we only had a few stops, but it was a long day…the car is getting full!
on this post i’ll list the places we stopped, there are 3 that are a must when traveling this section. pardon the “names” i am giving the markets, there is no formal one i know of.
1. south of crossville, large outdoor market on the left across the street from a bank & dollar store: this is 5 min outside of town and it has grown considerably. major scores on kitchen items
2. 127 & angle lockheart rd – aka buck creek antiques! you will be driving for a bit, there are some good stops but the stop we are looking for is right after the rock city barn there will be a market that covers both sides of the road but mostly on the left. buck creek is right next to the driveway on the left, back is to 127.
one thing for sure one this stop- i don’t care how nice the summer is this year, this stop is always the hottest and muggiest stop. i think it is in a valley, so there is no wind…get a lemonade asap!
Usually we hit this spot on sunday, our last day of the trip so we within 10 seconds of entering buck creek’s booth we heard, “you’re early!” – they remember us!!! immediately i started taking pictures- this group has an eye for merchandizing and is so particular and meticulous with every piece… items are placed in ways that lend itself to a story and all the items are well taken care of. the location is sweltering but this vendor is worth it.
3. signal mountain: this is not a trip for people who are car sick. in fact, this and lookout mountain (that takes you to the Alabama part of 127), i would avoid. however if you are OK with the curves o the road, the top of the mountain has a great stop.
first one is at the firehouse, it has about 20-30 vendors- had a few good finds. the next one is 2-3 minutes from firehouse and has double the vendors and one thing we haven’s seen the entire trip- vegetarian- specific fare. in the center of the market is a corn dog booth that serves tofu dogs and you can get them with jalapeno batter and fee refills on lemonade – bam!