Monday, August 16, 2010

The Worlds Longest Yard Sale

The Worlds Longest Yard Sale 2010!

OK, a week later I'm finally getting around to blogging about my wonderful finds this year from the Worlds Longest Yard Sale. For those of you that are unfamiliar with this once a year event you can read about it here.

My sister and I have flown to Ohio from Atlanta for the past 4 years in a row now and always have a great time. You have to love yard sales, swap meets, flea markets etc... to do this for it is busy and hot. But we both love it and always find lots of treasures. I thought that I would share some of the items I got this year that will most likely show up in some of my art this year.

My first purchase was a box full of stamping goodies for only $2.00!! Just look at all this stuff.

In the box was several wooden mounted stamps along with a complete block alphabet, some All Night Media stamps, a set of All Night Media color brushes, an All Night Media idea booklet, 2 sets of insect stamps, a rainbow Colorbox stamp pad along with 2 unopened Colorbox black pads. Some kind of deal huh?

Next I found some vintage unused cork lined bottle caps. Check out the patina that's already on these. The box had 86 caps all for $3.00!!

At another stop I got a bag full of vintage ephemera all for a Buck!!!

Just look at some of these items. I got ticket stubs from the 40's, a blue ribbon from 1937, old travel pamphlets, Christmas cards, Airline ads, calenders, even some old Blue Horse images from the old school paper packs. Too Cool!!

At several other stops I picked up an item here and and item there that can be seen in the next photo.

As you can see I got an unused vintage Crown stamper that was most likely made for a bank or an accounting firm for it has mostly numerical images for 2 dollars. A Bingo game with cards and makers for a quarter and something I had never seen before a printing kit that has two handles with two different sets of fonts that you can use to spell out whatever message you like for only a buck!! Had to have it. LOL

For those of you that have read this far you see that your local yard sales and flea markets can be treasure troves for vintage goodies of all sorts that you can pick up for pennies on the dollar. In past years I have bought such items as dictionaries for a dime, and the brass keyholes I used in the Chaos swap, all 12 of them for $3.00! Don't over look these places when looking for your next treasures to make art with.


Stephen- Bearcrazyman


  1. Oh I so wanted to go to this but was off the week before!!! I live in Ohio close to where it runs through. I will have to prepare for it next year. You got some great things and for such great prices!

  2. Holy cow! Good job! Great finds ... and at REAL garage sale prices!

    I can't wait to see what you create with those wonderful bottle caps!

  3. Ya did good, Stephen! Did you travel there with an empty suitcase?

  4. Great finds! I, too, love the hunt for a bargain!

  5. Hello Stephen,

    i completely understand the thrill you felt when finding this stuff !!

    About the stamps : the insects are my favorite ! Some creepy creatures to creep up in Halloween creations...

    About the tickets and paper stuff : amazing that people collect this for years and then sell. Perfect for hoarders as we :)

    I have an identical printing kit found on a fleamarket : I never use it.... but it's on display on my printerscabinet as a treasure to look at.

    I think you did quite good and didn't bring too much stuff !! I don't know if I could do so well... but you have to carry it of course on the airplane too.

    Enjoy your findings and I'll see when you create projects with them :)
    greetings from belgium

  6. I wanna go! luvely treasures!

  7. Great finds, Stephen!!
    I remember the little printing kit you got .. those were always fun. Next year, since the sale starts in my home state, I may actually remember & attend! What a concept! *lol*

  8. I'm totally with you on the garage/yard sales, Stephen. I find some of the greatest stuff, CHEAP! Those bottle caps are flippin' awesome, can't wait to see what you create with those...everything else was a steal, too!

  9. SCORE!!! FABULOUS finds!! those bottle caps are WONDERFUL!

  10. What brilliant things you bought you obviously had a great time. Have fun with all your wonderful buys. Annette x