As part of my annual tradition, my closing blog post from the sale is always a collection of my favorite signs from the trip (there’s always a new batch every year).
I looked at last year’s post about the trip and I realized that I was going to launch the checklist/planner for yard sales this year, boy am I late on that! Never fear because during this trip I have been working on one and hear me now: I promise to have something to download before the holidays (PROMISE)!
This year was lots of fun and unlike past years, most of the items we purchased were pretty small which is wonderful because we have to pick up a number of orders for my shop Alta Baja Market in New Mexico. One of the highlights from this trip was staying at the Beaumont Inn and it will most definitely be a regular stop on future trips. One thing I noticed this year is that the turnout at the Kentucky stops was noticeably smaller while the Tennessee stops seemed to have a larger turnout than in the past (I don’t know if that was due to the weather but it’s for sure something to notice and pay attention to next year).
Do you want to do the 127 yard sale? I’ve had a number of people over the years tell me that they want to go but like I’ve said in the past there are a few things I advise:
- If you live on the West Coast, expect to spend at LEAST just over a week on the trip. Two days to drive (and that’s if you are nuts like us), four days for the actual sale and three days to get back home —basically you are already in for nine days. You need to really think about if this is how you want to spend your vacation time and be realistic. Remember, you are not going to find everything…this is a hunt and you may come up empty handed.
- If you decide to go… RSVP ASAP! We always reserve rooms in April and one of our main stays in Albany was already booked (which was fine because we met some great people at our motel) but if you do want to make the trip you must decide early in the year, plan your route and reserve your hotels.
- This is not glamorous! Expect dirt, mud, rust, humidity, heat, porto-potties, sweat, and walking around in these unglamorous conditions. ALL. DAY. LONG. And, as I mentioned you you may not find what you are looking for at the sale.
- By the end of this year I’ll have the 127 Yard Sale checklist available for download. So, if you really, really want to go, you’ll be able to download it and being preparing. Think about what you want to buy and your budget, grab a few friends who want to join to and go for it!
I’ll be posting next from New Mexico!
AND… Here are my favorite signs from the 127 Yard Sale 2016!