Belle & Beau on the Dixie Highway 90 Mile Yardsale

Nothing says “family time” like packing up the kids and dog and heading out to spend the entire day yard sale hopping. Oh, who am I kidding? I forced them to go, all of them. But since I put in almost 5 hours sitting at the ball field for soccer tryouts this week, I figured they could spend 5 hours in the car while I worked had fun searching for inventory.

Diesel’s first time coming “picking” with us, and he did great!

My friend, Kimberly, told me about the Dixie Highway 90 Mile Yard Sale a while ago. But unfortunately for me, it always conflicted with other plans. I was on the fence about going right up until the time we pulled out of the driveway. It’s a really long drive for us to get there, and there is never a guarantee you’ll find anything good. In fact, I was worried we were going to drive all of that way and get rained out.

First things, first. In my world of yard sales, people set up at 8:00 and “early birds” show up at 7:45. With traffic, we ended up not getting to Adairsville (one of the cities on the 90 mile stretch) until 10:30, and people were just then starting to set up. Not sure what that was all about, but I’m glad we got a late start. I would’ve been all huh? and wuh? and “this is a bust.”

Our 9 year old played “photographer” today. And I love seeing the day through her eyes! Here are a few of her pictures. At the bottom you can see a picture of some of the things I ended up buying.

Sweet iron bed. The guy insisted it was a “twin” but I knew better. Smaller than a twin! He wanted $75

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Loved this.

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Some very cool bottles here. We must be on the right track!

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We ended up buying all of the insulators here.

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 Here is a small portion of what we ended up getting:

Insulators, camera and case, skates, dolls, milk glass tea sets – one for iced tea and one for hot tea. etc, etc

Best deal of the day: the insulators
Favorite find of the day (that I’m keeping!): jadeite sugar bowl with holly leaves on it. Everything else is for sale.
Should’ve skipped on: antique scale (not pictured)

We had fun and will definitely do it again!


Insu-Laters, Baby

Hi there! Did you miss me? Sorry I’m posting later today, but I’ve had you on my mind. I couldn’t wait to show y’all what you can do with these great glass insulators. These are as utilitarian as they come. Glass insulators were used for years on telephone poles to keep the wire connections dry from the outdoor elements. Water conducts electricity, and that’s not good!

Glass insulators come in all kinds of colors. Different colors do not have any meaning or purpose. They simply made insulators at the end of the day with whatever glass color they had been using earlier in the day. I love that! Something so utilitarian, that it wasn’t even given a dedicated color, has now become something that people seek out to find and save.

You might also find ceramic ones. I prefer the glass, but that’s just me. If you like the ceramic ones, then love them for all you’re worth. Unfortunately, the ceramic ones won’t be much use for what I’m showing you today, though.

So today your supplies are: glass insulators and electric flicker tea light candles.

Glass Insulators

 Y’all, glass insulators as a whole are not rare. Certain colors are hard to find. However, if you aren’t looking for a specific color, you should be able to find these very easily anywhere vintage and antique items are sold.

Battery Operated Tea Light Candles

I found my tea light candles at Sam’s Club. They have a great set around Christmas time for a very good price, and it even includes extra batteries. But you can get yours anywhere. CVS, Walmart, Publix. Any.where. I saw a set of 3 at Walmart today for 99 cents.

Okay, now here’s the hard ridiculously easy part. Turn on the light and put it under the insulator. That’s it. You’re done. You don’t have to have any special talent for this project. Anyone can do it.

Instant Ambiance


I love using these outside on a patio table. The flickering lights make everything sparkle. They’re also great on a fireplace mantle. You don’t have to worry about having to blow the candle out.


Here’s another idea that is just as simple and easy to pull off:


The insulators fit perfectly into the openings of a vintage Coca-Cola crate. Instant vases for flowers from your yard!

What I love about both of these projects is that neither is permanent. You can use them for candlelight one day, and then for vases the next.


Be sure to come back tomorrow. I’ll be giving a sneak peak of what I’ll be selling at the fair on Saturday. (Tiny Hint: I will have these insulators with candles available there.) Let me know what you think of the insulators.
XOXO,
Abby