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Happy Monday!

I hope everyone had a great weekend.  My weekend flew by and although I didn’t get everything checked off on my list, I did spend a lot of time in the garage sorting through stuff getting ready for a big Upscale Yard Sale that will be taking place in two weeks.  If you live in Atlanta or the surrounding area, you’ll want to mark your calendar for this one ’cause it’s gonna be great.  More details at the end of this post.
Since my mind is in a SALE mode, I thought I’d bring you a fun post today all about Etsy.  If you’re not familiar with Etsy, it’s an on-line marketplace full of the best handmade & vintage goods and supplies for making things. (more…)

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Top of the morning to everyone.  I hope you had a good weekend!
I spent a good chunk of my weekend thrifting at a few local haunts and made a trip to Scott Antique Market to see what goodies I could find there.  I didn’t attend Scott last month so I was excited for the show this month.  One of my favorite vendors at the show brings boxes and boxes of items he purchases from estate sales, auctions and antique dealers.  His usual set-up consist of about 20+ tables loaded with stuff, some good and some on the “junk” side.  Looking through his tables is always an experience and most times I come away with a few good pieces.  I buy most of my milk glass from him and he always has piles and piles of vintage jewelry which is a draw for me.
Whenever I go to Scott to shop “my guy” as I affectionately call him, I go on Thursday, the first day the show opens. His stuff sells fast and there is always a crowd.  I’ll make sure to take photos of his space next month and show you the madness.
Anyhow, here’s a look-see at what I picked up from Scott’s and a few other spots around town.
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I found this old scale and couldn’t resist. $8.00!
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These vintage McLaughlin Milk glass bottles were a great find at only $3.00 each.  I’ve seen these selling on-line for as much as $40.00 a piece.
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I adore vintage jewelry!
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I’ve wanted to start collecting ironstone and was thrilled to find this piece for $5.00.   I feel a new obsession collection starting to build.
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 Aren’t these woven knobs cute?  “My guy” sold me these for .50 each.
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This was probably my best buy from Scotts.  These unfinished oval frames which measured 48″ x 32″ were $5.00 a piece.  Image the mirror, chalkboard, corkboard options!
 After making my purchases at Scott’s I made the rounds and snapped a few photos of things that caught my eye.
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 Love this mid-century modern lamp at the Parker Kennedy booth.  David and Lance always have a stunning booth filled with incredible pieces.
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This gorgeous chest is also a Parker Kennedy piece.  That hardware is to die for!
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 I loved this tabletop vignette.
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 A stunning piece of furniture!
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Arched top shutters…so beautiful. I would use these pieces inside a home as décor.
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 This Grandmother clock was fabulous.
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Another pretty piece of furniture. The mirrored back and scalloped detailing really gave this piece its uniqueness.
After Scott’s I stopped at my one of my favorite flea markets and found a few things…
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  I’ve had great luck selling the other scales I’ve come across in my Etsy shop so this one will be headed there as soon as I clean it up a bit. This one is large and a really beauty.
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I also found this Mottaheda Pinecone Finial( turned lamp) for $14.00.  This baby is solid brass and gorgeous.  I spotted the finial selling on-line for $200!
I’m so fortunate that Atlanta and the surrounding suburbs have lots of antique stores, thrift shops and flea markets to shop at.  A few days before Scott’s my friend Dorothy and I made a trip to visit Antique Traditions and on the way there we spotted church thrift store.  Of course we had to make a U-turn and pop in for a visit.
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 I picked up this beautiful blue glass bowl for $2.00 and the slate blue egg cups for .25 each.
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And this original oil painting was $4.00.
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I also found a pair of ornate wall plaques with a mirrored center .  These pieces hang vertically and will look great flanking a larger mirror.
And finally, I found what is likely to be one of my most favorite pieces ever at an auction I attended last week.
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This stunning cuckoo clock made my heart flutter.  I love the detailing and the old world charm it has.  I was told by someone at the auction to get it appraised but what I know so far is that it is a Schneider Black Forest Cuckoo Clock, maybe worth in the hundreds!
All in all, the past few days have resulted in some of my best thrifting finds.   I love the thrill of the hunt and coming home with a few things to keep or sell in my shops is always good!

XO Shelly

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Whenever I get the chance to drop in to a new flea market I do.  While we were in Louisville over the weekend I popped into what appeared to be a run down market only to be surprised by the bargains that awaited me!

