On the way home from work I stopped by the Cooks Point Community Garage Sale in Kingsport. There were about 5-6 houses having sales. I did not get there until about 1:00 PM so it appeared that most of the good stuff was gone. The people I talked to said that there were a LOT of people there earlier in the day even in the rain. The sale did not start until 8:00 AM and one lady said that there were people that at 7:00. I told her that I was not surprised. I looked around some but did not buy anything. One guy had quiet a few cameras and accessories.
After going to the Cook’s point community yard sale I stopped by the WHEELER UNITED METHODIST CHURCH YARD SALE. I go to this one about every year, but I was late this year so missed most of the good stuff. They said that people were lined up when they first opened. They had the usual church stuff, clothes, whatnots, dishes, some sports stuff, etc. Every year I buy some of the roasted peanuts that they sale. In the past I have found some pretty good things, but as I said I was late this year.
This was the third of fourth year I have been to Abingdon Plumb Alley Days. It was the about the same as usual this year, lots of vendors with a few true Yard Sale people. The weather was great and a little on the cool side early. I had just got from Disney World the day before where it was 95 degrees. More about that at Disney 2014. We, me and my other brother Darrell, got there about 7:45 am. The official start time was 9:00 am, but as everyone knows if you don’t get there early all of the “good” stuff will be gone. By 9:30 we were ready to head out. So what did we buy. I bought some very tasty baklava from the Balkan restaurant people. Yes there is a place in Abingdon Virginia that sales Balkan food. They really don’t have a restaurant as such, they normally sell at the Farmer’s market in Abingdon. Darrell forgot his sunglasses and ended up buying about 1/2 dozen safety glasses for $2 and one of them had tinted lenses so he wore those the rest of the day. I bought a really good looking “team Glock” shirt for $1, and the same place had several Harley Davidson shirts for $1. I thought about buying them for resale purposes but decided to leave them for someone else.
As with most festivals like this the neighborhoods around the festival have plenty of yard sales going on the same day. We normally hit the house close to whatever festival is going on and this was no exception. We almost always try to stop at any church yard sale / rummage sale, they have good prices, plus and this is a big plus – they have food at most of them. This church was adding onto their building and raising money so we stopped there. One thing that they had that I had not seen before was that they had FREE clothing. Everything was for sale except the clothing which was FREE.
Next stop: various yard sales in the area. The first stop was actually two stops. We went to a yard sale that had us following a LOT of signs, big pink and green signs. When we got there, ugh, not much. Later that day on our way back to Bristol we say a sign that said “Yard Sale” with an arrow. We followed the signs for literally miles. It got to the point that we were going to find it no matter what. The signs kept going. Finally we got to the place and it was the same place we had been to before, but using a different route. ugh!! An obvious case of TOO many signs.
There was one stop along the road that had a field full of people. It looked like sections of the World’s Longest Yard Sale to me, and it was pretty good. They had very good looking motorcycle there for only $2,200 with only 7,500 miles on it.
Ok one stop at Pal’s and back home, well almost. We hit a few more Yard Sales along the way.
Saturday (May 3rd 2014)
Went to the sale that was listed on Craigslist as “Bristol’s Finest” yard sale. It was ok. The prices ranged from ridiculously cheap (Free), to astoundingly high.
The next stop was at a trailer near Emmanuel Baptist Church on Weaver Pike. This one was actually pretty good. A wide selection of stuff and good prices. I bought some steel wool and a small plate made in Holland.
Next stop, the annual Sullivan East High School yard sale. I have been to this one several times in the past years and this year it was smaller than normal. I usually go to get some plants from the East horticultural department because their plants are good and cheap.
Next stop, Elizabethton for the Carter County Armature Radio swap meet. My brother Darrell is a ham radio operator and wanted to stop by there for a few minutes. It was a typical ham radio meet/get together with folks “tailgating” and trading. Darrell bought a few cable connectors.
I have been to this sale for the past several years and it is always about the same. I like the sale pretty good because there are normally a lot of ordinary “yard sale” people there, not too many professionals.
The sale starts at 7:00 AM and people start lining up before then of course. We, me and my other brother Darrell, got there about 6:15 AM and got in line with the other cars. We were about the tenth car in line. There was only one entrance for people going to the sale. One entrance and three lines of cars trying to get into one line to pay to get in. The gates opened at about 6:30 and we all proceeded in a fairly orderly line to the parking area. You pay as you enter with your car.
There were two buildings that have stuff for sale in them, both were closed until 7:00 AM.
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