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!
SCORE! I'm so excited about this mornings first buy of the day! I have had my eyes peeled for a huge old windmill and this partial fits the bill. Going to be so gorgeous on someones wall, don't you think?
We started early today to try and beat the heat, but since we were still shopping at 6pm the heat had long since wiped us out! With a heat index of 98 degrees we couldn't get to our hotel and get a cold shower fast enough tonight. It's late and we are exhausted, so today will be more of a photo gallery share....
Sights and Treasures From Today
Beverly Hillbillies perhaps?
Loved this camper! This vendor hand stenciled the entire thing!
We can't forget the cars and trucks from today. A few of the best....
A man can dream....
Anyone have $7600 they want to loan me?
We will see you all again tomorrow for Day 3!
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!