I do love a day trip that involves shopping, especially bargain shopping and some good people-watching, too.
So every year I look forward to the aptly named Trash & Treasures communitywide yard sale in Cross Plains (population 1,714).
Where else could you find everything from yard art to socks and sunglasses and handmade birdhouses, fresh produce (locally grown tomatoes, corn, berries and more), leather goods, local honey, baked goods (hoping that the Methodist church ladies will have their bake sale), toys, furniture, tools, clothing, books and more.
Always held the last Friday and Saturday of June (except last year when COVID-19 canceled it), this unique two-day sale has been a Robertson County tradition for more than 30 years, with dozens of Cross Plains residents and some outside vendors setting up their wares in grassy areas and parking lots along the main highway and Cross Plains side streets.
Chamber member Barry Richards said the sale is “a mixture of serious shoppers and people who just want to see people — it is like a homecoming. It is the highlight of the year for Cross Plains,” he said.
“It is the biggest and best yard sale you will ever attend,” said Tammy Covington, who is organizing this year’s sale. “It’s a mixture of yard sale and flea market — with something for everyone.”
Sale day starts early in this laid-back rural community just off Interstate 65 about 35 miles north of Nashville — with some of the vendors ready for business by 6 a.m. And on Friday morning, an extra draw is that WSM radio’s Bill Cody and Charlie Mattos will broadcast their “Coffee, Country & Cody” show live from the porch of Thomas Drug Store.
Thomas Drug Store, which has been in business since the 1930s, is your best landmark, serving as ground zero for the sale, and a “must” stop for anyone going to the sale. Housed in a National Register building constructed in 1915, Thomas is a modern pharmacy coupled with a step back in time soda fountain, where you can sit at the counter and enjoy an old-fashioned milkshake ($4.69), hot fudge sundae ($4.99), banana split ($5.39) or other ice cream treat.
And just for fun, you could try the “HOBO Float,” which is a water with a toothpick — and is free.
The other “must” stop on a trip to Cross Plains is the Doctor’s House Museum, which offers free tours on Trash & Treasures weekend. The annual Trash & Treasures event is sponsored by Cross Plains Heritage Commission to maintain the Doctor’s House Museum.
The 2021 sale is June 25-26 along Highway 25 in Cross Plains. Directions from Nashville: Head north on I-65 to Exit 112 and take Highway 25 for about 3 miles into Cross Plains. Wear your walking shoes!
Details: visitcrossplains.com or call Thomas Drug Store at 615-654-3877.
Mary Hance, who has four decades of journalism experience in the Nashville area, writes a weekly Ms. Cheap column. She also appears on Thursdays on “Talk of the Town” on NewsChannel 5. Reach her at email@example.com and follow her on Facebook as Facebook.com/mscheap.