This has been a rainy day in Central Indiana. We are back in Indiana getting ready for one of the big antique shows we try to do every year. Of course, we didn’t get to go last year. Though the Highway 40 is really a very big yard sale, we do very good selling our vintage items and bigger items that we have found in our travels.
It becomes a big clean out the garage month for us. We set up at the Dunreith Baptist Church east of Greenfield, Indiana. It is such a great place for us to set up. The pastor and his wife are very nice and helpful. They let us park the RV right behind our display, which is so nice because we don’t have to travel every night.
Highway 40, also known as Old National Highway, is a historic road and fun to travel just to see the old buildings and historic sites. This year the sale will be from June 2 to June 6th. It starts in Baltimore, MD and continues thru St. Louis, MO. It draws lots of people and some interesting characters. We enjoy doing this show.
The Florida Flywheelers is an antique tractor club located in central Florida. Twice a year, in January and February, the Flywheelers have huge five day tractor shows coupled with flea markets and swap meets on the over 200 acre facility.
Yes, this is a motorized bath tub.
The grounds are so large that most people drive around the site. While golf carts are the most prevalent transportation, other “custom” means of travel are also seen. There is a nearly constant parade of vehicles driving down the aisles where vendors and tractor exhibitors are set up. You never know what you’ll see driving around!
April is usually the month we start getting ready for spring festivals to sell our glass pendants. The pendants all need to be shined and all tablecloths washed. Usually we are getting ready for antique shows, where we sell antiques that we collect all year. In fact our first show of the year is usually in April. This year we’re not even sure if there will be any festivals or shows for us to go to.
Selling our pendants at an Austin show
We have gotten everything for the spring, but doesn’t look like we will able to do any. Not even sure that we can do any at all this summer. We are hoping that by fall things will back to normal, but we can’t count on it.
We’ve been in Texas for most of the winter and came back at the end of Feb. because of Coronavirus. Then when it was suggested that older people and people with other diseases were high risk, it caused us to “shelter in place” at our home. We still have family, kids and grand-kids that live in Indiana and Ohio and we’ve postponed seeing them for the time being.
We use facetime a lot and it has helped keep our sanity. Very thankful for all we do have. We have a warm home, food, and don’t have the virus. We have books to read, movies to watch and facetime with family. We have time to get caught up reading blogs we haven’t had a chance to read. And, we are so grateful for all our online friends that keep us on our toes.
Bastrop Texas is an interesting little town southeast of Austin. We headed there with our Austin family to check things out. We found a place to park and found a nice map of the town on a large display board. This let us kind of make some plans for our adventure.
Great map allowing for planning the day
Cute gravel alley leading to some shops
We enjoyed the visitor center that also had a museum as well. The history of Bastrop is a tale of the old West that is fun to learn. The town is proud of its heritage and rightly so.
Some neat old stuff
A very unique raised flower bed
We enjoyed the 602 Brewery and Restaurant for a beer and a delicious meal. (read our review of the 602 Brewery here) After our meal we walked around the Main Street looking at the stores and shops. We also took a driving tour that led us to several historic homes in and around the downtown area.
Posing with a tortoise outside Visitor’s Center and Museum
Main Street, Bastrop
All in all we really enjoyed seeing Bastrop. There seem to be a lot of activities planned during the spring and summer months. There are over 30 festivals planned each year. The 900 acre Lake Bastrop has a plethora of recreational opportunities. This town is proud of its heritage and is most welcoming to visitors. Put Bastrop on your list of Central Texas places to visit.
Hi folks. I’m Arvey RV, and I carry those two Roadtirement people around the country. I decided that since they have a blog I might as well hop on and give you my side of the story.
I started out somewhere in North Indiana at a factory named Thor. I was bought by the Roadtirement people and boy were they funny. They had just had a trailer, so it was new for them to drive something like me. I’m not big like some of my cousins, and I soon found out that the people would squeeze me into parking places and lots that were made for cars. They kept saying how nice it was to be able to drive me to the store or theater or whatever/wherever they wanted to go.
I knew right away that I was in for quite the adventure. Lots of my friends take their people out for short trips close to where they are usually parked. But my people were going to be driving me around a lot of the time. In addition to visiting their kids and grandkids, they were talking about things called auctions, flea markets, antique stores and festivals. I knew that I would be stopping at places other than campgrounds!
