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


    Robin said...

    Awwww man, I wish you were coming South and maybe we could meet in the middle! LOL Marty is supposed to have a 3 1/2 day weekend next week and it would be fun to go for at least one day. Maybe I can talk him into it!

    kathie v said...

    well partner, I printed off the things to bring and do list.I'm starting the planning of truck space vs. treasures we find! I'm working on some mapping( you know that's right up my alley)Kennel has been called and set, I'm really excited about trying something so fun sounding:)

    "Alone again.... naturally!" said...

    Omg....take ME with you PLEASE!! We have nothing like that where we live! Have a great time and hope you find some amazing stuff...there is just one thing you forgot on your list...toilet paper, just in case, lol. I am think though that a truck may not be big enough!

    Rosemary@villabarnes said...

    I would be dangerous at a sale like this. Happy hunting!

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