PHOTO GALLERY: Bargain hunters search for hidden treasure at Hawkins County's 12 Mile Yard Sale

Jeff Bobo • Oct 7, 2018 at 2:30 PM

ROGERSVILLE — Lucky bargain hunters with good timing had an opportunity to take home some vintage 1960s furnishings from the 12 mile Yard Sale Saturday in Hawkins County that would have made the set designer on the TV show “Mad Men” green with envy.

The weatherman really came through for the residents and visitors of Clinch Valley who attended the 19th annual 12 Mile Yard Sale along Clinch Valley Road between the intersections of Route 70-N and Route 31.

The sun was out, and the temperature was perfect for a day searching through one man’s garbage looking for another man’s treasure at dozens of roadside mini flea markets.

If you made it to Lee Hoellman’s barn sale early enough, located just east of the Route 66-N intersection, you would have had an opportunity to take home many of the vintage, mid-century home furnishings she brought back from a fully furnished house that her daughter recently bought in Chattanooga.

She said the residence was the home of an elderly man whose taste in decor was probably considered modern and chic in the early 1960s. The house was also filled with the man’s personal possessions, many of which looked like they belong on the set of “The Dick Van Dyke Show.” 

But Hoellman, who is a 12 Mile Yard Sale original seller and event co-founder, is known for pricing items “to go” at her barn, and by lunchtime most of her Chattanooga prizes were already gone.

The Chattanooga man’s musical taste was mid-60s as well, and surprisingly dozens of his vintage vinyl jazz albums were still available for only 50 cents each.

Hoellman had two big boxes of vintage original press albums including jazz legends like Fats Waller, Duke Ellington, Paul Desmond, Dave Brubek,  Count Basie, Bennie Goodman, Thelonious Monk, Oscar Peterson and Miles Davis to name a few. 

Hoellman literally couldn’t give those albums away, but if the right jazz aficionado had come by she would have sold the entire collection in one swoop. 

The 12 Mile Yard Sale takes place the first Saturday in October every year, and if Hoellman didn’t sell her albums this year, they’ll be back in the barn “priced to go” on Oct. 5, 2019.



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