Check back often. I’ve got lots of stories to tell!
Indiana offers some really nice fall festivals that are suitable for the entire family. Depending upon your home location, many of these will be a great event for a one day outing.
Atlanta Earth Days has been a tradition in central Indiana for years. Entertainment and hundreds of craft and merchandise vendors set up all over town. You can find anything for sale at this exciting shopping event. Bands also perform, and there are tons of food vendors scattered throughout the town. Thousands of folsk take advantage of this iconic festival each year.
The Cataract Bean Festival is held the first weekend in October in the tiny town of Cataract, Indiana. Home to the Cataract Falls State Recreation Area, the site is perfect for a fun event. The Cataract Volunteer Fire Department puts on the event which is their fundraising project each year.
Over 700 pound of beans are cooked over open fires in huge cast iron kettles. Served with cornbread, the firefighters always sell out each day! In addition to local entertainment, one of the highlights is the huge open air market. Crafts and flea market vendors fill nearly every open spot in the town. In addition you’ll find the full range of food concessions set up. Here is the VFD website.
Fort Vallonia Days in Jackson County is also one of those huge festivals set in a tiny town. Each year this festival continues a decades long tradition of providing a wholesome family event. The normal crowd size reaches nearly 30,000 people! Running for two days, Saturday is the day of the large parade that is fun for kids of all ages.
Hundreds of vendors are set up selling all kinds of goods. You can find inexpensive new merchandise, great antiques and lots of beautiful handmade crafts. Food? You bet! There are all the usual food concession trailers scattered around the town. Here is the Fort Vallonia Days website.
Each October Parke County, Indiana is the scene of the annual Covered Bridge Festival. This event sees close to two million people converging on the area for a ten day festival. While there are several beautiful vintage covered bridges scattered throughout the county, most folks come for the shopping.
And shopping there is! There are several small communities that become filled with vendor tents, food concession trailers and outdoor ‘yard sale’ type setups. It is true to state that if you can think of it it can be found for sale somewhere amongst the thousands of different vendors set up.
That’s our RV on the right in the background, set up at the old school campground at Bridgeton Indiana
We have set up camp in the little town of Bridgeton at an old (1920’s) school building grounds. There are several vendors set up on the grounds along with some food concession trailers. A few blocks north of our location there are hundreds of inside and outside vendors set up selling their wares. There are hand made crafts, new merchandise, antiques large and small and tons of “re-purposed” items. It is amazing how many ways an old wood pallet can be reused!
One of the hundreds of vendor displays at Bridgeton
The Parke County Covered Bridge Festival should be on your bucket list. It is one of the largest festivals of its kind in the country. People from all over the country come to shop, as well as come to set up their booths and tents to sell. There are plenty of RV campgrounds nearby and many private land owners open their yards and fields for RVs to camp during the festival.
This “modified” Class C was set up across from us at a show this summer. Wow. The fellow who drives this did all the artwork/painting himself. He is from Canada and sets up at shows all across the country. You might see him at a festival some time. His rig is hard to miss!
The whole rig is covered in paintings. The more you look, the more you see!
The Annie Oakely Festival took place last weekend. This theme festival is held near Greenville, Ohio, the home of the famed markswoman. It seemed fitting that the Ohio Fast Draw Association International held one of their competition shoots at the festival.
Fast draw shooters with their six guns ready to compete.
Sher and I had an absolute ball at the Luther Logging Days festival in Luther, Michigan. The festival ran the week of July 4th. We heard about this festival from a fellow vendor who was kind enough to give us the information for registration so we could set up and sell our wares.
Luther is a very small town (population 310) and is in the heart of logging and outdoor recreation country. The festival took place on the one main street in town, and we set up our selling space right next to the curb.
This festival was really fun. Sometimes when we are set up and selling we don’t get to share in the festivities. Not so at Luther: most of the activities took place near or in front of our booth space! There were bands, games for young and old alike and a wonderful parade on July 4th.
This was our set up
AM VET bikers in the parade
The people of Luther were very friendly and enjoy life to the fullest. Young and old alike really know how to have a good time.