World’s Longest Yard Sale

I was tickled to find the Spring 2014 issue of Flea Market Style magazine in my mailbox this week. The World’s Longest Yard Sale article I got to be a part of last Fall starts on page 56, and seeing those photos brought back so many fun memories!

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Our adventure started in Fort Payne, Alabama, and as with any August outing in the South, it was very hot and humid that weekend- the air so heavy it felt like we were wearing it. (Said the girl who doesn’t like the way her upper arms look in photos, and insisted on wearing long sleeves the whole time.) 😛

World's Longest Yard Sale

Our mountain top cabin on the other hand, was as cool as the other side of a pillow, and I felt just like a kid again up there- what with all the pizza, and PJs, and girl talk, and treasure hunting.

Bear Creek Log Cabins

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We woke up early both days, and we must have stopped twenty-five times as we shopped our way to and from Gadsden and Signal Mountain.

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Mary Kay had such a eagle eye when it came to seeing the best stuff from the road while we drove, and shopping with Ki was such a trip! I’ve been inspired by her passion and creativity since 2004, and it was so neat to watch her in action!

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I came home with a few little things at the end of the trip, but I’ll always remember our time together as the best part of that sale.

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Nothing like a weekend with my favorite flea marketeers! 😀


And while I’m thinking about fellowship- I wanted to share that I joined the most wonderful Bible study group this week! Out of our group of seven, I am the only one who doesn’t have adult children, and I’m the only one that didn’t grow up in church, but I knew within minutes I was going to love it. We’re working through Priscilla Shirer’s study on Gideon, and the Week 1 (nutshell) take-away for me was about how important it is to remember to Glean from the generation ahead of us, how important it is to remember to Share with the generation behind us, and that unity doesn’t mean sameness it means oneness of purpose.

I left Study #1 feeling so thankful for Nudge to spend the next five Wednesdays with a group of Wiser gals I can glean from, and excited that I get to share the Good News with my little one from the start. And my favorite part? The peace that came along with hearing that it’s okay to be different, and that our oneness will always be our same. :-)


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  1. says

    Y’all looked like you were having fun at the yard sale. I’m also excited for you in finding a good Bible study and good friends:)

  2. says

    I loved reading this post, Layla. It is so awesomely cool to see the photos from the World’s Longest Yard Sale. I got one of those massive Mason jars last year at a rummage sale. LOVE it!

  3. says

    Such a fun post. It sure made me wish I was there with you. How great was that cabin!! I have to say, I love hearing bits of your spiritual journey too and watching you and Kevin glow in the love of HIS goodness. Your blog is one of the must click emails out of a sea of emails. Thanks for sharing your life with us.

    BTW – Happy Valentine’s Day!

  4. Cami says

    My Bible study just finished Gideon, I really enjoyed Priscilla and looking at Gideon in a new light.

  5. says

    I would LOVE to do that longest yard sale some time. I guess it would help if I actually had room to buy anything. We’re busting at the seams but that would totally be a good excuse to buy a bigger house, right? :)

    So glad you’re enjoying your Bible study group and a great lesson to pass on so we all remember we have knowledge to soak in and pass along.

  6. Christy Keyton says

    I have always wanted to shop that sale, but it will have to wait. As one of those women with adult children, we have a wedding that weekend this year! So happy you found a study with the “older generation”. I was discipled by a woman in her 50’s when I was in my 20’s and newly married. I can’t tell you all I learned from her!

  7. Alice says

    Ahh, That made me cry…the part about gleaning from the ladies who are a bit ahead of you. I too am a mom of adult children and I am trying to find my way now that they are all gone. Grandbaby #1 due next week! Your baby is blessed to have a very wise momma. 1Tim 6:20,21 (paraphrase) In a nutshell…Guard what has been entrusted to your care. Don’t go off the rails from opposing ideas that which for some passes as knowledge. Can’t wait to meet your little one! Blessings

  8. Terri says

    VERY GOOD WORD Layla…………. Thank you for sharing and ummm……I could pack right now and head straight for that comfy, cozy looking cabin!!!!! WOW…..

  9. Angie W says

    I have always wanted to go to the World’s Longest Yard Sale. What fun that must be. I’m from Missouri. What advice would you have if I wanted to give it a go this year? How do you know where to start and did you stay at the same place the whole time or move each night?

  10. Cindy Brown says

    I just want you to know that I love “tuning in” on your blog. Your sweet face and beautiful smile just make me happy! I so look forward to sharing your journey to motherhood.

  11. Cathy says

    Hi Layla,
    I second all the comments made so far and have a funny question. What is the brand of the cute shoes you are wearing on the front porch picture? They look so comfortable but stylish too! Perfect for trooping around garage sales! Thanks!

