It is the 127, not $1.27, yard sale

August 17, 2004|LIZ MAPLES

$1.27 doesn't go far at the U.S. 127 yard sale.

The Advocate-Messenger asked Chris Spears what a junk hunter could get for a buck and 27 cents change.

"Nothing," he said. "'Cuz everything's $1, 50 cents or 25 cents. But that's a good gimmick."

Spears picked up on the idea, shouting out, "Everything's $1.27 at the 127 yard sale."

He did offer the newspaper a 75th-anniversary Coca-Cola bottle with the soda pop still in it. It was a steal. The bottles had been selling for $3 apiece. But Spears said in years past the bottle would have fetched $10.

"You can have it 'cuz we ain't going home with it," he said.

That seemed to be a common opinion. Dealers found that business was slow. In this area there seemed that more homeowners jumped at the chance to hold yard sales at their houses.


On the stretch of U.S. 127 through Harrodsburg there were several houses in a row with yard sales, causing cars to line the two-lane street. There was a house, boat, car and even a garage for sale. Well, the garage for sale was a misprinted sign, but there were lots of items for sale inside the garage - none for $1.27 though.

We moved on.

Shari Douglas and William VanHook came down from King's Mountain to sell toys out of their Bronco. On Tuesday VanHook was setting up a tent to bunk down for the night.

They had $1 surprise bags. The Advocate's $1 bought several kid's meal toys.

"It's been slow," Douglas said.

But, she said that the yard sale extravaganza was still better than a yard sale in King's Mountain.

"People come here from New Mexico," she said. Cars with license plates from Florida, California and Louisiana speckled the makeshift parking lots.

Sam Adkins, who lives on Herrington Lake, is a veteran dealer. He had set up at the Indian Camp Flea Market. There, a line of jovial peddlers had set up under a shade canopy.

"They've made it too long," he said. "People are worn out. You can tell when they walk by that they've all seen all they can see."

He hadn't sold a lot.

"You probably find a lot for $1.27, but you won't find it here," he said.

Adkins was selling some classic memorabilia and some not so classic memorabilia such as a shot glass shaped like a woman.

"That makes an excellent Bloody Mary," he said.


Nancy Workman of Western Kentucky was up for the adventure. On Tuesday afternoon she had found a treasure, or at least what she called a treasure. She painstakingly unwrapped the bag for her husband, Joe, and revealed a ceramic parrot.

"It's a wall pocket," she said, explaining that it could be hung on the wall and items such as pens put inside.

What's the old adage? Treasure is in the eye of the beholder.

As for our $1.27 treasures, we're calling the experiment a bust. A bag of plastic toys and an old soda pop.

Several staffers here tried the soda, but their opinions were unanimous - no good. We thought it tasted like an old sno-cone, syrup and Pine-Sol.

Of course, we might have acted too soon. A similar bottle was going for $4.99 on eBay on Wednesday with six days left to go.

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