Can you believe that another 127 Yard Sale has past? It seems like a distant memory now. (Partly due to the fact that upon my arrival back, I had to work a 46.5 hour work week.) This week is being spent as a time of reflection and restocking my short term goals. My artistic soul has been rejuvenated, and I am ready to tackle the world with a new more organized vigor. *sigh*
Kentucky and Tennessee had cool temps for the duration of our trip with mornings being in the late 70's and highs in the mid to low 80's. The lowest temps that we have ever had on a Yard Sale trip. :) The amount of attendees appeared to be up tremendously... hopefully the sign of a recovering economy... and the vendors were out in full force. We had three full days of flea marketing/garage sale fun.
Below are a few of my finds for this year. I always say that the treasures are a small part of the trip, compared to the time with family, the wonderful people that we get to meet and all the wonderful vintage items that we are fortunate for the chance to see.
Here are a few finds pulled from my sewing items. Of course, I cannot make it a year without bobbins. ;) I was a yearly return customer to the bobbin vendor, and he gave me a generous discount. :) I couldn't resist the feed bag tote from a talented fellow upcycler. It is so simplistic in design, roomy and amazingly durable. My son is going to bring me a few of his to make some more. I do so love recycling!! Finally, I was lucky to find some 9 patch squares that were hand sewn. The vendor wanted $20 but settled on $15. She was a neat lady that had purchased an estate. We looked over them together, and I confirmed to her that they were made from vintage feed sack. After counting them later, I was pleased to find 113 blocks. :)
Okay, every once in awhile my querkie artsy side comes out! I fell for the Goebel Crayola banks in three colors. They were dirt cheap, in like new shape and perfect for my studio. :) And how about the Helping Hand from Hamburger Helper?? He was a giveaway in 1990. I saw him last year from the same vendor, and this year snatched him up. Farmerboy is a huge fan of the brand and may be lucky enough to inherit this gem someday... LOL ;) Finally the odd purchase, there is a gentleman that sells returns and floor models from Sears. He has a store that we frequent every trip. I purchased a brand new Kenmore microwave for less than a 1/3 of the retail price. Score!
Here is my small haul from the last stop on my trip. I never thought I would be transporting home some vintage Shiney Brites. The yellow Santa ornament caught my eye. He was a design that my collection did not have! There were two in the same color with the same design, and I am the proud owner of both. :) The blue Santa in the upper right corner is in slightly rough shape, but I am pretty sure this is a new design also. The remaining ornaments were purchased due to the fact that I have the designs but not in those particular colors. It is such a joy to find new members to a collection.
I have some more photos to share in follow up posts. If you have the opportunity and love to flea market, the 127 Corridor Yard Sale is a must!