The Longest Yard Sale

At the beginning of August our vacation started in Savannah, GA. From there we went to Asheville, NC to visit some awesome galleries and art studios and then on to Tennessee where we picked up the yard sale trail.

The first couple of sales we went to were side by side. We didn’t find anything. The weather looked like it wasn’t going to cooperate so we by passed a couple sales and stopped at what looked like a very interesting mix of items. Within 30 minutes the sky opened up. Holy Cow!!! I haven’t been in that much steady rain in long time. Luckily for me Susi, the woman holding the yard sale, was very interesting and forthcoming with information about all kinds of things. She and I struck up a conversation that kept me there for over an hour. She not only had things under tents but she also had many, many, wonderful things in a building (what better way to pass away time in the rain than in a building full of the STUFF). After we left Susie’s we passed only blue tarped sales – very sad for the folks that put so much time and effort into preparing for the sale. We were in a remote location so we were thrilled to find a FABULOUS restaurant- Moonlight Bistro in Mentone, Alabama – we had a fried catfish sandwiches. After that there was nothing for us to do but drive on home. I have Susie’s address logged in my car’s GPS for next year 😉

These are my treasures:

An old wooden drawer with old erector set parts. Love, love the wheels. I insisted Susie NOT clean them up. I spent more than I usually would – $20.

This is an old winder thing. It attaches to a bench and spins the spool. Originally it probably wound wire – $10. I just needed it.

This is a silver plated vase – $2. I plan on making a head and torso to fit the top. The spoon is metal ware 25 cents. Next to that are two fishing lures – $1 ea.

These are sooooo cool. They’re antique embroidery stamps. The metal is standing on end on the wood stamp and makes a fine line when stamped.

Way cool old clock that could become a head. The face is bright gold is in perfect condition and could be used elsewhere – $1. Old collander – a hat – $1. Cigarette cards – FREE and two more old fishing lures. EUREKA!

I got three old negatives on glass for $2.50 ea. This is a baby in an elaborate wicker carriage.


This was a cool decanter that I could use the head for something else and a hand made, from a tree, wooden box with drawers – looks like an owl that needs a body. The old scraper, well that’s yet to be dertermined