From a photograph by Solomon D. Butcher of four daughters of rancher Joseph M. Chrisman, at their sod house in Custer County, Nebraska. From left to right, Harriet, Elizabeth, Lucie, and Ruth. Photographed in 1886.

Sunday, June 05, 2011

A Yard Sale Extravaganza

400-Mile Yard Sale, 2011


This weekend, Kentucky's 400-Mile Yard Sale is taking place along Highway 68/80, a route that passes through Christian County. Keely and I drove out to some sales this afternoon, along the highway east of Hopkinsville.

The Eastview Baptist Church had been advertising on their marquis for several weeks that anyone could set up a yard sale there for free. Today, their property looked like a flea market with a church in one corner. It was full of tents and tables of merchandise! When we arrived, the parking lot was packed with cars, and between sellers and buyers, there must have been 150 people (or more) on the grounds.

When we pulled into the church driveway, a lady welcomed us, invited us to use the restrooms and to get a drink of cold water in the air-conditioned church, and handed us a bright yellow packet. Inside the packet, we found a flyer about Eastview, helpful information about the garage sale, a religious tract, and a free pen.


We heard music playing as we got out of the car, and soon we saw that a band was performing. They played a rock-n-roll version of "This Little Light of Mine" that I really enjoyed. When I looked at the information in the packet this evening, I learned that the band's name is Second Coming. Two more bands -- Mark 'N' Friends and The Glovers -- performed at other times during the day.

Keely bought an entire box of books by a favorite author, and I bought a cookbook. Then we sat in the shade, where a little breeze was stirring the air, and enjoyed the band for a few minutes. Unfortunately, the temperature was in the mid-90s, so we didn't shop or listen as long as we would have liked. It was just too hot!


As a visitor to the yard sale and as a fellow Christian, I give Eastview an A+ for this event. They did a great job of personally greeting us, placing an attractive pack of information in our hands, providing adequate parking, caring about our physical needs, organizing the marketplace, and even offering entertainment to entice us to linger.

Well done, my Baptist friends! I hope you'll do this again next year!

I took several photos of the band, but I didn't get a
single one that shows every band member!

4 comments:

Collagemama said...

I like the idea of a 400 mile yard sale!

Genevieve said...

It's lots of fun! It starts on Thursday and runs through the weekend. Some sales will still be open today (Sunday).

At another sale, I paid $35 for a little Broyhill chest of drawers for Isaac's college apartment next fall. He'll have to do some cosmetic work on it, but it's structurally sound.

Stitchy Mc Floss said...

Sounds like you two had a blast. I love listening to music out in the open like that. Sounds like the church was a really good witness. That's just awesome! :)

Thank you for always having such interesting blog posts with great pictures. I love reading your blog. :)

Genevieve said...

Thanks for reading, Stitchy! :)

When we were sitting there listening to the band, I told Keely, "This is such a summer thing to do!"

And the poor guys in the band -- they must have been dying from the heat, but they really sounded good!

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