Editor’s Note: This post is a part of our series on Delilah’s annual trip to the 127 Yard Sale. We’ll be back next week with DIY projects, recipes, inspiration and business tips. -Nicole S.
As you read this we are almost back in Southern California with another trip to the 127 Yard Sale under our belt. We have already had a few discussions about next year! I have the feeling that we might have a few people joining us next year!
One of my favorite things about the 127 Yard Sale are the different signs that I encounter on the road. Whether they are church signs, handmade signs, food/drink signs, sale signs or just plain hilarious signs. The signs on the 127 Yard Sale not only tell you where to stop and eat, but also encapsulate the wackiness of the trip as a whole. You just really never know what you are going to find! Every year I post a few of my favorite from the trip.
I hope that in these days of Etsy, Ebay and other e-commerce sites that physical shopping experiences like the 127 Yard sale will withstand technology, because as much work as it is, the experience of the unknown is really a treasure in itself. We have had a blast talking to people, seeing a different part of the country, trying new foods and even shopping for things we didn’t even think we would want! It’s all part of the adventure and at least to us, it is so much more memorable than clicking “BUY” on a website.
So even though I kind of romanticized the 127 Yard Sale, it isn’t all massive Jadeite dish collections while snacking on a handmade fried pie (okay it is a little). If you are planning to “relax” at the 127 Yard Sale, this might not be the trip for you. In the next few months, I will work on a worksheet and checklist to help readers planning to go to the 127 Yard Sale for the first time. My upcoming checklist and worksheet will help you a bit, but in the meantime, keep the following in mind:
-If you are not good in hot weather, this might not be the right situation for you. Kentucky and Tennessee are extremely hot and humid. Don’t expect to find outdoor patios with spray misters. The only cold areas will be in your hotel or car.
-A typical day: You should be packed and ready to go (aka in the car) by 9:00am. Especially if you want to cover two states like we do, you need to be on the go early. We wake up at 7:00am, repack our cooler/car, make a snack from the hotel continental breakfast and are on the road by 8:30/9:00am. Stops are typically 30 minutes to one and a half hours (with four to six stops per day). We arrive at our day’s destination by 4:00/5:30pm. Once we arrive we head straight to dinner (aka trying to find a place to eat), then to the hotel to shower off the heat and sweat from the day, then we try to relax and work for a bit and head to bed by 11:00/12:30pm.
-Be prepared to spend money. It’s not that it is super expensive but if you are traveling from far, all of that is going to add up. Plus this is a shopping trip. Make sure you have a list so you don’t go nuts! Start saving and figure out a daily budget. I suggest $100-300 per day on the 127 Yard Sale (not including food/drink/gas/hotel). You can vary this depending on your budget.
I will do a post on how to plan for a trip to the 127 Yard Sale in a few months with a checklist and reminders of when to RSVP for hotels. I’ll also include a few recipes and cocktails from the trip because I have been so inspired by all the items we have tried! If you do plan on going to the 127 Yard sale next year, please let me know. Maybe we can meet up and say hello!