As the odometer tripped 1660 miles and we pulled into the driveway, I reflected on what was one of the best adventures of my life!! We travelled through ten states in five days!! Slept in a hotel ONCE!! We had some of the best food… from dairy farms to homemade biscuits to Amish pretzels! It was truly an adventure like none other, and that doesn’t even count the yard sales!!
At last check, I had 148 of you junkies piled in the back of the truck with me!! It wouldn’t have been the same without you all following along on Instagram and Facebook , #RustedRoutes!! What an adventure! That’s the only way for me to sum up our journey down Highway 127 for the World’s Largest Yard Sale!! An adventure!!
After seeing that graphic, you may be saying, “Wait, Candace, I thought you said you went through ten states?” Why, yes, we did!! Five of which, however were lined with yard sales!! The 127 yard sales stretches 690 miles from Addison, MI to Gadsden, AL. We live in the great state of North Carolina!! So… over the next four days, I’m going to take you on the journey of our four days of yard sales, every bite, every buy, every rusty truck I could find!!
Soooo… we started our journey on Wednesday night. Loaded up and hit the road for West Virginia! We wanted to get a headstart so we would be closer to the route come Thursday morning! Nothing too exciting… except this!! If a girl’s gonna go junkin’ gypsy style, she’s gotta look cute! And with no electricity, I totally went there!! Rolled my hair somewhere in Virginia!! #spongecurlerselfie
Alright, with that out of the way, you know what kind of adventure this is gonna be!! I’m not leaving out one little junkin’ detail. So, grab your sweet tea and relax! Or just scroll through the pics if you want some eye candy!! With my hair rolled, we decided to hit the sack (aka the back of the SUV) around 1:15am. We slept at a rest area… blankets, pillows, it wasn’t half bad. We later cushed up our pad a little, but I’ll tell you about that tomorrow!! As soon as the sun came up, we hit the road spotting this local lovely! They had the BEST ham biscuits ever!! The hubs got one with egg, cheese, and a hashbrown! On. The. Biscuit.
We snagged our breakfast and ate it on the road, anxious to get to the sales!! About 20 miles outside of the Ohio border we spotted this beautiful barn. Kim, who was riding along, shared some amazing history about these old barns! That’s the fun of bringing friends on the adventure!!
A few barns later, we came to the Ohio River. Woot! Woot! We had arrived!
Since the Ohio State sign was atop that big ‘ol bridge, we took a little detour to find this one!! It happened to be on the Ohio/Indiana border! Add another state to the list! So… do you get it?? O-Hi-O! Ha ha!! We are dorks!! But have oh-so-much-fun!!
It was time to fill up the tank… and well, take a potty break. So we decided to pull of at the ‘Bob Evans’ exit! The homestead is beautiful!
We still had a ways to go before we hit Highway 127, but were enjoying the scenery! Bill freaked out as we passed this old dairy farm… he whipped the car around so fast as he exclaimed, “Oh my gosh!! That cow was giving birth!!” Say what?? I was so excited. How amazing would that be? But alas, he was seeing things. Ha ha! No baby cows today. But I figure, hey, if we turned around, I’m snappin’ a pic of this farm!
And about 15 minutes from that farm, we spotted it! The sign we had been waiting for… even on a cloudy day, she glowed!!
Ok! We made it! Let the games begin!! I really didn’t know what to expect. We started in Hamilton, Ohio just north of Cincinatti. We would have gone further north but we only had four days and wanted to make it to the very bottom. We had heard that the sales down south were better! Aaaaaand there she is… our first yard sale sign!
It didn’t look like that great of a sale, but I wanted to stop anyway! It was the first one! So, we pulled off. I spotted these feathers which I thought were neat, but other than that, I didn’t really see anything I liked. The prices at this sale were very high! Not yard sale prices at all! And I found that a lot actually. A lot of people on the route are antiques dealers, and some can be a little to proud of their old junk! You gotta find the good peeps!!
