Countertop Dishwasher

2015 World’s Longest Yard Sale Finds

By Erin Huffstetler | 08/10/2015 | 4 Comments

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We went to the World’s Longest Yard Sale this past weekend (it’s kind of a tradition for us), and although we didn’t think it was quite as good as it’s been in years past, we still found some things to take home with us. Here’s what made the cut:

A countertop dishwasher. This little appliance wonder was waiting for us at the last sale we stopped at, and we paid $45 for it (the current model sells for $219 on Amazon). We plan to use it at the cabin, once we get our running water hooked up.

Inside of Countertop Dishwasher

It’s designed to hold six place settings. I’m envisioning throwing our dishes in there after meals, and getting on to other things. Because, really, who wants to spend time washing dishes when you can hike, fish or porch sit? The fact that we haven’t stocked our pond or built a porch yet … those are just minor details in this plan of mine. We’ll get there.

Concrete Chicken

A concrete chicken. While we were talking to one of the sellers, my husband noticed this chicken sitting in front of his front porch, and asked if it was for sale. It wasn’t officially, but he told us we could have it for $5. Sold! I came across another concrete hen at an estate sale a few weeks ago, and was really bummed when I discovered that it already had a sold tag on it. Looks like it worked out in the end. Now, I just need to find the right spot for her.

Bakelite Meat Serving Set

A Bakelite meat serving set. I started a Bakelite flatware set a couple years ago. I just pick up pieces when I find them cheap. So, I was thrilled when I saw the $8 price tag on this serving set in my color. I saw other sets at the sale for $25 and up.

1980 Calendar Towel

A tea towel calendar for $3. It’s no secret that I have a thing for tea towel calendars. Heck, I even made and shipped over 100 of them this year. So, when I spotted this vibrant towel with my birth year, I snatched it up. The cardinal motif is pretty perfect, too. It’s the state bird of Virginia, which is where I was born and raised.

Kitchenaid Santoku Knife

A Kitchenaid Santoku knife. My husband spotted this knife at a booth, and bought it for $4. We collect red KitchenAid, and have been on the lookout for some good knives to replace the cheapies that we got when we got married 14 years ago. This one just needs a bit of clean up and sharpening.

United States Puzzle

A vintage U.S. puzzle for $3. The graphics on the box and the colorful puzzle pieces pulled me in. I plan to turn the pieces into magnets. They’ll be in my shop soon.

Brown Transferware Bowl

A brown transferware bowl in a pattern that I collect. It was under an “Everything’s a Quarter” tent. Interestingly I’ve only come across a complete set of these dishes once. The rest of my collection has been put together in a piece-here-piece-there fashion.

Columbia Boots

Columbia boots. These boots look like they might have been worn once, so I was happy to pay $5 for them. If they still fit my oldest daughter this winter, they’ll be for her. If not, I’ll save them for her sister.

Vintage Accessories

My oldest daughter assembled this collection of vintage accessories from several booths. She paid $1 a piece for the bracelets and leather ponytail wrap. She paid $.50 for the Aztec-style keychain.

Wire Hangers

Wire hangers. The kids’ consignment sale we participate in is later this month, so I was thrilled to snag all of these hangers for $2. The kids have been growing like weeds this summer, so we’re going to have a TON of stuff to consign.

Balloons

Balloons. $1 for all. Both of my daughters have birthday parties coming up soon. We’ll be doing a glow-in-the-dark theme for both parties. I plan to stick glow bracelets inside of these balloons to create a fun glow-in-the-dark archway.

Yard Stuff

Pieces and parts to keep our yard equipment going. The man who sold us the chicken threw in the riding mower tire. My husband paid $1 each for the lawnmower dipstick tube and landscaping bulb. The chainsaw bar was $2.

And that’s pretty much our haul. Did any of you go to the World’s Longest Yard Sale? I’d love to hear what you found.

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Here’s a video from our most recent trip.

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Comments

  1. I went this year and did pretty well. We just moved in to our antique booth, so we weren’t able to go for the whole weekend like we’d planned. We did 6.5 hours and made it 6 miles! That included two town-wide yard sales and a few flea-market like sites, plus venturing off the 127 a bit.

    I got a coral and tan dress, two powder blue tote bags and a nightgown in a free box. I paid $.25 for a cyan head scarf that goes with a lot of the colors I’ve been wearing lately. Hubby found me a couple of ring trees for $.10 each. That was pretty much the sum of what we got for ourselves. We did find some great stuff for our booth, but it wasn’t as good as other years.

  2. I’m looking for the same transferware dish set. I grew up with them and they were lost in a move when I was 16. 20 years later… I’m still looking. Can you share some information about them so that I might be able to narrow my search? Do you know who made them? Or when they were made? Anything would be helpful.

    • Hi Ashley,

      It appears there were a few different companies that made them, or perhaps the name of the company changed at some point, because mine have a few different names on them. Many of mine are stamped Royal China Co. Sebring Ohio. The pattern is Americana Sussex. I also have some stamped Royal China Jeannette Corporation, with the pattern name Sussex. And I have some stamped Cavalier Ironstone, with no pattern name. Hopefully that will help you with your search. I tend to collect mine a piece at a time at thrift stores and yard sales, but there’s some listed on eBay, if you’re trying to track it down faster. Good luck in your search.

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