The Hwy 31W Treasure Hunt – Shopping in Kentucky and Tennessee

Last weekend we decided to try a new highway yard sale, the Hwy 31W Treasure Hunt. This sale takes place every year during the second weekend of September. It is a 150 mile yard sale that goes from Nashville, Tennessee to Louisville, Kentucky.

We started in Nashville and made it to Horse Cave, Kentucky. The best sales were definitely in Kentucky. We actually didn’t find that many in Tennessee. While this sale did have a few antique dealers, it was mostly just people selling their stuff. I passed by most of the ones that were just selling clothes and baby items and stopped at the ones with vintage and antique items.

We also took time from the treasure hunt to visit Mammoth Cave in Kentucky and downtown Nashville and the Opryland Hotel.

Here are a few of the treasures that we found.

I bought a very nice collection of vintage Tiara amber glass. The set included all of the pieces pictured here and more. I got canisters, serving bowls, eight place settings including bowls, a salt and pepper shaker, sugar and creamer, candy dish, iced tea glasses, and water goblets. Other than being a little dirty, these pieces were in pristine condition. I put them in my booth yesterday and have already sold quite a few pieces. One of the reasons I decided to buy this set is because my Mom collects amber glass so a few of the best pieces (not pictured) will go to her.

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I also got this vintage green Cosco stool. I bought it in a dark garage and didn’t realized how many paint stains it had on it. If it doesn’t sell soon, I will take it home and try to remove some of the stains. It does have a small tear at the top.


This old milk crate was a great find. It is made with wood and metal and came from Nashville.


This biscuit barrel/cookie jar is so pretty. If it doesn’t sell soon, it may come back home with me for a while. It is in excellent condition.


This is a pretty piece with tole-painted flowers on it. I knew what it was when I saw it but I didn’t know its official name. It is called a silent butler. The top opens and you can brush the crumbs from your table into it during a meal. It is metal with a wooden handle.


These mid-century pitchers have pretty lines and colors.


No sale is complete without an old suitcase. I like these smaller ones and blue is a popular color.


A vintage travel iron.


This pretty little creamer was made by Sylvac in England. This is a very collectible pattern.



I’ve started buying these vintage metal picnic baskets. I like the pretty shade of yellow and the cute graphics. I also bought the stand that it is displayed on.


I bought several other pieces including a very heavy old store scale, some vintage buttons, a collection of vintage pins, and a few other odds and ends. This was a fun sale and we enjoyed sight seeing. Kentucky is a beautiful state. I’m not sure if I will do this sale again though. While I got some great pieces, there just weren’t enough sales to justify the four hour drive to get to the beginning of the sale.

The Hwy 411 yard sale is coming up in a couple of weeks and that is always a good one. I will probably shop that one on Thursday and Friday. Do you know of any other good sales coming up soon? If so, comment below. Thanks and have a great week.

Linking up with Adirondack Girl at Heart’s Vintage Finds.


  1. I really like the amber glass :)

  2. Terrific buys, Kathy! I’d love to go to a highway yard sale someday. We don’t seem to have any of those around here in Upstate NY. A while back, amber wasn’t very popular, but it’s experiencing a resurgence in popularity. I just bought a set of stemmed water/wine glass that I loved so much, I decided to keep them! Thanks for sharing your buys with us at Vintage Charm :)

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