50 mile Garage Sale
by Tonya Hardman June 30, 2019
Bitterroot Valley host a 50 Mile Garage Sale each summer starting in Darby Montana to Lolo Montana and back again. I found this event on line while searching for places in Montana to shoot pictures for my college Photography class. The pictures on line showed what looked like a massive main street event loaded with vendors of every type. So I talked Karry (my Husband) into a day of garage sale shopping and sightseeing in a few Montana towns. Karry is also taking the same photography class and decided that this trip could also fulfill some of his photos needed for the class. He was looking for interesting bridges. So our trip was mapped out and the photography gear packed up Friday night for an early start on Saturday,
With coffee in mugs we were in the car and on our way at about 6am. Our first stop would be a bridge at Clear Water Junction. A rustic old bridge still well used. While shooting our pictures a group headed horseback riding crossed.
We continued on down the road to just outside of Boner and the next bridge on the list. This bridge has been turned into part of a community foot and bicycle path. The way it had been restored for use was very lovely. Lights on both sides with benches to sit and enjoy the river.
Garage Sales Next
Again on the road we went on through Missoula and toward the Hamilton Valley. We had printed out the map and from what it had looked like on line we could just travel down the road and find the vendors along the way. Upon closer look we found that this was a series of small garage sales at peoples home and you had to follow the map into the subdivisions or down dirt lanes to find each garage sale. Not quiet what I had thought it would be. There were a few vendors that had set up in open fields or the parking lots of business, which is what I had originally thought we would find.
The vendors that we met were great but after finding out just how this sale was laid out we decided to see what else was going on in the valley. In Hamilton we found a car show hosted by the Bitterrodders car club so we stopped for a hot dog and some car pictures.
CAR Show and Dogs
On the return home through Lincoln we remembered that we had heard about a park being created and artist brought in to create special sculptures for the walk through. Blackfoot Pathways: Sculpture in the wild. We both needed a walk and this seemed to be the perfect place for it. The sculptures were interesting and fun to look at and the time in the park very peaceful.
Finally off to home with our photos to see if we created anything we could use for our class.
Oh one more thing!
Thanks Karry for the fun day!