Sunday, June 5, 2011

A Highway Sale in SC Peach Country!

 The Thrill of the Hunt for Vintage Treasure 
Takes The Picking Sisters to Highway 23

A Mosaic Tractor in the Center of Town

  Yep, they're Buffalo.

We guess this is how you know you're "out in the country"?

      The Picking Sisters headed out June 3, 2011 for the annual 
Peach Tree Highway Sale from Modoc to Lexington, SC along Hwy. 23. We shopped by the side of the road in Johnston, SC whose claim to fame is being The Peach Capital of the World. 
From farms and peach orchards to shacks and mansions, we traveled 50 miles of back roads down Main Streets where the train tracks run right through the towns. Silos, water towers and sugarcane fields share the landscape with pecan trees and magnolia blossoms. 

     The joy and surprise of a highway sale is always the way local folks setup on lawns, porches, and parking lots. Some bring their RV's, most have tables, boxes or sell from the back of a truck. Signs are handmade and nothing is ever "what it's marked". Negotiations are friendly and the selection is amazing. 

Yummy fresh peaches!

Need a saddle? A claw foot tub? How about collectible glass, knicknacks, antique tools or  a live chicken? 
These photos from the sale are a glimpse into what you might find!

A sewing machine made into a lamp.

No display? Use a car seat.

Set a spell and have a peach.

Here are some of our favorite signs from this trip. Art is where you find it...

Worms for lunch???

There are stereotypes of the South - mansions and magnolias to name a few. We did see some lovely homes and you could smell the magnolias everywhere. The heat was oppressive, but that's part of the South we love as long as the car is air conditioned and the motel and the restaurants and the convenience stores and...

A rare booth in the shade.

This Main Street had American flags as far as you could see.

Proud to be a farmer.

We were lucky to find this treasure trove of trinkets, geegaws and baubles to load on etsy!


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