Sunday, August 7, 2011


       So at the last minute Debbie and I say "lets go for a couple of days to the Worlds Longest Yard Sale-never done that before". What a great decision ! On Thursday morning we planned to hit the road at 6am-beat the morning traffic out of Nashville and be on our way. So as we pulled out of the parking lot at the Roost with the trailer in tow at 9:30am ( I confess-that is in Stacey style) we were off. We have learned at our age to not stress over the "getting away" is what it is. There is always plenty of "stuff" out there be it market in Atlanta or an auction or...well you get the picture. But hey...the traffic out of Nashville was a breeze :>)
   So speaking of pictures let me share the first one of our journey ( BEWARE -some pictures may contain questionable content :>) Did not always notice every detail through the lens...
Poor fellow-managed to catch him right as he was using his shirt to wipe the sweat. Pardon me ! But  check out the great little pedal car to his right. Stops like this are one after the other on the highway. Think us girls are in TROUBLE !

                 Us girls realized something early on...must learn how to back trailer before next years sale. These were the type of areas we had to stop because we could NOT back up the trailer. One direction for us.......STRAIGHT ! It really brought us allot of laughs along the way and probably saved us allot of money !
                                                    Cumberland Mountain General Store Around the corner, still in Tennessee we come to this precious little store. What you can't see are the hundreds of tents of vendors to either side of the store and around back. This was a fabulous stop that we left with hands full...actually made two trips to the truck to unload and go back in for more. Can't reveal what we found as it is a surprise to be revealed at an upcoming show we are doing September 16-17 . Go check out the details at  Will show you something we did not get and regret...waaaaaaaaaaa
     How wonderful is this old bike???? ( and the two crusty old tables in the background and the other bikes--we must have been out of our minds to leave them behind  ) 
           Oh well ! Many more treasures along the ride -we must move on but if you are planning this trip you need to mark this as a stop for sure !!
    After lots of other stops not photographed we arrive on this beautiful -pictures do not do justice area in Kentucky. Yes we have crossed state lines and are now traveling through the Bluegrass state. Only problem-we rarely know where we are because our map is only Tennessee :>) Minor details... 
     The far right white roof is an old general store-probably been there a hundred years. People just set up these tent "malls" all along the route. The roads along the route through Kentucky wind around and up and down hills and as we topped a hill and began coming down  this is what was nestled in the holler. Had to stop. Made no purchases here but worth the experience none the less.
       You may notice in this picture it is beginning to get dusk. Guess what-remember this trip was planned on the fly ? So now where are we going to stay as we have no reservations. Warning-we were not traveling through big towns-probably saw two hotels the entire time. But before we could find a place to lay our weary little heads we were starved.
        Destination...Albany Kentucky---a wonderful little meat and three filled our tummies and led us to our resting destination. Thank goodness the junking Gods were watching over us and they had "A" room left.  Monticello Kentucky would be home for the night ! First day report....A+

Did I ever say we were in God's Country while on this trip ? If not I should have. Highway 127 from Crossville to where we eventually had to stop in Liberty Kentucky is simply gorgeous !  Had to drive 20 miles off the path to find our hotel but it was very worth it. Stayed in a Holiday Express in Monticello that has changed names but sorry...have no idea what the name is. The only room available was a King jacuzzi and we said fine as long as shes clean I would sleep in the tub is necessary. Got many chuckles from that meaning in literal sense. Jacuzzi right next to bed. I guess Debbie and I finally made it to our honeymoon. We have after all been together a long time-like 1978 ! (wonderful friendships endure)
So....Debbie's body clock goes off-up and showering at 6am for another day of hunting. During continental breakfast at the hotel met two wonderful couples also shopping the sale. One from New York state and the other from Florida. So sorry I did not write names down to share. I am getting too old but we so enjoyed our conversations with them. Both couples have come for the sale several times. Just another bonus from this trip-the great folks you meet and conversations you have.

                               Across the street from the hotel-not exactly the same view at home across from our hotels. If I had a quarter for every cow -every field of soy beans and every corn field we passed we could have brought home many more treasures.
    It was a beautiful morning to be a junker !
Know it is a bad photo but it is our home away from home AND after all where Debbie and I spent our honeymoon ! hehehe

I just loved the quirky little gimmicks people had with their spaces. A sweet little BBQ joint--only in America !
 Now check out the other side of the street---

This stop was a score ! We found some great things and this time I am going to give a little peak.

