Stretchy, stretchy… we slept goooood last night!! Day two we woke up in the WalMart parking lot in Frankfort, Kentucky! And boy, did we have cush accommodations!! In case you missed Day One, we are travelling the 127 World’s Largest Yard Sale gypsy-style!! So that meant camping, once again, in the back of the SUV. But this time, we were smart!! We hit up the Wal-Mart for a battery powered fan! We flipped our heads to the other end, so our feet could stretch out!! And boy, did we sleep phenominally! Really!! And we were ready for day two of our adventure!!
It was a rainy start to the day, but we didn’t let that get us down. I strapped on my boots and we hit the streets!! We stopped for some biscuits at Hardee’s and started the rainy drive down 127…
We passed a lot of sales that were sadly covered in tarps. I was beginning to lose faith. How long would the rain last? How many sales were we missing out on? I was bummed!! And then just as I was about to give up… the rain let up, the clouds parted, and I spotted this beautiful barn in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky.
We pulled right in… anxious to get out of the car. We grabbed the umbrella, just in case and headed inside. There were lots of reproduction metal art..
But lots of good ‘ol rusty metal too!! I dug through this box and scored four pairs of rusty scissors! See ’em?! I’ve got plans to make some neat wall art with these dolls! I think they would be just perfect for our craft room, or office!! Scored all four pairs for $3!
Across the way from the beautiful barn were sales galore!! We crosssed the little white bridge, that protected our feet from the rain-filled stream, and started our search. Isn’t the paint on that yellow chair just darlin’?! The drizzle started again, so I’ll keep the chatter short. I’ll give you a chance to look around and I’ll meet you in the barn!!!
That was a lot of rusty junk, right?? If I didn’t already have a rusty wagon, I would have definitely taken that doll baby home!! And that blue door… swoon! But it was what I found in the second old barn, that I just couldn’t pass up!
As we walked in, I spotted all these beautiful casters! Pearly white! I had a good feeling about this barn! I browsed through past the rusty license plates and old whiskey barrels. (Or should I say bourbon? We are in Kentucky!) And then I spotted them… this pile of… wait… what are these? I like what I see, but what are they??
As I started sifting through the metal yummies, a kind old man came over and said, “Do you know what those are, honey?” Well, no. But they sure are pretty! He went on to tell me that they came from an old barn 35 miles west of Indianapolis. A 75-year-old man sold them to him. His father, who would have to be over 100, if he were still with us, used to catch maple syrup from the trees back in the 1930’s. His containers needed lids, so in true 1930’s DIY fashion, he flattened some old oil cans and made lids for his maple syrup containers. How’s that for an amazing story?!! The guy wanted $5 a piece for them! Which was a killer deal! But you know me, and my negotiating skillz, so I had to bargain a little! I got four for $15!! And I love ’em!!
With my oil can lids in tow, we hit the road. Next stop: Danville, Kentucky! We stopped at other small sales along the way. But friends, if I shared every. single. stop. you would have to sit through all 544 pictures! And who wants that?? So, I’ll share the big stops and of course, the places where I scored some fun junk!!
This Dr. Pepper sign had me hook, line, and sinker! Ha ha!! Perhaps it’s because they sell ‘bait’! This stop was sooo fun! We could have spent hours here. But we were moreso skim shopping. You know what I mean? We wanted to cover as much ground as possible so we didn’t look in every booth. We didn’t dig in every old crate. We kinda skimmed our way through the sales, so we could scope out our favorite spots for next year!
This was the first booth we came too and I was overwhelmed with all the goodies I spied! For some reason, I was drawn to the big ‘ol heat register leaning again that ‘ol bed. I pulled it out. It was a beast!! The owner came over and showed me that he has a smaller one that went with it. Hmmm… the wheels started turning!
Good thing I had used my secret codeword when I first walked up! That opened the door for me to ask him if he knew anything about the history of these registers. He told me they came out of an old house in Youngstown, Ohio, and were from the 1920’s. Other than that, he didn’t have a story to go with them. But, that’s ok! I’d rather the seller be honest, than make up a story, just so I buy it! I think he told me $15 on the larger one, and $10 on the smaller one. But I got ’em both for $15! I’m tellin’ ya, it’s the secret codeword. It works!
We passed lots of other cool junk as we shopped around! I had never seen a 12-count Coca-cola crate! And this vintage green bike caught my eye too!!
Do you know what that little screen on the back wheel is for?? Yeah, me either! But the owner came over and was telling that it was to keep ladies dresses from getting caught in the spokes. How cute? I can picture ladies with their long flowy skirts riding this bike, carrying a basket full ‘o fresh-picked wild flowers to their mama! Imagine the number of skirts that brushed that beautiful green bicycle!!
A couple booths down, I spotted this ‘ol thing. I had no idea what it was, but it totally looked like a light fixture to me!! You see it right? Flip it upside down. It already has the opening to feed my light in! And you can’t really tell by the picture, but it’s big! He wanted $10 for it. So, what did I pay??? ….. $6!! I can’t wait to upcycle this bad boy!! Stick around for the tutorial on that!!
I wanted this laundry basket so bad! I love all the kitchy red stuff!! They were asking $65 for it. I offered $50, but alas, the lowest they would go was $60. So, I had to walk away. Seeee… it doesn’t always work out! You win some and you lose some. And I’m okay with those odds.
Coming off of my disappointment with the red laundry cart, I stumbled across a booth that appeared to have nothing I would like. But I went in for a peak anyway. The owner saw the heat registers I was totin’ around and asked if I like that kind of thing? Of course, I exclaimed. I like to upcycle old junk into something else. So I was thinking wall art for these old registers. He said, “Oh, then you might like what I’ve got in one of these old trunks”. He lifted the lid and it was as if the angel’s voices seeped out… aaaaAAAHHHH!!!
Those my friends are heat register hoods!!! I know!! Say what??? It was my lucky day!! The gentleman went on to tell me that these came out of an historic house in Lexington, KY. He said the house was for sale and some of the antique elements had been salvaged prior to putting it on the market. The house was only about 45 minutes from where we were. I wanted to go take pictures of it, but we had to stay focused. So I settled for digging through the trunk of hoods and picked out two!! Got ’em both for $20. It was a little steep but when you see what I do with these… holy mamma jamma, you will understand!!
My arms were full at this point… and those registers were heavy!! So we headed back to the car to unload. Here… you take a look around while I drop this junk off…
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