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Isn’t this marbleized cobalt blue ice bucket chic?!  And for only $15.00!

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I have a love for milk glass and was thrilled to find this lidded jar for only $8.00.  I love the scroll pattern and the lid handle.

 

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This brass planter was the bargain of the day.  It’s super heavy, has really cool handles and bun feet and it was $6.00!!!!  Yeah me!

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A vintage glass dyers has been on my shopping list for a while now and I was doing the happy dance because this beauty only cost me $15.00.

 

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And finally another  addition to my handbag collection.  This sleek black clutch with a bright red lining was, wait for it…..$5.00!!!

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This is why I love to thrift!

If you’re in or near Louisville plan a visit to:

J Town Mall of Vendors
10000 Taylorsville Road
Louisville, KY 40299

I’ll be back tomorrow with a little DIY project I know you’ll love.

XO Shelly

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Happy Friday!
Just wanted to pop in today and give you a peek at a beautiful piece I found while attending Scott Antique Market yesterday.  A woman standing next to me asked if she could look at it and after turning it over replied “that’s a good find”.  I did a little research and all I know for now is that it is a piece of La Cartuja De Sevilla porcelain.
I only spent about two hours at the market before I was overcome by an allergy attack and had to leave but I did find a few other good items and will be back Monday to share all my treasures. If you’re shopping this weekend, I hope you find some goodies too!

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Check in tomorrow for a bit of inspiration and weekend reads!

XO Shelly

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Warning…this is an image heavy post but it’s all good stuff!

Despite lots of design projects, crafting and family visiting in February, I was able to sneak in a few shopping trips to some of my favorite and one new shopping destination.  Here is was I saw and bought.

I did go to the Scott Antique Market and was once again wowed but the incredible selection of furniture, textiles and vintage pieces available.

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A beautiful mirrored cabinet ideal as a nightstand!
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I  really liked this desk…the finish, the shelves and the hardware!
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Adorable grain sack tote bags!
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This massive entertainment unit is handmade right here in the US of A!  Stunning.
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While the antler look is not my style, I can really appreciate the artistry that goes in to creating a design around them.  These large antlers were used to create a fun centerpiece.
{Sarah, how about this a the foundation to a holiday centerpiece?  I can see the creative wheels in your head turning.  Coming to an Etsy shop near you???}
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Yet another fabulous ottoman style from one of the vendors.  Scott is becoming a great resource for unique and well-priced custom ottomans.
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I see vintage beverage crates all the time but this vendor had a huge selection of crates from bottling companies that I’ve never heard of before.  Most of these were priced between $20 and $50.
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This sign was plucked from an old diner and was pretty awesome. In the right farm-house style kitchen this would look great.

Mid-month I  finally made it to a vintage shop/flea market that I’ve wanted to go to for a while.  Here’s what I saw…

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Framed needlepoint art.  I admire anyone who can needlepoint like this.
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A vintage wool blanket.
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 Beautiful gold-rimmed plates.
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 This vintage pail was glammed up a bit with a burlap label.  So cute!  I didn’t buy this pail but I did buy some plain ones for $2.00 each that I plan to decorate myself.
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   I thought this old cigar mold would be pretty cool in an art studio or craft space to hold markers or colored pencils.
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 Vintage pie tins turned into unique mirror frames.
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 I am so loving this idea of using an old candelabra globe as a mini cloche.  I’ve always passed these up when shopping but now they are being added to my shopping list!
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 I bought these egg cups!
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I’m on the hunt of vintage clocks and one of these made it home with me.
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 Loved this metal feed pail.  I can think of a hundred ways to decorate with it each season.
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 I so wanted this antique chest with all of its amazing hardware but no go!

Next up was one of my favorite flea markets, which I kindly refer to as a dive.  This place is filled to the rafters with stuff,  a lot of good pieces and lots of junk.  The dealers at this shop are always bringing in new items so every time I go it’s an adventure.

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This hand-painted table was a great deal at $125 and didn’t last long.  It sold before I left the store.
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I’m coming across lots of handcrafted art lately and really loved these yarn flowers.  These would be a fun addition to a girls room or as part of a gallery wall.
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I have a thing for mirrors and loved this round beauty.
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This was a large original oil painting that would look great at a beach property or lake house.
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Incredible string and nail art.  I remember making these as a kid but nothing this elaborate.  I think this would look awesome in a study or man’s office.
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Such amazing chairs.  I could see these painted a fun, vibrant color with an upholstered seat.  They were already sold!

