Sunday, July 31, 2011

The World’s Longest Yard Sale

AKA 127 Corridor Sale OR

Sue and Kathie’s Excellent Adventure

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The countdown in on, less than 5 days until I am able to check another item off my Bucket List, and attend The World’s Longest Yard Sale.  We, my thrifty shopping friend Kathie, and I,  are starting this year taking baby steps by only doing a small leg of the sale in a long day trip.  Instead of going south, we live near Cincinnati, we have decided to go north thru Ohio.  This is the 24th Year for the Sale, but only the 6th year that Ohio is participating.  The Sale goes along  RT. 27 -675 Miles From Hudson, Michigan to Gadsden, Alabama!  And in-between there are hundreds and hundreds of garage sales, tag sales, barn sales, church sales, antique sales, and I cant wait to  go to as many as we can, in one day.  I was in Wal Mart yesterday returning an item when the woman in line behind me and I started talking, which is something I never almost always do, ha, somehow we started talking about The World’s Longest yard sale, and she said she has been, and that it was awesome, but she wanted to give me a tip, “When you see a bathroom, USE IT, even if you think you don’t have to, because you never know when you will see another one”. Good advice especially  for 2- 40something women.

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There are several websites giving lots of information on the big Sale, we are taking notes and putting our World’s Longest Yard Sale survival packs together,

What to bring, according to

  • cell phone —
  • rain jacket, sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat — Yes, all four at once.
  • layers of clothing —
  • comfortable shoes — Many of these sales are in fields, and mud is always likely. Have a pair to wear and a pair to switch into while in the car, or a pair
  • Box, bag, packing material— Last year my shopping friend and I each had a big box in the back of the SUV to put our smaller items in after each stop.
  • cash — Bring a variety of small bills. Most sellers don't take checks;
  • camera — Even just a disposable one will do, but bring one along, especially if you've never been to this part of the country before. You're in the land of rolling hills, historic farmlands, and old Southern towns with names like Lick Skillet, Shake Rag and Turkey Foot — there's bound to be something you want to photograph.

gloves/antibacterial hand gels/wet wipes —

 road-trip music — Bring your cassettes and CDs for the stretches of rural highway with poor radio reception.

measuring tape — Don't forget to also measure the space where the thing you want will go. Otherwise, the measuring tape won't do you much good.

flashlight, magnifying glass —

small plastic zipper bags — For any small parts, screws, bolts, hardware, etc. that you don't want to lose, plus they are good temporary wallets for walking through field sales, allowing you to leave your real wallet and/or purse locked safely out of sight in the car.

  • tarp, rope — Especially if you have a pickup truck, but also maybe if you have an enclosed SUV, because inevitably something won't fit all the way in it, and if hundreds of other shoppers need a tarp, you might have to drive a piece before you find a store that isn't sold out.
  • All great ideas, but I’m starting to wonder if we’ll have room in Kathie’s husbands truck for our treasures if we take all this stuff, ha.
  • So it’s T-minus 5 days and counting, and I for one can’t wait! Some things we are looking for for ourselves, and friends; old scales, globes, old keys, chairs,old books, old fans…….

    Thanks for stopping by, Sue

    Thursday, July 7, 2011


    Yesterday I went to the Whites Farm Flea Market in Brookville, Indiana.  And it was a big success!!!  I met my partner in crime, Kathie at 6:45 am,well, ok, it was 7am I was running a little late, sorry again Kathie, and off we went on our big adventure.  This is the 3rd or 4th time we have gone to this flea market, help only on Wednesday’s, year round, on the White’s Family Farm.  There were at least twice as many vendors there as have been, and we had a great time!!  I went looking for an old fan, that worked, for the guest bedroom, it will have a guest in it next week, and SCORE, I found one, on the first booth we hit!  A silver one,  it works great, and I got it for……$3, yep only $3 !!  I love it!  No haggling needed!whites farm finds 009

