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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. 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.
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. 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. $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.
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.
Never Been to the World’s Longest Yard Sale?
Here’s a video from our most recent trip.