This weekend, my wife and I went back on the World’s Longest Yard Sale. If you’re not familiar with the sale, it runs the first weekend in August on US 127 from Michigan down to Alabama. In years’ past, we would head down to Chattanooga, TN to stay the night, then work our way home staying another night in Lexington, KY, but this year we decided just to make day trips and head back home at night.
This banner hangs in Mainstrassa Village in Covington, KY just a few blocks from the Lost Art Press. Many years ago, the yard sale started here, but in recent years Ohio and Michigan started to participate.
Heading down US 127, there will be areas set up every few miles down the road with vendors. Since we’ve done this sale for years, we know where the good stops are, but some of the smaller areas may have some of the best deals as those are true yard-salers selling their crap and not professional antique dealers selling their prize possessions for top dollar.
You’ll get a bit of everything at this sale. From antiques, to used tires, to baby toys, to a whole bunch of used clothes. It is after all a yard sale, so take your normal Saturday afternoon yard sale and times it by 690 miles.
Since we stayed away from the antique dealer mega stops, I didn’t see many antique tools from collectors. I did spot this old scroll saw in central Kentucky with a $350 price tag on it. Probably not a bad buy, but I wasn’t in the market for one, so I passed on it.
The most unusual piece I saw was this picture frame miter saw box just north of Cincinnati. There was no manufacturer’s name on it but it looked professionally made. I assumed it sat on top of a three-legged stand because of the length of back, but that is just a guess.
It came with a Disston saw, but there was no way for me to date it. If I had to guess, I’d say it was late 1800’s early 1900’s from the look of the screws.
The weather was nice, hot but nice. Every year it usually rains as we have to walk and drive around in the mud which is no fun. Everyday this weekend it was in the 90’s and humid as hell. We started at 8:00am and by 6:00pm we were suffering from the three B’s. Beat, Burnt, and Broke.
At the end of the weekend, this is what I came home with. A few Stanley planes, a veenering plane, Langdon miter box with a Disston saw, a set of Stanley No 105 forstner style bits, Millers Falls eggbeater drill, and a 2 1/2″ wide Ohio Tool Co chisel/slick. Not too bad considering what I paid for everything. There are a few hard to find tools in the group.
The prize of the bunch is the Stanley 5 1/4 C corrugated plane which is one of the rarest planes Stanley ever made. I found it in booth in Ohio from a young couple who were just selling random stuff. It was the only tool they had in their booth so I have no idea where they got it. They told me they looked up its value on the internet, but they were just trying to get rid of it, so I gladly took it off their hands.
I already spent the last couple of days cleaning it up. I already own a Stanley No 5 1/4 so I doubt I’ll use it. It’ll more likely be one of my top shelf tools.
7 thoughts on “The World’s Longest Yard Sale 2018”
We live a few hundred yards from the market route at Signal Mtn., TN but use the back roads to get around. The market got a late start because of rain. Next year you and those you travel with should stop here for a rest stop.
We went to Signal Mountain a few years ago. We heard that there was road construction this year so we stayed away. Traffic is bad enough without the barrels. I couldn’t imagine how bad it was this year. We may head back down to Chattanooga, TN next year. Maybe we’ll see you then. : )
Your “Langdon” miter box looks suspiciously similar to a Stanley 50 ½.
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Is it? You’re probably right. Not too keen on miter boxes. I’ll have to check.
I just checked my Stanley book. You’re right. It’s a 50 1/2. Funny thing is, I’ve owned one of these for years thinking it was a Langdon. It’s not marked Stanley nor Langdon anywhere. Thanks for the heads up!
Just wanted you to know that I have been going through your blog looking at posts for restoring hand planes. I have a Stanley #5 corrugated plane which I am restoring. Extremely rusty, but I think it has good bones and I’ll be able to make it a user. I have a friend who suggested electrolysis for removing rust which was mildly successful. I’ll try the same method again tomorrow. I noticed you use a citric bath. I may try that.
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Citric acid is the bomb. Way cheaper than Evaporust.