A finally I made a quick trip through Ikea.  I was happy to see that their new catalog is out and that the store is undergoing lots of vignette changes.  There were a few new items in the store but I’ve heard that most of the new pieces and new vignettes will be unveiled next week. Oh darn, I guess I’ll have to make another trip.

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The new catalog.  If you get yours by mail it should be arriving very soon.
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I posted a picture of this pillow on Instagram (@confettistyle) and shared the incredible price…$9.99!
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Love this coconut palm leaf basket.  It almost looked like a short animal skin.
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A pretty fab chair for a breakfast area or as an accent chair.
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I don’t need a desk lamp but loved the sleek style of this one.
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I can never pass up a piece that offers lots of versatility. Such a bargain at $14.99.
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I have a slight obsession with the paper napkins from Ikea and couldn’t resist these striped beauties. $1.49 a pack.
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These smoke gray goblets were stunning and at only $5.99 each a few had to come home with me.
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This black and ivory pillow cover is only $10.00.   It is a great weight and the pattern is so fresh and bold.
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For those of you that don’t know, Ikea has a fabric department where you cut your own fabric.  All the fabrics are $8.99 a yard and they have a variety of patterns to choose from.  The dots above are oil cloth and would be great to use as a tablecloth or upholstery fabric for kitchen chairs.
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This was a pretty cool abstract print.  I loved the black, off-white and green color combo.
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They have lots of traditional patterns too.  Bold plaids, mini stripes and wider awning stripes.  All of these fabrics could be used for stylish curtain panels.
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Some fun florals.
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There is lots of color being added to the lighting department.  The paper lanterns would be great in a young girls room, nursery or in a casual sunroom.
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Classic drum shades with a splash of color.
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And finally some striped baskets that could be used as planters, magazine baskets or for toy storage.

All in all, February was a good shopping month.  Scott Antique market is just a week away and the fun starts all over again.

Have a great weekend and if shopping is on your list, I hope you find something great.

XO Shelly

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So, did you have a great weekend? Mine was awesome!  I got lots of work done, had some much-needed down time and loved watching the Super Bowl!
Beyoncé was fabulous and my favorite commercials were the Dodge Ram commercial about farmers, the Budweiser commercial with the Clydesdale and the Doritos commercial with the little girl and her dad.
Today I wanted to share photos of a new vintage shop I recently visited but first I have to give you a bit of background…
Have you ever met someone and wondered why your paths crossed? I have. Take Kenya for example. Last year I attended a workshop at Anthropologie with my friend Tina. I was one of the first to arrive and sat at the end of one table. As more people arrived they sat at various places around the tables leaving several spots near me vacant. Two more people showed up and took the seats next to me and Tina. During the course of the workshop the four of us chatted a bit and share a bit about our professions and hobbies. Come to find out that all of us love vintage and love to shop flea markets, estate sales, garage sales and thrift stores. Come to find out that Kenya loves vintage so much that she was planning to open a little shop in a barn in Senoia, GA, outside Atlanta. As we all chatted it was clear to me that our paths crossed for a reason.
Before we parted ways, I gave Kenya one of my business cards. She was interested in looking at some of my handmade jewelry which I sell on my Etsy shop, and wanted to keep in touch. Kenya and I talked a few times in November of last year and one of the things we discussed was putting some of my jewelry pieces in her soon to be shop. As Kenya and I got to know each other, I thought again that our paths were meant to cross!
Kenya opened her shop, Greenhouse Barn in December last year and it was a big success. I had plans to get some of my pieces in the shop for the opening but my feature in Country Living Magazine and my holiday design work kept me too busy to make it happen. Well, fast forward to last week when I took a little drive to the Greenhouse Barn to see Kenya’s dream shop and to discuss plans for selling some of my pieces in the store. I was blown away at what a cute little shop the Greenhouse Barn is.
The barn is located one block off the main street in Senoia, GA, about an hour and 15 minutes outside Atlanta. Senoia is known not only as being a quaint little southern town but also because it is where the show The Walking Dead is filmed. Greenhouse Barn is a rustic little red barn that sits behind a historic Inn and is filled with lots of vintage wares ranging  from furniture and accessories to salvaged and reclaimed pieces. And oh is it a charming little shop!
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Greenhouse sits on a pretty piece of property and the charm starts on the outside.