     How AWESOME is this little beauty !!! I sit here and fantasize about all the trips I want to take in my hot pink camper. Not sure if that color is original but   I    L O V E   I T  !
                                                         ... and Big Bubba too !
Love love love the story behind these two finds. A gentleman that is handicap takes old discarded trucks and cars that are missing wheels and different parts and puts them back together to make a whole unit again--notice on Big Bubba his different wheels. Love the trucks but love the story more. Had to have them !!! Be sure to come to Bella Rustica ( to see how we magically display them as they will be available for you to own)                 

Some times it is nice to get back on the road to cool off in the AC that we are so spoiled to-rest our weary piggy's and await what is around the bend and OMG wait till you see...

Wolf Creek Dam Kentucky

It is massive and it is breath taking ! Thank you God for our beautiful world !
What more could we see......

Welcome to " Pioneer Antiques and Collectibles and Granny's Soda Shop "
 Located in south Jamestown  Kentucky this stop in the road was fantastic. Picturesque -Primitive and lots of rust...everything that makes two hens HAPPY ! Check out this treasure that sits out front--too bad it was not for sale  :>(

                                                         Did I say...I love rust ? Wish we could have brought this back for Linda

    Take a break inside with Clara-Sandy and Erin and have them serve you up a big ole scoop of ice cream.....Delish!!!  

       Right outside this antique shop was a tent with amazing BBQ-Ribeye and more delights--these are the ones I remember as we indulged for lunch. Reruns BBQ and catering of Columbia Ky--great food and sweet folks ! You gotta love this trip ! Belly's full and time to hit the road. ( by the way-seeing I look like a bag of hot pink cotton candy and Debbie did not tell me-weight watchers starting Monday :>)
Big weakness.....fury babies.  Debbie says I would talk to anybody or anything ! Well I would have to agree but especially puppies.     Meet Chloe and Clifton (I think I have their names right-hopefully mommy and daddy will see their photos and correct me if I am wrong-sorry) Sweet girl on the left and her son on the right. Both were precious and the Mr...he was quite a performer. He bounced for us-backed up-healed -wove in and out of his owners legs----gave us quite a show. Yes I would have brought them home too if I could. Lovely visit but on for more treasures

JACKPOT...Ring Ring Ring of the slot machine...YOU ARE A WINNER !!!
This is a junker DREAM.
YES we got to pick through the shed ! Who cares if there may have been snakes-brown recluse-when you see what we picked out of this for the Barn Sale at Bella Rustica you are gonna drool ! Well not really drool-just BUY ! :>)

You can come a little closer but you can't come in til SEPTEMBER 16-17
I know you can just imagine what was inside !
May we say to Mrs. GC-you and your friends were a delight to meet and do business with. You are definitely on our list to visit again next year. Please tell the fellas--thanks for backing in the trailer (wink)
Next..... (is this a blast or what)

Another corn field-more sales and more fury friends. Many of the next vendors were Amish.

She is hot but ready for more--isn't that what you are suppose to say on your honeymoon?!? (sorry but could not resist)

I spy a chicken coop !  So sad we were gonna get it when we would leave but someone else was loading it up. You snooze -you lose ! Now I know how our customers feel sometimes when they come back for a treasure and it is gone-wa!

I wanted this little guy ! Isn't he beautiful??? But Debbie said no -  SO......
When she wanted this guy that was churning the ice cream that the young Amish children were making and selling I had to say--sorry dear but no. What is fair in a marriage is fair ! hehe I know -now I am losing it.

                These were the last photos I had taken of our journey. Memories Debbie and I will cherish and will repeat next year for sure. Put this on you bucket list in life--well well worth it. Also don't forget to put the Barn Sale at Tap Root Farms----BELLA RUSTICA  on that list too so that you can see all the many treasures we purchased and will be for sale-they will not disappoint !
                                  Hope you enjoyed this peek at our journey



  1. Love your story telling Stacey! Sounds like you had a wonderful honeymoon...oh, I mean trip!

  2. Girl, that was so much fun to read...yet another talent of yours no doubt!!! Made me bummed that I missed all the fun but what can I say, can't be a third wheel on a honeymoon...hahaha!!!

  3. You two are quite the "couple", tee-hee YES, I LOVE THE TRUCK! Next time tow it home! You gals are so lucky to have each other- next year, can I tag along? Love ya!

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