On an early Saturday morning in the back hills of Tennessee, a line of cars file into a pasture across from an old barn. It’s not just a change in scenery, but a change in attitude that drives the vendors, as well as the shoppers, to barn sales.
Barn sales are the new trend in the antique, furniture, clothing and accessory business, that allows a diverse clan of artists to create and showcase their talents in a different atmosphere. Shoppers flock to barn sales to shop for one-of-a-kind items, enjoying the rural atmosphere and kind hospitality.
Miss Ester’s Barn Sale will be held this weekend, May 16-18, and is presented by Valerie Wells. The location is 400 Pistole Lane and Highway 55, and features a log house, pond, barn and a flowing stream. As well as a variety of vendors, live music and food will be enjoyed.
“I have less overhead and more of a life,” says Wells, an interior designer and former shopkeeper. “Last year, after struggling through a slow economy, paying high rent and bills, I decided to close my doors and opted to have barn sales.”
Miss Ester’s Barn Sale preview will be Friday, with a $10 admission going from 4 to 8 p.m.
Saturday hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday hours are noon to 5 p.m. with free admission both days. Wells provides these tips for first-timers:
Go on the preview night, even if you have to pay. This is when you find the best stuff.
Bring cash because there are no ATMs, and many vendors only take cash.
Wear comfortable shoes or cowboy boots because the ground usually has hay and is a little uneven.
If you are looking for furniture, be sure to bring a truck. Don’t be afraid to ask for a discount or see if they will take a lesser amount.
Remember if you see something you like, get it then because it may not be there when you come back.
Lastly, linger and have a good time.
Some other barn sales coming up in the area are Sweet Ila Mae’s at 789 Jericho Road, Quebeck on June 6-7; and Miss Lilli Mae’s Schoolhouse Sale, 2619 Swan Mill Road, Morrison on June 19-20.
For more information, Wells can be reached at 931-261-2626, or Facebook Miss Ester’s Barn Sale.