A framed photo of the late Davey Allison circa 1992 at Daytona Speedway. (Photo: Staff)

 

I was picking through a pile of Confederate memorabilia and cast-iron skillets at the 127 Yard Sale this weekend when a thought occurred to me: “None of this stuff is worth buying.”

Sure, I like old things—pipes, trinkets, furniture, sports cards, pop culture ephemera—but I’m not sure why I found myself fighting traffic on Signal Mountain trying to get a “bargain.”

Of course, I understand the appeal. We all want to find that diamond in the rough, that one piece hidden in a box that we can buy for $1 and have appraised in a decade on “Antiques Roadshow” for an estimated value of $100 billion trillion. We’re still looking.

This week, I thought I would share some of my favorite yard sale/garage sale finds throughout the years. I don’t usually shop for value, but I do browse for aesthetics and utilitarian purposes. I’m also a sucker for cheap, stupid items that make me laugh. And I love leather and anything “old.”

I may not have found a single thing at the World’s Longest Yard Sale that I wanted to buy this weekend, but I’ve definitely lucked out a few times.

What have been your favorite yard sale/thrift store finds? Any treasures? Stupid items? Let me know in the comments below.

Click through for my best thrift store/yard sale finds.

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