Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

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October 1, 2011

Sale draws bargain hunters

HISEVILLE — Carissa Westmoreland was one of many people who traveled the Cordell Hull Highway Friday looking for bargains during the Roller Coaster Yard Sale.

She traveled the entire yard sale route through Kentucky and Tennessee.

“This year seems like it’s a lot better,” said the Mud Lick resident. “There’s more vendors out and the weather is a lot nicer.”

Along the way she purchased items for her kitchen, clothes, books and some antiques. She also bought a Pee Wee Herman doll, which she said was in perfect condition.

“I’d say it would be worth a lot now,” she said.

Westmoreland plans to sell the doll on E-Bay in hopes of making a profit on her find.

Of all the things she saw on her trip, the doll was not the most unusual thing she saw. At one yard sale booth she came upon a six-seater go-kart.

“That’s the most unusual thing I saw,” she said.

The go-kart was priced at $550, which she said was a good price, but she passed on the purchase. She also passed on buying a crate full of live chickens, explaining she owns several dogs and would be afraid the dogs would kill the chickens if she took them home.

Vendors along the Roller Coaster route offered all kinds of things for sale, including chickens, puppies, antiques, hand tools, clothes and food, among other things.

Lyndal Rutledge, of Glasgow, was one of several vendors who set up at the Temple Hill Lions Club Fairgrounds.

Rutledge had an assortment of items for sale, including a coffee grinder, an anvil and a large, round Coca-Cola sign, which he said is a rare find.

The 1950-era sign is unique because it features a white background, while most Coca-Cola signs have red backgrounds.

“I think they only made them for a couple of years,” he said.

Rutledge found the sign at an antique shop in Springfield, Tenn. and bargained with the shop’s owner until he came down on the price.

On Friday Rutledge was attempting to sell the sign for $800. He would not disclose how much he paid the antique shop owner for the sign.  

“A guy told me a couple years ago he sold one for $1,200,” Rutledge said.

With Rutledge on Friday was his wife, Hilda, who said this year was the first time she had helped him man his booth.

“If I had some money I’d find some bargains,” she said.

Her husband said if she sold the Coca-Cola sign, she could keep the money.

Friday was not the first time Lyndal Rutledge had attempted to sell his wares during the Roller Coaster Yard Sale. He also sells items during the U.S. 68/Ky. 80 Yard Sale, the Highway 127 Yard Sale and at a flea market in Bowling Green.

“I like to get out and buy, but you have to sell occasionally,” he said.

Vicki Gorbett, of Summer Shade, shopped at the fairgrounds on Friday with her daughter, Chrissy.

“I found quite a bit [of bargains],” Vicki Gorbett said, who added she wasn’t looking for anything in particular. “I like looking at the antiques and some of the crafts.”

One of the prettiest things she saw Friday were two antique couches in the Temple Hill area, she said.

“They were Victorian style,” she said.

Terry Taylor rents booth space in his yard at Temple Hill.

“This is the most I’ve ever had,” he said.

He rented 70 lots this year.

“I had 62 lots last year,” he said.

On Friday Taylor had customers from as far away as Alabama and Ohio.

“You’ll get people coming from all over, different states,” he said.

The Roller Coaster Yard Sale continues on Saturday. For more information about the event, visit www.rollercoaster.com.

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