Trash becomes treasure at annual Plumb Alley Day

Trash Becomes Treasure at Abingdon's Plumb Alley Day

ABINGDON, Va. - For some, it's trash. For others, it's treasure.

At the 32nd annual Plumb Alley Day, thousands of Abingdon residents and visitors sifted through yard sales for special items to take home.

For Randy Dutton, Plumb Alley Day is a tradition.

Today, he came for treasure, and he's been doing so for 20 years.

"Just a lot of the old antiques here. They used to have a lot of the older motorcycles, you know the vintage," Dutton says.

The festival is rated one of the largest one-day events in the Southeast, drawing hundreds of vendors to Abingdon's historic Plumb Alley.

Nancy Stoddard has been selling antiques on Plumb Valley Day for 10 years.

"Plumb Alley is just a great family time. People come from everywhere. Some are cleaning out their basements and attics to sell their goodies," Stoddard says.

Some vendors use the festival to help others. Lisa Seaborn's earnings will help children in need.

"People from all over donated, people that work at the Children's Advocacy Center, the board members, and just friends of the CAC," Seaborn says.

Old stuff, new stuff, and fresh stuff, good deals went to even better causes.

"It's just been a good place to come out and meet people, and we've done it for several years, and it's really been helpful to our organization," Seaborn says.

The festival also included children's activities, food, and even some music.

All proceeds from the event go back to programs in Abingdon and Washington County.

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