always best when friends don't let friends junk alone. Congrats on another successful year. And where'd ya get the t-shirt? I want one!

  6. thanks for taking us along with you and the bestie. It seems the bestie and the beast fared very well keeping up with you. $7 CRATES!?! The barn photos are beautiful.

  7. Thanks for sharing all your pictures and adventures on that trip. I had always wanted to do a trip like that. Just never did it

  8. Oh thanks so much for sharing! Someday I'm going to get there. What fun you two had, and such great stuff. Love the green cannisters, and sorry you had to leave the groovy chairs, love them! Your barn photos are fabulous! Ha, ha the free beer with purchases. :)

  9. Love watching what YOU got...No way I would make that trek. I would LOVE to, but I just can't do that much walking, waiting in traffic, sleeping in a van down by the river...You crack me up! I'm glad you two had a good time!

  10. You got all that in the van and still had a full size mattress in there?!? I am in awe of your packing skills. Total awe. Love your barn pics and just the general "junk everywhere" pics. Sometimes it can be so inspiring just to surrounded by lots of good junk, even if you don't buy anything. Great finds. I'm starting to really get hyped about the Highway 60 sale in October.

  11. Looks like you had a great time! Thank you for sharing it at SYC! :) Jo

  12. Oh, this trip looks like so much fun . . . but where do you put your stash of finds while you sleep?

  13. Nope junkin ain't easy or clean, but it sure is fun! Especially with your bestie! I would be in heaven. Love the dutch canisters too! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  14. I've so enjoyed following along with you (here and on IG) on all of your Route 127 adventures. I am unashamedly jealous!! So glad you had fun and found awesome deals. Thanks for linking up your post with us at Vintage Charm--


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