I took about two hours Saturday to inch up Route 11 as part of the Route 11 Yard Crawl. The crawl is a 43-mile stretch of yard sales lining Route 11, running from New Market in the South to Stephens City in the North.
I chose to only cover the area between Mount Jackson and Woodstock. Along the way I stopped a few times, only walking away with one vintage Pyrex casserole dish for $5.
There are a variety of spots from which to choose. Modern signs painted to look like old signs, a family clearing out the basement, businesses having “sidewalk sales,” dealers with antique furniture, and groups of vendors at a flea market were only a few options.
Of note — there is a reason it’s called a crawl. My average speed in some areas was about 5 miles an hour, which is a good thing — folks will walk right out into traffic to get from one sale to another or to get to their car.
Next year Mom is joining me and hopefully Tim. It’s hard to drive, scan the sales to decide where to stop, and watch the sides of the roads for opening car doors. It was fun, though, and I think it will be an annual event for the Smith family. – Stacey Morgan Smith*** This personal blog is comprised solely of the opinions, views, projects, and travels of its author, Stacey Morgan Smith. She is lucky enough to have loving family and friends whom she drags along with her on her adventures and whom she puts to work on her little farm. She uses this blog to help promote living in the mountains of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, from Roanoke to the Potomac River.**