smoky mountain memories.

August 13, 2012

the endless yard sale … (aka 127 sale or the world’s largest yard sale)…we were there to host the endless yard sale competition for HGTV. and it was an endless adventure.

epic, i dare say.

690 miles of yard sales. 690 miles of junk. stretching from alabama to michigan…heaven, is that you?

we went. we saw. we yard sale’d. we had a helluva good time in the great state of tennessee! and seriously, holy moly good gawsh almighty…. could that state be any more beautiful? i think not.

and now, a little review of our griswald-esque adventures in the smoky mountains

{on a wing & a prayer...looking for junk...and righteous guidance at cumberland mountain}

the journey

{stopping to smell the roses...middle of nowhere, tennessee}



{having a griswald moment here...}

{and here...we just loved this sign. had to pull over just to take a pic}

but now…time for work.

we were there for the ultimate yard sale competition. 3 teams traveled from near and far to strut their yard sale skills.

3 teams. 3 days. 4 challenges. call it yard sale boot camp. thrift 101. battle of the deal seekers.

shoot day 1:

wheels up…destination: north crossville, tennessee…

{me, amie, & our fearless road warrior-partner in crime, joe pete!}

the teams:

a) team frat boys

{the georgia fraternity boys...soon-to-be JG interns}

b) team runners

{from texas to runners were in it to win it}

c) team yoga

{emily & CJ ... the happily hippie married entrepreneurs}

because everyone needs a little yard sale zen…

{i could totallllly do that if i wanted to.}

us & the teams group together as we  announce the winner of challenge 2…and reveal the next challenge…


{as the co-hosts of the competition, amie & i had to announce challenges, winners, and give appraisals}

we were there to work…but of course, we couldn’t NOT BUY some of the great junk!!!

{loooove this PURE metal sign! a fave!}

{pulled over on the side of the road to make this quick purchase! retro vending machines!}

{who could resist this old school go cart?!}

{a peaches & cream bike with banana seat? i'll take it.}

shoot day 2: destination: cumberland mountain & pikeville, tennessee

we started out the morning yard salin’ & filming at cumberland mountain. but, of course…no adventure is complete without a little rain….

{we took refuge from the driving rain here...cutest general store & malt shop ever!!}

and then…the clouds parted, the sun came out and we headed to PIKEViLLE, tennessee…

{shooting in the mountains...gorgeous}


and it was here, in pikeville, that we were given our very own mason jar full o’ homegrown tennessee mountain apple pie moonshine…

shoot day 3: destination: signal mountain

the final day of the competition…

{up on the mountain...}


{me & amie with chris, michelle, &'s a wrap!}


as they say, all good things must come to an end…

so we bid tennessee farewell…and cowgirl jetsetted back to our beloved texas…


{de-gypsying ourselves for security}

y’all put it on your calendar! set your DVR’s!!! the endless yard sale airs friday, october 5 at 8pm EST/PST & 7pm CST!!!

place your bets nowwww…who’s it gonna be, a) team frat boys, b) team runners, or c) team yoga ??!!


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  • Reply Shirley Clark August 17, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    This is awesome, and I can’t wait to watch!!

  • Reply Melody Harmon "Mel's Designs" August 17, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    Good show…us Tennesseans know how to do it right!…I was stationed on the old Hwy 127 going into Jamestown, TN….it was a ton of fun indeed! Glad you have you all join us!

  • Reply Wilma Schiebel August 17, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    I so envy you that you were able to go to the 127 sale. I can’t wait to see the episode. I went several year ago, and it was one of the most fun things I’ve ever done. My husband and I can’t go now because he works 6 days a week. I have to re-live it through you girls. I love your show and am a Junk Gypsy at heart! Blessings…

  • Reply Bethany August 17, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    Absolutely LOVE ya Gypsies!! Thanks for always sharing tips and tidbits. Totally want’cha to re-do my apartment…lol.
    LiVE HaPPY!!

  • Reply Kir August 17, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    This sale is my and my husband’s bucket lists. Can’t wait to go someday!

