The 127 Yard Sale, or the World’s Longest Yard Sale, as it is also called, is a Junker’s dream. If this is your first trip, or if you are a pro, this is one of the biggest events of the year for junkers and pickers. You need to be prepared.
I’ve listed some things that I think need to go in every 127 yard sale toolkit. (or any flea market your attend.)
Yard Sale Tool Kit Contents:
- A rolling collapsable cart. I like the ones with the big wheels that travel easily over gravel or through fields. Who wants to make multiple trips to the car? I place a few cardboard boxes and either newspaper or bubble wrap to protect small breakable items.
- Bubble wrap, newspaper, and tape to wrap fragile purchases.
- Plastic grocery bags, or reusable bags. We junkers love rusty and crusty, but, we may not want that next to those vintage linens we just purchased.
- Tie downs and quilts or furniture blankets. If you are traveling in a truck, you want all those good finds to stay in the back. Covering with old quilts or furniture blankets will protect paint, mirrors, etc.
- Tape measure. This has saved me a few times in purchasing something that would not go in the back of my little KIA Soul. If you are looking for a special piece to go in a certain place in your home, take your measurements with you.
- Hand wipes, hand sanitizer, toilet paper. This is a yard sale. Expect dirt and if you have been to the 127 yard sale you’ve used the Porta-Potty. Enough said.
- Bug spray, lip balm, and sunscreen. The first week in August in the South is brutal.
- Ball cap or hat. Sweaty hair is a given.
- Extra shoes. Many of the best finds can be found in cow pastures. Mud, and other “stuff” can be stepped in.
- A spare key in your pocket. Getting in and out of your car when you see an exciting find can result in locking them in the car.
- A big purse or bag. Sling it over your shoulder and put small items in it. Items in your hand can be set down and left easily. Put some plastic grocery bags and paper in the bag.
- Water, Water, Water. August in the south is hot and humid.
- Small bills for cash.
- Patience. Lots of it.
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