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.