First up was the Raleigh Flea, and it was a total bust! Freezing temps kept vendors away and we were in and out in 30 minutes without a single purchase. Not a good start to the trip.
Thankfully I'd contacted a local seller on Craigslist before leaving Ohio about a cool advertised industrial piece, and this turned out to be something that turned our day around.
A sweet woman urged us to make a drive to Chapel Hill saying they had a few buildings of other things we might like as well. Worth the drive! They had all sorts of cute little buildings and sheds tucked into their property and in a beautiful setting of a pine forest. It was so peaceful and enjoyable to shop. A great couple doing what they love in their retirement. We loved meeting Jerry and Joan! And just wait until you see a fun piece on wheels we bought from them!
The day just kept getting better! During the drive I noticed a post on Instagram from a shop I follow. They were having their monthly opening this weekend! We were only an hour away, so off we went. Just in time! It was the final day at Chartreuse Barn Sales and a few purchases later were back on he road.
The next unexpected and awesome stop was at Ruffin Roost! Another shop I follow, and a talented shop owner! Even though she's recovering from knee surgery, Tiffany knew we were passing right by her place and was sweet enough to invite us to stop. Yippeee!
The shop isn't open again until March, and I know how hard it is to let someone see your shop when it's not ready to show off, which makes me appreciate her offer even more! Her hubby showed us around and I snagged some wonderful pieces, all while over her beautiful old building. If you're ever in the Charlotte area it's worth the country drive. Her store is set in a historic building on her farm and full of great character. Tiffany was even kind enough to suggest some other stops.
Our last planned stop of the day was again outside and we were losing sunlight fast. By this point I couldn't feel my face! Clines Antiques is always an adventure. It's a crazy mix of Antiques, oddities and junk yard. You truly never know what you will find.
Day Two and the weather has turned in our favor. I think it took me until morning just to get warm again!
If you've followed us for awhile, you've seen past posts about stopping at The Depot (outside Charlotte). It's a not to be missed antique mall where I spend the better part of an afternoon. At least an hour is dedicated to shopping through their fabric area, and Chris is super happy that during that time he can hit the "Man Cave". Leather sofas and a big screen tv... just in time for all the Super Bowl pre-game shows. And speaking of the fabric area, I'm so excited with some beautiful pieces that are making their way onto a vintage sofa for next month.
This week the trailer and car get unloaded, the shop will start filling back up and the fun of planning begins!
Be sure to watch Facebook or Instagram for photos and peeks at what we brought back! Our March re-opening is always a favorite of mine, and most of that is due to the different pieces we found on the road. Hope to see you this spring!
What a perfect weekend to head out on a new picking adventure! The main destination/event, Lucketts Spring Market, isn't until tomorrow but somehow our trailer is already half full! Our stop today was in Frederick Maryland at Chartruese & Co. Several barns and outside vendors were stocked full! We made it there an hour before they closed but still managed to do a huge amount of damage. We hope to head back Saturday to see what need treasures show up.
Doing the blog from my phone tonight and can't seem to get links working. apologies for any crazy photo sizes 😄
See you all tomorrow!
When you get an invitation to "come and pick through multiple barns of a hoarder", you GO! Our Saturday plans got squeezed to make it work and it was so worth it! Great finds and great people! I actually hope to reconnect with our new friends later for a joint picking trip. Isn't it fun when you meet kindred spirits?
A few photos from today of some great textures and junk.
You have been on the road junking for 3 days. Trailer space is getting limited. Money is getting lower. How do you decide which sales to stop at and what to buy?
For me, I stick to the same rule of thumb all week and I think it would work for you too. Don't waste time stopping where it's likely you'll not find a thing! As we drive we slow down at the smaller sales where it's a family sale or a small group sale, and if I spot toys, little tykes or tables of clothes we hit the gas and keep right on rolling. The odds of that stop having enough items to make it worth your time are small. There are over 600 miles of shopping on this trip, so make it count! When I spot a sale at an old barn, or a large field venue full of dozens of dealers we hit the brakes. They likely
have rusty junk, odd items or something I didn't know I even needed. I do get
pickier as space gets tighter, but where there is a will there is
a way to make it fit!
If you are searching for baby items etc, then just do the reverse! Whatever you are hunting for, the Worlds Longest Yard Sale will have it.
Another lesson learned...
When you are shopping in 95+ degree heat you open all your trailer vents and windows so as to not die of a heat stroke while loading. Great plan! Until you drive into a huge storm and it takes another 20 minutes to remember those open roof vents and windows! ... someone has to get out there, and it's not going to be me! Haha
Starting our road trip four days before the Worlds Longest Yard Sale technically starts means less traffic and first pick... YAY!
But it also means about 50% of the venues aren't set up just yet. Each day will get busier, but today was not much about buying. We drove the sale through part of Ohio and most of Kentucky and hit a few of our favorite venues that we knew would already be setting up, but mostly we sweat! Clear skies and 94 degrees!
We weren't even 2 miles out of Ohio when we spotted a vintage car show. It was great timing to grab lunch and make hubby happy. I spotted the perfect truck in the perfect color, if only I had LOTS of money!
We did manage to find some great stops today, and map out more for out trip back home later this week.
This is the type of thing you watch for while cruising route 127. Lots of farmers rent out their fields for the larger venues. You see a group of tents ahead and slam on the brakes! Each day this week the traffic will get heavier with shoppers, so long
before you see the field you see the line of cars pulled off the road,
and THATS when you hit the brakes!
Leaving earlier tomorrow to beat some of the heat and fill the trailer
a bit more. Wish us luck!
Who Am I?
I've tried it all..hair stylist/faux painter/stay at home mom/jewelry artist/late in life college student. Through all of those former "careers" I have had one constant passion.. a love of junk, flea markets and creating! It took me 30 years to find the courage do this full time and I have finally settled on what I'm going to be when I grow up!