  • Reply Michelle Kendall August 17, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    I am bettin on Team Frat Boys! If you all are gonna make them interns LOL they must be good!

  • Reply Leena Lanteigne August 17, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    I can’t believe that we have to wait until October! I’ve already put it on my cell phone with a alarm set! The junk looked fantastic – I think I drooled on my keyboard! I swear I will make it to this sale one of these years! I can’t stand it – have to have junk! Y’all look fab, as always! Hugs, Leena

  • Reply lisa August 17, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    Y’all truly live the charmed life! Cannot wait to watch!

  • Reply Glenita Hayden-DeadPeoplesStuff August 17, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    Yip!! Been there done that!!! Bet y’all had a BLASSST !! Especially since the fam AND Joe Pete went!!!! Didn’t ya LOVE that little general store?! Karol & I spent a lotta time in there!! Comin to see y’all soon!! Gotta check out that PURE sign!!

  • Reply CJ "Poodle" Jasenski August 17, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    We had a great time hanging with both of you in Tenn. I’m still thinking that the vending machines should have gone home in our truck …not yours. Hope all is well in TX. Talk soon- CJ

  • Reply Lisa August 18, 2012 at 8:22 am

    Watching your show and reading your blog is one of my highlights of the day! Thank you Gypsies.

  • Reply Sandi ~ A Cottage Muse August 18, 2012 at 9:14 am

    Can’t wait!

  • Reply Liz August 18, 2012 at 10:52 am

    Sounds like a heaven of a trip!

  • Reply Beth Ann August 19, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    My cousin and I traveled from Texas for the second time to do the Longest yard sale!! We met you in Pikeville and loved watching the final challenge being shot!! You were so gracious as we had been rained on, really bad hair and had absolutely no makeup left!!! Over 650 miles of yard sales and we happened to be in the right place at the right time!! Your crew was also fantastic and so nice!! You are living the junkers dream and I wish you the very best!!!! Hope to see you in Round Top in October!

  • Reply swoosie August 20, 2012 at 2:28 am

    Your new site here is really fun to read. The photos are so fun that I come back each day just to get inspired.
    I saw this sign while yarding the other day, “Have apples, want pie.” If only I were a baker….

  • Reply WeWeekend Cowgirlekend Cowgirl August 20, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    Have been dying to go to that yard sale! Love your show and cannot wait to see this segment in October!!

  • Reply Stephanie August 21, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    We traveled from Texas too and saw y’all in Crossville! We did GREAT at Cumberland Mountain – so FUN!!

  • Reply Rosario August 30, 2012 at 11:48 pm

    Can’ wait to see the show!!! We love you girls!!! Saudis Desde Chicago .

  • Reply Kathy Botard September 14, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    My husband and I talk about going to the endless yard sale in Tennessee +. I’m glad I found your blog, I marked on the calendar so I won’t miss the show. DVR won’t go that far in advance :(. I am waiting for next week, vendors are already there. I may have to take a peek tomorrow.

  • Reply Debi Atkinson September 24, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    How perfect that I will be with my BFF junker in Round Top on 10/5. We’ll be sittin’ in front of the tv! It was so nice to meet you girls a few weeks ago at the library benefit in Round Top. I hope Indie is still enjoying her Barbi dolls. Wish I could have won that deer statue for your son! Best wishes for a great season on HGTV.

  • Reply ryan October 13, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    would love to double-team team frat, take it in both ends for sure

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  • Reply lisag July 29, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    glad you had fun in my great home state of TN …..I wanna do the Texas big sale someday..oh and I love my Junk Gypsy purchase…I will be watching

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    I googled Peaches and Cream bike the other day with little hope of actually find it. But here it is! I can’t believe it! Is it possible you still have it?? I had that bike as a kid until my dad accidently rode over it with his work truck. I tell my kids stories about that bike and how I remember my dad teaching me to ride it. I have no toys from my childhood, and this was my favorite. Please let me know if you still have it!! Thank you!!

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