690 Miles. Five states. Endless yard sale! Yup… we are headed to the World’s Largest Yard Sale this weekend!! Lucky for me, I had a practice run earlier this summer when we trekked Highway 301 for their Endless Yard Sale. And while it was no where near the size of the massive 127 Yard Sale, I learned quite a lot about the art of endless yard saling! Yes, it’s an art! And I’m about to blow your mind with what I wish I had know before I set out!!
Here’s a page from my Yard Sale Shopping notes…
First things first, if you are headed out for a Saturday morning of yard sale shopping in your neighborhood… sure, you can start planning the day before. That’s a whole different ball game! But if you are headed to the World’s Largest Yard Sale, you better start preparing weeks, perhaps months in advance!! One of the things you should do is prepare your Yard Sale Tool Kit.
(P.S. You can click on any of the images below to take you to read all about that tip!)
And it’s not just your Yard Sale Kit that should be full… you belly should be too! Be sure to fuel yourself for the day ahead and if that means Cheese Doodles and Diet Dr. Pepper, well, you do what you gotta do!!
Lodging can be tricky for the 127 World’s Largest Yard Sale. Do you want to have to be at a certain point at a certain time? Do you want to wing it? Will you be devastated if you are left with no place to lay your pretty little head? All things you should consider… Here’s what we are doing!!
Money talks. And I don’t mean you gotta be rollin’ in the Benjamin’s to snag some unique treasure. But, there are some tricks to the money you bring with you that will help you get the best deals! Here’s what we’re taking and why our money talks!!
♪ It’s my perogative. ♪ And while I’m sure Bobby Brown would go for it… when you are driving the 127 Yard Sale there’s no changing your mind. No U-turns. No whipping into a last minute driveway. Plan your route and stick to it! Here’s how!
There will be soooooo many choices along the route, and you will be tempted to hop in and out of your car every few feet. But there are ways that you can tell if it’s a sale worth stopping for without stepping foot out of your car. And I don’t mean slowing down to 4mph to scope it out! That’s a no-no! Here’s the secrets to picking the best spots!
The easiest thing you can do is remember one simple word! It’s like a secret codeword. If more people use it, you’d be surprised the results you will get when it comes to getting a deal and finding that one treasure you’ve been searching for! Not to mention, it may just land you a yummy lunch!! Secret Codeword: Here.
Take a watch and wear it proud. The 127 Yard Sale isn’t like your traditional Saturday sale where the early bird gets the worm. Sure, the early bird gets the best selection, but you also have to consider this sale is a four-day sale. Timing matters on that front as well! It’s Yard Sale o’Clock!
While the yard sale will be a blast, this may be the one situation where some may feel uncomfortable. But negotiating is part of the magic! However, there is a right and wrong way to do it! And a right and wrong time! Know what to say to get the deal you want!
And last but certainly not least, HAVE FUN and be open-minded!! What you see in a piece… someone else may never imagine!! If you can look at things with an open-mind, you are likely to snag an amazing deal on something that someone else simply doesn’t see the potential! It’s what I do best!!
I surely hope that all of these tips help you on your journey to the World’s Largest Yard Sale aaaand beyond! (holding my fist high and proud, Buzz Lightyear style!) Yard Sales are truly one of my favorite pasttimes. And now that it is part of my business, I couldn’t be happier! If you are headed to the 127 Yard Sale, shoot me a note in the comments!! Any special spots you plan to hit? I’m a newbie!!
And if you are not headed to the 127 Yard Sale this year but wish you could, follow along on Instagram and Facebook! I’ll be using #RustedRoutes, like all of my Junk Adventures! I’d love to have you along! I’m sure I’ll need help deciding between all my rusty finds! After all, it was you all who convinced me to go!! Remember this post?
And if you think you may go to the sale next year or just wanna hang onto these handy tips, I’d love for you to Pin It! Share it with a friend! Here’s a handy image…
I’ll let you know how the sale goes!! Wish me luck!!
(Update: Check out all four days of our crazy adventure below by clicking on the image!!)