Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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May 24, 2014

Country Music Highway Yard Sale is a hit

ASHLAND — From South Shore to the Virginia border, bargain hunters found what they were looking for on tables and stands scattered in clusters from one end of U.S. 23 to the other during the annual Country Music Highway Yard Sale.

The grassy area in front of Sargent’s Tire at the intersection of U.S. 23 and Hoods Creek Pike seemed to be the hot spot for Boyd County’s yard-sale shoppers. Vendor Donna Hall of Ashland, with help from several family members, sold “a little bit of everything,” including children’s videos, collectible dolls and home decor items. Hall said sales had been brisk through the morning Saturday, with children’s items among the most popular. The local vendor said she wasn’t sure if her patrons had all been local, or were traveling along the famous highway to shop.

From table to table, participants had their choice of glassware, dishes, lotions, hot foods, nicknacks, cookware, katanas, folding knives, fixed blades, steam cleaners, clothes, floor jacks, Easter eggs, an ESPN football game, Christmas trees, antique crocks, purses, plows made for mule or horse power, Polaroid cameras, grill tongs, Nintendo games, memorial wreaths, a little red wagon and more clothes than most could care to sort through.

Among the items causing the most conversation were those on display at Lloyd Evans’ space, including a couple of pieces that looked out of place against the industrial background of the nearby gas plant and steel mill.

“What is that thing?” a man asked, prompting Evans to reply, “It looks like a seed separater, or something to do with a corn mill.”

Evans said the large wooden weaver’s loom he had on display came from across the Ohio River in Proctorville, purchased from the last operator’s grandson.

“The last rug he was making is still on there. He never got to finish,” Evans said.

A otherwise unidentified man from Westwood smiled as he shared that his wife, who had proceeded to Greenup to further check out the yard sale action, had done quite well shopping with a budget of only $8.

“This one is a McCoy that she paid $3 for,” he said, pointing to a small piece of pottery and noting it even has a desireable kiln mark in the glaze. “She picked it up and the guy was like $3! She said, ‘You got it!’”

Yard sales are better than flea markets, the man observed, explaining people at yard sales are more likely to make great deals and not try to sell their items for full market value.

TIM PRESTON can be reached at tpreston@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2651.

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