I don’t know if it because we know exactly where to go or maybe we have been having too much fun, but before we knew it we had reached day four of the trip already!
We have been starting to move items around in the car—no, wait… we HAVE BEEN moving things around the car. A big part of this trip is packing and repacking literally daily (and often a few times a day depending on what you find). I find that those hours of “playing Tetris” when I was younger have really paid off (see Mom LOL)! But really you have to account for large items, breakables, your own belongings and things you might need throughout the drive…all of these things matter while organizing your vehicle as you move along the yard sale. Of course we forgot to bring boxes so the local liquor store across the street from us had a number of wine boxes that we managed to grab and use for breakables, thank goodness!
Crossville is filled with yard sales, this city and Jamestown are the big market areas for 127 and if you are new to the yard sale, you can spend the whole time using Crossville as your base and explore just north and south of the city. But we had our usual plans and one was a regular stop for the past three years right in town for one particular vendor.
There are two vendors, usually on the last day who I love the most because of their product selection, care of items for sale and merchandizing. These vendors in my mind really bring it. You will always find something at each place because not only do they have excellent taste but they care for their items and when you talk to them, you can tell that they truly love what they do.
Hooked on Vintage: based out of North Carolina normally but in Crossville’s larger 127 main set-ups you wont miss this booth. Lisa and her husband do an outstanding job selecting clothing, textiles, jewelry, artwork and dishes from the turn of the century to the 1970’s. Their color scheme tends towards white and pastels but I find this incredibly refreshing. Their beautiful displays have a feminine vibe and are so well-staged that to take a great photo all you have to do is point and shoot. They also have a great selection of books and records for those of you (like my husband) who isn’t as drawn to the feminine stuff.
Buck Creek Antiques: I talk about this booth EVERY YEAR! It’s my personal favorite and it now kind of seems that our whole trip is dedicated to visiting this booth in a marketplace set up at Ruby Falls, TN in what is always the hottest and most humid stop (in a valley about one hour south of Crossville) on 127. Knives, fermenting crocks, beautifully seasoned cast iron, books and photos all staged on Pendleton blankets/rugs as if they were always meant to be there. Its worth the heat to visit and I ALWAYS find a treasure or 10 there.
We ended our 127 trip on Signal Mountain of course with the obligatory vegetarian-jalapeno corn dog and a few more treasures before a massive storm was about to approach the area in the late afternoon. On to the Southwest and home. We are exhausted but happy!!
FINDS OF THE DAY: a few gifts for the team at Alta Baja Market, an old dolly (I have been wanting one for a while- it’s the only “big” item we bought-everything was super small/fit a box this year), a set of three nesting dark green Pyrex bowls, a few old cookbooks, pickled cayenne peppers and heirloom tomatoes that I hope to save the seeds for next year’s garden.