This past summer, the two sisters and their hubbies got to hit the road for the Nebraska Junk Jaunt. The NEBRASKA'S JUNK JAUNT® is a 300 mile continuous yard sale in central Nebraska. Each of 35-40 towns organizes a 3-day yard sale in September. Sheri and Doug had gone before with my Mom in tow. The tales of their adventure have been talked about in the family for a couple of years, especially the story of 4 foot, $2 Santa. He was a plastic light up Santa that Doug found and purchased for his yard.
The stories about Santa riding with Mom in the car bring giggles all around. So, of course when we started out, I was searching for my own Santa. As a teacher, I visualized a "Flat Stanley" moment for memorializing our trip. Awesomely, we found a Fat Santa for me relatively early in our trip, so I want to share our Nebraska Junk Jaunt trip in pictures featuring Fat Santa. If the trip appeals, we'd love to have company next year! It is a blast!
I found my Fat Santa at a garage sale in the town of Cairo. Please, pronounce it correctly - KARO (like the syrup!) Let me assure you, our "accents" were a prominant discussion point in Nebraska. My hubby and brother-in-law are the social creatures of the group. They love to visit and talk to all the sellers. I, however, am the type A, search and find, mission oriented shopper. Add in, that this was our first "official" road trip after forming Two Sisters Rust and Dust and I was focused!
The owner of Fat Santa was the first person that I actually stopped and talked with. She was fascinated that this Texas group actually traveled to Nebraska just to shop. I shared that I was looking for three things: a Santa, wedding materials and Elf on the Shelf things. She "escorted" me through her sale pointing out all the items that "fit" my needs. Santa was perfect - no wedding materials - but Elf realia galore! And, as an added bonus, it was early enough in the trip that Fat Santa could memorialize our trip and help me send home pictures for my darling grandkids each night.
Cairo was a great start to our trip. Oh, what fun awaits.