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Loved these slated tiles!

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 This mailbox was super large and so cool!

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The view looking into the shop from the front door.

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I’m proud to say that some of my jewelry and other handcrafted pieces will be available for sale at Greenhouse by mid February. 
Thanks Kenya, I’m so glad our paths crossed!
 
For those of you living in Atlanta, I hope you’ll plan a trip to Greenhouse and for those of you that don’t, stop by and Like the Greenhouse Facebook page and stay connected that way!
 
 
GreenHouse Barn
252 Seavy Street,
Senoia, GA
Open Thur., Fri., Sat. 10:00-5:00
 

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Last weekend my friend Dorothy and I attended the Country Living Fair at Stone Mountain outside Atlanta.  This is the 3rd year that Country Living has brought the fair to Atlanta and the weekend couldn’t have been more ideal.

 What I love most about the fair is seeing all the amazing handcrafted and vintage goods.  The selection ranges from rustic to chic and there is something for everyone.

Here’s Dorothy standing by the signature pumpkin stack at the entrance of the fair.

There was lots of original hand painted art. I love the bowl of red flowers on the red background.

Every year the Country Living shop has some wonderful tablescapes on display!

I spotted those round wine barrel corks with the numbers for only $2.00 at a vendor.

Love this pumpkin flower vase. A hole was cut into the pumpkin and the bottom of a plastic water bottle was inserted to hold the flowers.

All of the Country Living Books were on sale at the CL store.  These were two of my favorites!

There were so many incredible pieces of jewelry for sale  Lots of beautiful junk, vintage pieces and findings repurposed into beautiful necklaces.

If you love “junk’ this was the place to be.

 

Lots of industrial furniture and accessory pieces.

 

These handcrafted pillow covers were so cute.

An old door knob turned picture holder.

 These wings made from rolled sheet music were stunning!

I loved this vintage iron wall sculpture!

 One of my favorite vendors, Happy Chair was back again this year with some awesome designs.  Check out the wood pediment on the top of this chair.

 

This floor clock was made from various machine parts and vintage pieces.  Crafted by Jill Schwartz.

 I so wanted to buy this vintage sign.  Too cute!

The Sisters on The Fly were there again with their amazing trailers.

More industrial pieces.

 This vendor had so many cool vintage scales for sale.

And, everywhere you looked there were bins and baskets full of vintage goodies.

I’m already looking forward to the Country Living Fair next year.  It makes for a great outing and I always get my fill of design inspiration!

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 As I mentioned in yesterday’s post recap of our Longest Yard Sale trip, we shopped our way from Kentucky to Alabama. 

 Before I left home, I created a list of items I hoped to find and am glad to say that most of the items got checked off my list. 

 My Shopping list included:

 

VINTAGE TYPEWRITER–I’ve wanted one of these for a few years.
MIRRORS–I found one that I really like.  I plan to paint the frame black or white.
VINTAGE SCALE–Another item that I have wanted for a while.  I seen lots at the markets I attend but most are priced above what I want to pay.  The one I found on our trip was $15.00!
VINTAGE RUBBER STAMPS–Found a few to add to my rubber stamp collection, now over 1100!
VINTAGE JEWELRY–I was looking for jewelry that I could repurpose into the jewelry I make and sell on my Etsy Shop.  I found some really cool hardware pieces and some great rhinestone pieces too!
VINTAGE LINENS—Didn’t find much that I wanted to buy expect a few vintage hankies!
OWLS–I’m on an Owl kick lately but didn’t find anything that floated my boat.
LETTERS and TYPOGRAPHY–I purchased some cool metal letters and an ampersand sign–Great buy for $4.00!
CLOCKS–Funny but I didn’t see much in this category.

 

And, here are photos of a few items I purchased…

 

Love this vintage gold necklace I bought!

 

I found lots of rhinestone pieces with nothing over $1.50 a pair.

 

Beautiful vintage crystal knobs.

 

A classic wood bench for $8.00.  I have plans to reupholster and paint this guy.

 

These are only a few of the pieces I picked up at the Everything $1.00 vendor.

 

Some old rubber stamps.

 

E and S for Eugene and Shelly!

