The 32ndAnnual Trash & TreasuresTMCommunity-Wide Yard Sale is Friday and Saturday, June 29-30, 2018, in Cross Plains, Tennessee, 6 a.m. till 4 p.m.(CT), or until all booths and vendors decide to retire for the day. For the small Robertson County town, one of the oldest and most historic in Tennessee, the event has become a friends and family homecoming and is a picker’s paradise. It is always held the last Friday and Saturday of June.
Trash & TreasuresTMis an annual fundraiser for the Cross Plains Heritage Commission. The organization operates a museum and archives in “The Doctor’s House” on Highway 25, across from Terry’s Market. The event’s registration booth fees of $30 per space have helped restore the house and keep the museum open, free of charge. The house was the former home of local physicians, Dr. James Covington and Dr. James W Thomas, and businessman, Burgess Thomas, son of Dr. James Thomas and pharmacist at Thomas Drugs. The drugstore is the heartbeat of the community and is now on the National Register of Historic Places. It features a turn-of-the-century working soda fountain and is owned and operated by pharmacist Dan Green and wife, Debbie.
Trash & TreasuresTMbegan with several residents deciding to have a yard sale on the same weekend, and town historian, Ruby Covington and her late husband, Jay Covington, decided to organize and advertise. About fifteen years ago, the once active Cross Plains Merchants Association decided to name the event and market it to a wider audience. Today, people come from many counties, states, and as far away as Canada, Texas, and Florida, to visit relatives and look for treasures among the cast-off goods. Fishing rods, golf clubs, books of all kinds, Victorian antiques, pioneer cookware, hand-made and costume jewelry, and clothing for all ages are just some of the items for sale.
Cross Plains was founded by Thomas Kilgore, a contemporary of early white settlers, Kasper Mansker, the Bledsoe brothers, James Robertson, and John Donelson. Kilgore’s exploration in 1878 led more people to come to Robertson County from North Carolina, and the town has thrived ever since.
There’s always a new business or two open and ready with antiques and goodies. Among them. During the two-day yard sale, the town’s restaurants, like True’s Barbeque, Tesha’s, Dandelion Café & Marketplace, Thomas Drugs, and grocers like Piggly Wiggly and Dollar General, and concessionaires along Hwy 25 in the center of Cross Plains will sell a variety of food.
For more information about Trash & TreasuresTM, call (615) 306-4153. Food concessions spaces are very limited. You may register for a booth space at this year’s event online at www.visitcrossplains.com or pick up an application form at Cross Plains City Hall, Cottontown Bears or Dr.’s House Museum. Set up begins at noon on Thursday, June 28th. Spaces are assigned on a first come basis. During the event, free public parking is offered in the lot between Terry’s Market and Dollar General.