    The next item I was searching for, was a wire basket, I think they used to hold oil cans.  I had just seen one online, but with shipping that little sucker would have been over $30 and it was small, well, I found one at another booth for just $15, I tried to haggle, but they knew it was a great deal, and I knew it was a great deal, so I quickly paid them their money and off we went.  Next we found an item that Kathie was looking for an old watering can, it was can we say, UGLY, but with a can of spray paint it will be absolutely adorable! Next she found the cutest bench, small size for her grandchildren, made from some wood and spindles, and a twin size headboard, we asked how much, and SCORE, the guy was only charging $15 for it, well, obviously that was coming home with us too, ha.  I then found a cute old balance scale, $15, a rolling pin, $2.25, a cute tin vase with scarecrows on it, that I think will be adorable with big branches in it for Halloween, $3, and a cute bunch of acorns, $1 for fall decorating.  whites farm finds 008

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    Not too bad for $39.25!!  Kathie found a few other items too.  She is doing table centerpieces for a birthday party and the theme is The Wizard of OZ, and we found a perfect oil can, an adorable stuffed 3 foot tall W.o.O scarecrow, and 2 yards for blue and white gingham check, perfect for Dorothy!!!

    All and all we had a great morning good buys, and a lot of laughs, thanks Kathie!!  And thank you for stopping by!!



    Friday, July 1, 2011

    Straight out of the pages of Southern Living Magazine

    A Few weeks ago I got a call from a good friend.  She was at work, she is an interior decorator at a really cute shop called Sacksteder Interiors, located in New Trenton, IN .  A coworker of hers wanted to have a luncheon and I was invited.  Well after running a home daycare for over 20 years and basically missing out on lunches and shopping dates with friends for all those years,  I try always to be available when opportunities like this present themselves.

    I had heard about Jackie’s house and was excited to get to see it in person.  Well to say it didn’t disappoint is an understatement.  When we arrived Jackie had a pretty table set outside.  The weather couldn’t have been more perfect, no humidity and a perfect breeze blowing.  Jackie's house 035  

    Here is her pretty house, built in the 1830’s, can you say LOVE IT!!

    She had these adorable terra cotta plants at each place setting filled with Thyme that she had grown, so perfect!

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    “Never Enough Thyme For Good Friends”

    We had a delicious lunch with chicken salad, grilled salmon, deviled eggs, bean salad, and a fresh fruit salad.

    After lunch Jackie gave us the Grand Tour of her great home.  Jackie is a mom of 4 and a grandmom of 8 and family is everything to her and husband, a retired police officer.  Their home is set up to entertain their family with many many family dinners, here is the dining room when you walk in from the back patio.

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    Both tables open up to accommodate their growing family.  The cool sideboard above was once a harvest table that Jackie made herself, and then redid into a sideboard to hold dishes, and her coffee maker.  Jackie has been redoing and painting furniture for years, she was so ahead of her time!!

    Jackie loves to cook, and her pretty kitchen probably makes cooking a joy!

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    All four of her children live within a couple minutes drive of her home.  Jackie and her husband have been known on way more then one occasion  to drop by their kids homes at bedtime to bring a piece of candy or an ice cream treat to their adorable grandchildren.  Isnt that the sweetest thing??

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    Their home has three sweet bedrooms upstairs, and there’s often a couple grandchildren enjoying a sleepover!

    Jackie bought a few well maybe a few more then a few Longaberger baskets back in the day.  She figured out a great way to display them, I love it!!

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    Yep, she hung them from the rafters of her living room.  A living room that had 3 layers of drop ceiling, until she decided that wasn’t the look for her and tore them all down, and wheelbarreled them out of the room, all while her husband was at work!! HA!

    Of course this adorable home would have a clawfoot tub!

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    Jackie’s outdoor space is spectacular.  They have a wonderful built in pool that is the center of lots of fun in the summer.  There is a fully stocked refrigerator in the barn, to make getting a drink so easy.  Also in the barn is a wall of pics of all the grandchildren from over the years.  And a line of hooks that holds the grand kids bathing suits and towels, each with their name stenciled above.  Jackie and her husband spend a lot of time outside tending to all their flower and herb and vegetable gardens and you can tell, and she has an adorable potting shed too .

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    As if it isn't obvious, I loved this home and had a wonderful time at lunch, thanks again Jackie for including me!! 

    Martha Stewart eat your heart out!!  Jackie’s got this living well thing down to a tee!!

    Thanks for stopping by,  Sue