I didn’t buy this art for the images but for the chunky bold frames–$8.00 for the pair!  WhooHoo!

A pretty ornate frame that will look great with some paint.

 

This chunky wood frame was purchased in the rain for only $8.00.  Another stellar find! 

Vintage yarn spools and a ceramic glove mold which I see a lot but not for $9.00 which is what I paid for it.

My vintage typewriter!  It is in excellent condition and it puts a smile on my face.

 

 Love my vintage scale!  I bargained for this and won!

 I found lots of cool vintage hardware pieces I’ll create jewelry with.

 A beautiful silver plate serving piece.  I’m thinking of using the bottom as a planter and will repurpose the top into something else.

 

Tiara Black Diamond Cocktail Set–Ice Bucket and six DOF’s

 

 Vintage Salt Cellars!

 And, beautiful vintage hankies!

Now that you’ve seen some of the items I purchased, I want to share a few tips on shopping the sale with you.  This was the second year I attended the sale and between the two years I’ve learned a lot.

1.  Plan your route early and make hotel reservations!  Most of the hotels along the route sell out several months in advance and many raise their rates beyond your wildest dreams.  Yes, Super 8 was charging $250 for a room over the weekend.    I found a great room at the Crossville, TN Best Western for $90.  Not only was the hotel nice, offering a free hot breakfast but it was located right off interstate 40 so there were lots of stores, gas stations and restaurants in the area.  This will definitely be a stop for next year.

The other towns I’d look to stay in is Danville, KY or Albany, KY.

2.  Kentucky has the best selection and some of the best prices.  Last year we drove from Alabama up north to Chattanooga and although I found some good deals I heard from many people that Kentucky was the place to shop.  I also read the blog post from Eddie Ross on the items he found last year during the sale shopping between Kentucky and Chattanooga.  Based on this info. we decided this year to drive to Kentucky and come south. 

All along the route you’ll find large pockets of vendors set up to sell items.  Kentucky had more of these than Tennessee or Georgia.  In some places over 500 vendors were set up.  Frankfort, Danville and Liberty, KY all had major shopping areas.  Crossville, TN was also one of the spot we heard that HGTV films at.

In my opinion stopping at these larger shopping spots paid off more than stopping more often at smaller venues.    

3.  If you love it, buy it!  Don’t pass up something you love because I promise you’ll be thinking about it for the rest of the trip.  The Longest Yard Sale is not a place you want to muddle over your purchase.  If it fits your budget and you love it, go for it because there are lots of people looking over your shoulder.  My friend Tina snagged a $15 chair from under two women because she didn’t stop to think about it. 

4.  Negotiate the price!  All of the vendors selling along the route are willing and expect to bargain on their prices.  I always ask “is this the best price you can do?’ and they always come down on the price.  I even had some vendors come down by 1/2 or more. 

5.  Bring sufficient cash and small bills!  There are not a lot of banks or stores along the route so having cash on hand is a good deal.  Some vendors take credit cards but using a my credit card in some field in the  middle of Tennessee was not something I wanted to do.

6.  Bring lots of water and food.  Last year we only had two bottles of water when we started the trip and no food.  We thought we’d pass places to stop and eat but really didn’t.  While there are some small towns with restaurants along the way there are major areas where there is nothing at all.  If you don’t want to spend the weekend eating fair food, pack snacks and sandwiches in a cooler.  Subway made this trip easy for us.

7.  Dress comfortably and wear a hat.  It is hot as the dickens here in the south in August and being in the sun all day can wear you out.  Make it easy on yourself and don’t try to be cute….go for comfort!

And finally, take the time to enjoy the scenery and the people.  We met lots of super nice people along the route, some of the vendors I shop with at Scott Antique were even there.  You can definitely create some great memories during the Longest Yard Sale so have fun and take time to enjoy it all!

 As for The Longest Yard Sale 2013….

I’ve already started thinking about the trip.  I’ll definitely be spending more time shopping Kentucky and am working on a partnership with either Dodge or Ford to secure cargo vans to take along.  I’d love to have a caravan of bloggers and friends so if you are interested let me know in the comments and I’ll keep you posted on all the plans. 

That’s just about it for this years Longest Yard Sale. 

For more info on the Longest Yard Sale and tips on shopping the sales, check out theses Southern Living videos here and here by Eddie Ross.

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