Are you an adventurer?? Like a real adventurer? Are you up for living like the gypsies? Trotting from town to town… days without a shower? Hair all a mess? All in the name of rusty junk!! I am!! That’s what makes the journey exciting for me… just wing it! And that’s what has me soooo looking forward to the 127 World’s Largest Yard Sale!!
Travelling all gypsy-style is not everyone’s cup ‘o tea, so I’ll give ya two options for lodging. One for the adventurers out there. And one for the shower takin’ type. No hard feelings. I love you all!! It’s part of my Top Ten Tips for Yard Sale Shopping!!
The Shower Takin’ Type
Let’s start with my dear friends who are the shower takin’ type! You want a cute new outfit everyday. You want to sleep in a cushy bed, take a hot shower, put your makeup on, curl your hair, paint your toes. Okay, maybe not paint your toes. But you want all the modern ammenities that you have at home. If this sounds like your idea of an awesome four days of yard sale shopping, you need to plan months in advance! Months!! Hotels along the 127 route fill up fast, especially those closest to the route. You figure it is THE world’s largest yard sale. People are coming from all over the country… the world… to hit this sale. People fly in and ship stuff home. It’s a BIG deal!! So, map out your plan, and figure out where you plan to be each night. The 127 Yard Sale site has great resources for hotels along the route. Just be sure to book well in advance and you should be good to go!!
Now, if you don’t like the idea of limitations and being locked in to being at a certain location by a certain time, then you can do what we are doing and wing it! Is it risky? Of course! But where’s the fun in living on the safe side! We’ve done it before and I’m sure we’ll do it again! So here’s our plan!! We are borrowing the inlaws SUV. (Remember, we don’t have a truck! #junkerfail) We are loading up some comforters, pillows, and a bag with a couple changes of clothes and that’s it! A small toiletry bag with the essentials and we are on our way!
Our plan is to sleep in the back of the SUV the first night, before the sale starts. Spread out those comforters and have a slumber party beneath the stars, literally! Where? We don’t know. We’ll figure it out when the time comes. But we’ve done this before and slept at rest stops, campgrounds, even a Walmart parking lot once! Did you know that they allow that kind of thing! We parked our little SUV in line with the long line of 18 wheelers and slept til the sun came up! We might change clothes the next day or we may not! (Is this getting too personal?) We will brush our teeth where we can… a rest stop bathroom or we’ve brushed in a parking lot before using a bottle of water! We’re adventurers!! Slap on a little deo and we will be good to go for day two (our first day of shopping)!
The plan for the first day of shopping is to only buy small things. That way we can put those small things in the front two seats and sleep in the SUV on the second night too!! By this point, we will probably change clothes. But still no shower. Top that messy hair with a hat. Brush the teeth. Deo. And off for another full day of shopping… day three!
Day three will be our last day of shopping as we will have to head back home. It’s an 8 hour drive!! Chances are we will pack out the SUV on our last day of shopping and we will be exhausted by the end of the journey! So, no sleeping in the SUV on night three! We plan to leave 127 and head back home late that evening, so that we are a good two hours away from the sales by the time we are ready to go to bed… then… we will get a hotel for the night!! Our first shower in three days will happen!! And we will likely get our first really good night of sleep in three days!! Totally goes against my advice in gaining fuel for the fight, but in all honesty, we don’t sleep too bad in the SUV. We’re experienced adventurers!!
So, what kind of traveler are you?! We like being adventurous because we can ride it out, do as we please, held back by no restraints! And it’s cheap!! I want as much of my cash for buying junk!! It’s how we do all that we do on a fixed budget and with no truck! We wing it!! Literally!! Oh, how I long or the day we can get a vintage camper!! <insert dreamy eyes>
May the adventure begin…
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Happy Yard Sale Shopping!!
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