This is it, Friends! Time for the recap of the most amazing yard sale adventure ever!
In case you missed it, I along with six other awesome bloggers were invited by GMC to fly to Detroit, load up in one of three of their brand spankin new Acadia Denalis, and travel The World’s Longest Yard Sale (also known as the 127 Sale) along Route 127 through five states in search of fantastic deals to help furnish a Habitat for Humanity Home for one very deserving family.
Say wha?? Are they for real?? Especially after this insane yard-sale diet I’ve been on this Summer, I couldn’t respond fast enough. And it’s for a great cause…count me in! (Thank you, Megan and GMC!!)
There is so much to share that today I will be sharing our trip and what I found along the way, and I’ll be back tomorrow to share what I did with the treasures I found and the final room reveal.
Here is the convoy of GMCs awaiting our arrival at the airport in Detroit:
We drove a couple of hours that day to get our start for the yard sale in Bryan, Ohio, which is just past West Unity at the top of the map:
Here’s the whole crew fresh and ready to get going on Thursday morning/day one:
L-R in the back is Me, Courtney from French Country Cottage, Allison from Two Thirty-Five Designs, and Sarah and Nick from Nestrs. In the front are Jasmine and Katie from Team GMC, Nancy from Artsy Chicks Rule, Fadra from All Things Fadra and She Buys Cars, and Megan, our fearless leader also from GMC.
Each blogger was given a budget and a room to decorate in the house. I was given the six-year old boy’s room. Perfect since I happen to have one of those myself. 🙂
Nancy got the 12 year-old girl’s room, and she and I split to do the bathroom. Fadra got the kitchen and dining area. Alison was given the Mom’s bedroom. Nick and Sarah were tasked with the two living areas, and Courtney was available to help us all as a mentor as well as adding a special surprise to the laundry room.
We had from Wednesday until Sunday at 2:00pm to drive from Ohio to Georgia, shop for treasures to decorate our spaces along the way, refurbish the things we found, and have the entire house decorated and ready to surprise the family when they walked in.
My driving buddies were Nancy and Fadra:
Ya’ll already know Nancy, one of my blogging BFFS, who lives not too far from me, and by the end of day one we had become fast friends with Fadra too! She had us cracking up the whole trip, and did most of the driving!
As soon as we started driving, there were yard sales EVERYwhere!! There were yard sale signs literally on every corner. We were supposed to drive four and a half hours that first day to end up in Kentucky, but three hours after we started our journey, we were still only 20 minutes from where we started!
That is what made it SO hard. We wanted to stop at ALL the yard sales!
All three of us did have major scores that first day though. I found this dresser for my boy’s room:
It was $80, but I got it for $60. It was very clean inside and the drawers were in perfect working condition, and it was solid. This was in a huge barn that had a ton of furniture in it.
I also found these drawers I asked ya’ll about on Instagram:
These were $5 each but I got them for $7 for the pair. I thought they would make for fun shelving.
I also found a headboard and footboard for $8:
And Fadra spotted this basketball hoop for me for $5:
Since I was told the six year-old loved basketball, I thought if we couldn’t hang it to make it functional outside, this would still be fun to hang on the wall in his room as décor.
I also found a desk that I got for $20:
And this really cool antique chair which I paid a bit more for than I wanted to. It was originally marked $49, but I ended up getting it for $30:
My girls also had a great start on day one. Nancy found a dresser and a night table in the same barn where I found my dresser, and a cute side table that she matched a chair at a yard sale to to make a small vanity, and Fadra found a great set of table and chairs:
And how did we fit all that in our vehicle you ask?
Luckily we didn’t have to! We had one of these in our caravan to pick up our larger pieces:
Here is Fadra’s victory pose after loading her dining set:
Sean from GMC in the background there was the driver. (He was missing from the group photo earlier.)
With our major pieces out of the way, we were able to focus a bit more on the small things we still needed, but it seemed that by midday Friday, things were starting to get picked over just a bit. I wish I had taken photos of the vehicles we saw that had furniture piled high on top of them. People were cramming it in (or on) any way they could!
There was still a ton to see though…here’s just a peek of what else we came across:
Katie and Jasmine from GMC spied those huge metal letters which would have been really cool in the room, but crazy expensive at $75. Fadra found the horse and the tiger heads.
You see it ALL at The World’s Longest Yard Sale!
I found this shelf for the room for $8 on day two:
If we weren’t driving through small towns with yard sale signs on every corner, we were passing huge fields, each with tons of vendors.
Or huge barns like this one, filled to the brim with stuff for sale:
It was SO hard not to stop at every. single. one. We still had several more hours to drive that day if we were going to make it to our hotel in Chattanooga, Tennessee in time for dinner.
We did take time to enjoy the view though:
I believe this was Tennessee…breathtaking!
And have a little fun:
That was in Kentucky! Gorgeous too!!
We also squeezed in a couple of hours on Friday to shop for the items we wanted to purchase new like bedding, rugs, towels, etc.
That was marathon shopping at its best. We were loaded down!
I mean really. My seat…
I think I was just delirious at this point ha ha…at least I look it. 🙂
One of our stops was Michaels and guess what I spied on the stands at the check-out? The new Somerset Home crafting magazine! That was pretty exciting since I had a spread in there this month! Remember my DIY Jewelry Holder from my March Madness series this year…
Woohoo!! Exciting! 😀
We pulled into our hotels each night grimy, sweaty, and thoroughly exhausted, but it was so worth it!
Saturday morning we still had to drive a little over two hours to just outside Atlanta, and pick up a couple last minute items for our rooms. We also had to buy paint and a few supplies to rehab the furniture we bought. Although the Habitat crew was still working on finishing touches in the house, we were able to take a peek at our spaces.
Here is the boy’s room:
This space was seriously about 10 x 9 feet, and I immediately knew not everything I had purchased was going to make it into the room.
I’m sorry to have to leave you hanging here, but it won’t be for long. I’ll be back tomorrow with the final reveal, and you’ll see what I had to eliminate from the plan!
Can’t wait to share…see ya then!
UPDATE: Lucky you! There’s no need to wait for the reveal now…HERE it is!!
Don’t Miss a Thing!
If you like what you see, there are several ways to follow along!