After the giddy high of the Unclaimed Baggage Center, we hauled butt to Miss Mary Bobo’s in Lynchburg, TN. They have 2 scheduled “dinners” (= lunches)and reservations fill up every dang day, so we did not want to miss our 1pm appt. Again, we found ourselves ahead of schedule and managed to hit up a couple of sales along the way. Last year we visited the Jack Daniels Distillery (a very fun tour, would recommend) in Lynchburg but were unable to score a reservation. This year we were determined. We ate: fried chicken, fried okra, stuffed green peppers in tomato sauce, broccoli and cheese casserole, pole beans stewed with ham, apples spiked with Jack Daniels, corn muffins, chocolate pie topped with Jack-spiked whipped cream. (Thanks for the list cb.)
So after we shoved ourselves back into the car, the itinerary was wide open for…THE SALE! We ended up on 127 late afternoon, but we junked on until sunset…
Rise n shine! This was our action packed day - got up around 5:30am in Nashville, TN, with a plan to visit the Unclaimed Baggage Center in Alabama for opening at 9:00am. We had a 1:00pm lunch/”dinner” appointment in Lynchburg, TN at Miss Mary Bobo’s Boarding House and then the ROUTE 127 SALE to hit for the rest of the day. Whoo boy.
We all gave Jumi a bit of complaining because according to Trip Advisor, the reviews of the UBC aren’t very good. Still, after reading about it last year AFTER our trip, we were intrigued enough (aka, she forced us, but we went willingly) to get up at 5:30 in the dang morning to drive 3+ hours to make it for 1 hour of shopping and still make it BACK to TN in time for our lunch appointment. Are you confused? So were we.
It was kind of like the Amazing Race - we didn’t want to make any mistakes and have to make up time later, so we left crazy early and ended up getting within a mile or two of the UBC with 30 minutes to spare. Sweet! So we found a Goodwill (one of many many) open at 8:30am with the SWEETEST trailer parked out front.
At 9:02 we booked it out of there and headed the mile or so to the Unclaimed Baggage Center. With their gigantic sign in the shape of a suitcase, you can’t miss it. Sadly enough, there’s another unclaimed baggage center right across the street, but with none of the fancy and all of the budget. Anyhow, the scores:
- Guitar worth $400 bought for $150
- Ipod worth $120 bought for $90
- Straw hats to beat the heat and to draw more attention to 3 Asian girls in the South, $6 range
And back in the car to Lynchburg…
Aaaaaand we’re off! First day of driving is one of the longest stretches. Nashville, TN was our ultimate destination, but we absolutely had to make a stop at a place we hit last year, Smokey Pig BBQ in Bowling Green, KY (no website). Last year we made the mistake of letting ourselves get too hungry after exploring Cave City, KY and, unfortunately, succumbed to an evil force: WENDY’S. “Oh, we’ll just get some things off the dollar menu to tie us over.” A $6 feast later, we were still full by the time we pulled up to Smokey Pig. As soon as we entered and smelled the sweet tangy scent of sauce (and saw the cheap menu), we knew we had made (in the voice of GOB Bluth) a huge mistake. The food was crazy delicious, but we were a little too full to really enjoy it. And that’s why the general theme of the 09 trip was “No Wendy’s”.
This year, the workers definitely remembered us (groups of Asian girls taking photos of their plates evidently don’t come around too often in Bowling Green), and we chatted for a while with them. I can’t even begin to describe the crazy turns the conversation took. Needless to say, we had a great time at Smokey Pig.
After we managed to ease ourselves back into the car, filled with pork and slaw, we hit up some scary looking thrift stores while in Nashville, including the Southern Thrift Store (the sign says “Just trying to make ends meet”), and Unique Thrift Store. Ultimately we spent about 4 hours at a place called McKay Books, which is an incredible book/media warehouse. Incredibly organized and well priced, this place is a GEM. I got old school Matt Groening “In Hell” books for $1.50 each, and the Antiques Roadshow Primer for $6.50. I figured the latter would be great for psyching us up for the yard sale. Early end to the night as we had a big day ahead of us…
(Next comes the Unclaimed Baggage Center, Miss Mary Bobo’s, and…the YARD SALE!)
Five Six hour train ride later, I arrive in St. Louis to meet up with the rest of the crew. We eat take-out bbq and it is y-u-m-m-y. Get excited for bbq along the way (note: we have not planned what to do in Nashville besides go to the book warehouse, but we have planned every single lunch and dinner along the route). Ahh, the empty trunk and empty suitcases waiting to be filled with junk. Yes I checked an empty suitcase - wouldn’t you?!?!
My journey began in Chicago, where I spent the night with friends and somehow missed my 9:30am train although I got up at 7:15am. No matter, I was able to hang out for a couple more hours with them, touring such Chicago classics as Target and the really awesome Whole Foods. Pictured is the beautiful Union Station. Also, a man in a fantastic US flag shirt. Julian and Christina hula hoop with the skyline in the background.
I started this blog to talk about thrifting and selling vintage, although I’ve been bad about upkeeping. Here’s to onwards and upwards. After all, how could I not spread the joy and amazingness that is the WORLD’S LONGEST YARD SALE?!
Five day journey, hundreds of miles, tons (and tons, and tons) of junk just waiting to be rummaged through.
beginning to upload world’s longest yard sale photos to flickr. tagging and describing might take a while. i have over 200 photos.
places: chicago, st. louis, nashville, scottsboro, chattanooga, cookeville TN, louisville
people: friendly and funny, except for 2 not friendly.
things: so, so many.