  12. Susan Hammond says

    Layla, I loved reading this! I can tell you first hand, there is nothing more important on this earth, than raising our kids in The Lord. If we accomplish nothing else in our lives, knowing our kids have a relationship with our Loving Heavenly Father, is all I could ask for. I, too, have “adult children” and knowing I will spend eternity with them and my wonderful husband is the greatest thing on this earth! God bless you as you bring precious children into your life!

  13. Deborah D says

    Layla, Aren’t we thankful for Bible studies. So glad you got this opportunity. I’m in one on Mondays, we are studying Beth Moore’s “Believing God”. Oh how wonderful these Mondays are.

  14. says

    That cabin – looks a-mazing!! Question – do you know if this yard sale is going to be/is an annual event? I’d love to catch it sometime, but didn’t get to it this year.

  15. says

    Oh, I love these pics, and the wonderful fun of flea markets!
    Where in the world is that wonderful cabin?

    Our Bible study group of 7 :) is doing the Gideon study. Love it! Bible study will change your life. It did mine…. and I can’t live without it!

    Blessings to you, Kevin and to that little one of yours. May the days just fly by till he is in your arms!

  16. Kathy says

    Such a sweet post, Layla. As one of the ladies in the group, I want to be sure you know what a blessing you are to the rest of us “older” ones. Your passion ignites ours and reminds us that this gift we have been given is far too big for complacency. Look forward to Wednesday! Oh, and you have really fired me up to go on a trip to The World’s Longest Yard Sale!

  17. says

    And this is why I love you, Layla! I love that sentence, “…unity doesn’t mean sameness, it means oneness of purpose” and that with your little one, your oneness will be your same. So good. And I agree with another commenter that your posts are the ones I always check, out of so many others.
    I have learned so much from your designs and you have helped me define my style.
    I love everything you post…every thought, every “growing moment,” every honest peek inside your heart (which always makes me think of my own journey) and every one of your designs. I’m really thankful you are a part of my life almost every day. You always bring joy, appreciation for life and great ideas!

  18. hello haha harf says

    “unity doesn’t mean sameness it means oneness of purpose” just made my day. xoxo

  19. says

    I loved the article; how did you find that cabin during the busiest time of year? I’ve always wondered how one goes about planning where they will stay each night on a multi-day trip; it seems it might be a little stressful to find lodging without planning far in advance, and yet how do you know where you will be?

    It’s so cool that you found the ‘perfect’ study for you; I know that the other members will be blessed by your presence.

    • Layla says

      Hi Jan! We’ve been staying at the Bear Creek Log Cabins for several years, and booked that one well in advance because we knew we’d be there for the shoot. We only shopped between Fort Payne and Signal Mountain, so we drove back to the cabin at the end of both nights. :-)

  20. says

    I am going to check out the book you are studying. I have not really ever studied Gideon. Sounds interesting and liked the idea of gleaning from the older who have been around the longest. I think there are some that have become bitter and have no real insight to offer, but many, many do.
    I need to get my copy of the magazine too and hope to one day do the yard sale myself.

  21. Cindy Chapman says

    Where is that beautiful cabin? Is it a rent by owner or through a rental agency? It’s just what I’m looking for.

    • Layla says

      It’s in Fort Payne at the Bear Creek Log Cabins. Kevin and I have stayed there a handful of times since we got married and it’s always a treat! :-)

  22. says

    I must get the magazine. The Longest Garage Sale would be such fun. I love and appreciate your comments about your Bible Study.

  23. Lisa Goodman says

    I enjoy reading your blog and am interested in the Bible study you mentioned. It sounds great and also brought tears to my eyes as I think about the generations before us! My daughter and her family are about to embark on their journey to live in SE Asia. (Her blog is We are from TN and I definitely know about the yard sale. I too was interested in where you stayed AND the BBQ sandwich:)

    • Layla says

      Hi Lisa! We stayed at Bear Creek Log Cabins and I’m having trouble remembering the name of the place we got the sandwich at. I’ll have to check with Ki about that…Kevin wants to try one next year, too! 😀

  24. Christy says

    Girl, you are about to seriously be fed! Nothing like learning from Godly women:)

  25. says

    I always thought it would be such fun to do a long yard sale trip with friends! Your Bible study group sounds wonderful. I love seeing a balance in a church body of older believers as well as younger and in between. Your take-away is perfect; we all have much to glean from each other. We truly are as one..

  26. Rebecca says

    Enjoy the bible study! It sounds wonderful…it is always so good to grow with other girls in the faith!

  27. says

    My neighbor and good friend always hits the yard sales in the summertime, and I have never been to one…I know I know….looking at these fun pictures makes me want to give it a try this summer! So glad to hear about the bible study, fellowship with other women has been vital to my survival!