And good peeps I found, at this old barn in Fairfield, Ohio. His name was Ron… and he was such a kind soul. He was selling some stuff for a lady at his church and a neighbor who needed money. They were elderly and couldn’t sell it themselves. We got to talking and he was telling me about an old door he had leaning against a tree. I loved it, but it was a full size door and we just didn’t have room for that just yet. He told me it came an old farmhouse, built in the 1890’s, his wife’s grandfathers to be exact. Oh, I loved it even more! But still couldn’t salvage the space to take her home. That’s when he told me to hang on, he had something in the barn I might like… I patiently waited.
Ron came back with an old wooden pantry door. He told me that it came from the same house on that dairy farm. Isn’t that ironic? If you remember, I gave the example of someone’s grandfather living on a dairy farm when I told you all about finding stories on the 127 route! Isn’t that odd? So, we continued chatting, he showed me some old baseboards he had from the 1890’s house too! I bought both, and an old suitcase too! Got it all for $14! It was my first purchase of the big sale! And I couldn’t be happier with the story that came with it too!!
My one regret… not getting any contact info for Ron and his wife. I would love to chat more about the farm and see if they have pictures of the old house. (Ron, if you read this, shoot me an email!) And thank you Ron, for such an amazing first buy!!
After such an amazing stop, we had worked up an appetite. There weren’t many options for lunch along this part of the route, but Mom had mentioned these burgers from McD’s were tasty, so we snagged a couple and boy, were they yummy!! Spice-tastic!!
We ate on the go, we had a lot of ground to cover!! Once we hit Cincinatti, there weren’t too many sales, but we did spot this architectural antiques shop! So, we decided to take a peak!
I took tons of pictures inside and will do a whole post about this place later… but I will say, there were some goodies in the basement! Like dark-drippy-spider-web-enter-if-you-dare basement… and you know we did!!
Then it was on to Kentucky!! These bridges killed my efforts to get pictures of the state signs. My apologies for the drive-by cell phone pic, but you get the idea!! ‘Unbridled Spririt’! I like it!!
Our first stop in Kentucky was one of my faves! (Yes, this is still day one!!) This fun little spot was in the heart of Covington, Kentucky.
Their downtown area was lined with sellers, dozens all in one place. We didn’t get to this spot until around 5pm so they were starting to pack up. But it was yard sale o’clock, so we did a little digging! They told us too…
There are just a couple things that I didn’t buy that I regret… and this is one of them! I really love this industrial drawer, but it was so hard to buy lots of junk when I knew we had three more days ahead of us. So I passed her up! Yes, there’s a such thing as left-her-behind-remorse! I think she was only $25.
Even with people packing up, there was still lots to see. We didn’t buy anything, but will definitely have Convington, KY on our list for next year! It’s a good stop!! I was even invited to come be a part of their quarterly junk show! How fun would that be?? Reason 78 why I need a truck and trailer!!
Down the road a little ways, we came to Florence, Kentucky, and just beyond Florence, spotted this lovely spot! Rusty signs as far as the eye can see…
Gulp! I mean Gulf…
And this was another regret… this upcycled crate table was HUGE and only $189!! But I knew buying this table meant sacrificing my bed for the night. So we opted to take a pic for good times sake… and hit the road for some dinner. But those graphics… ahhh.
Part of the adventure for us, is taking in the culture of different regions of this great nation! So, apparently folks in Kentucky eat their spaghetti with chili beans on top! Or are they eating their chili beans with spaghetti underneath? Either way, this was a food phenomenon I had never encountered! Let’s try it!! It seemed Skyline Chili was the place to go… so we sat down, the waitress tied an bib around our necks and we went to town!! Spaghetti 4 ways… topped with chili, beans, onions, and cheese!!
It was amazing!! And yes, those are funnel cake fries for dessert!! A sweet ending to a sweet first day on the 127 World’s Largest Yard Sale!!
If you’re planning to head to the big sale… and want to remember the hot spots we hit on day one, you can pin the image below or share it on Facebook to save it to your timeline!! Tomorrow, we’ll cross into Tennessee! Wait ’til you see what I scored there!!
If you enjoyed the journey down Highway 127, we’d love for you to check out all four days and share them with your friends! Pin these images or share them on Facebook to save them to your timeline! I’m bettin’ there’s a trip to the 127 Yard Sale in your future!!