BRUNSWICK, Ga. - Three friends from Tallahassee are trying the 200-mile Peaches to Beaches yard sale in reverse this year.
With Virginia Hart at the wheel of her motor home, Dawn Kennedy in the passenger seat and Cora Green in the back, the three retirees struck out from Brunswick early Friday headed west on the annual two-day yard sale.
"Last year, we started in Perry and came east. We never made it here,'' Hart said at a stop in the Sterling community.
Asked where they would sleep should they fill up the motor home by Saturday night, Hart said, "It has plenty of cabinet space. Then we put it in the shower.''
Neal and Cheryl Kinnamar came from Reno, Nev., for the Daytona 500 and were using the yard sale to fill time between NASCAR races in Martinsville and Bristol.
They bought a collection of NASCAR shot glasses and a rebel flag pillowcase, a purchase they couldn't agree on.
"He thinks it's very unpatriotic,'' Cheryl Kinnamar said. "I think it's cool.''
Traveling in a little boxy Scion xB, she said they're already wondering how much more they can buy.
Former racers, their Scion has flames on the hood and fenders.
"When you drive a toaster,'' she said, "you've got to do something to it."
At the western end of the sale, in peach orchard country west of Macon, morning temperatures were near freezing and it was chilly and windy near the beach. That may have helped coffee sales at the crossroads in the Mount Pleasant community were a group was selling grilled sausages and other food to benefit Akin Memorial United Methodist Church across the road, and to raise funds for Robby "Redd" Groover of Jesup, who needs a kidney transplant, said his sister Lisa Sanders.
Charles "Doc" Proudfoot worked the grill while his brother, Martin Proudfoot, worked the crowd going though the goods displayed on a long flat-bed trailer. Martin Proudfoot had big longleaf pinecones on one end that he was offering for a quarter each or five for $1.
"Them Yankees ought to buy them,'' he said. "We sold a hornet's nest one year.''
Dennis Rollins of Jacksonville picked up an old True Temper fishing reel that was on a broken rod.
"Something unusual,'' he said. "Made in the USA."
It is an annual trip for Rollins and his wife, and they typically shop both days. They missed last year because they took a 25th anniversary cruise instead.
"We go up as far as we can, get a hotel around Hazlehurst,'' get up Saturday and start out again, he said.
Rachel Deal of Statesboro left home at 6 a.m. and made her first buy at 7:30. At Everett, she bought two parakeets, a cage, food and other bird items for $45 from Blinda Roberson. It was a good deal for both women.
"The cage alone is worth that,'' Deal said as she put them in the back of Naomi Gilchrist's van.
"They made too much of a mess,'' Roberson said as the birds disappeared down U.S. 341. "I paid $30 each for them. I'm glad they're gone.''
She was also selling toys, clothes, books and other things her children, 10 and 14, had outgrown, that had been in the garage 10 years.
In its seventh year, the sale stretches from Culloden about 20 miles west of Macon to Jekyll Island. There are 13 official stops along the way and many more unofficial on the roadsides, in store parking lots and other places.
The sale resumes today at 8 a.m. and ends at 6 p.m.