It was a picture perfect day Saturday in Cleburne, Maypearl and Grandview during the annual Antique Alley.

In keeping with what was observed as National Garage Sale Day, Farm-to-Market 916, which snakes its way over hills and across narrow creek bridges in Ellis and Johnson Counties, was vibrating with traffic – some bumper to bumper in Grandview and Maypearl.  

There were yard sales and garage sales in the country side between towns one was never at a loss for anything to see or do.

Purchases could be made from vintage Mobilgas pump to a bag of kettle corn from the Hill Billy Sisters – from a used dining suite to a giant dill pickle;

One could take in the tricycle races in Maypearl or be serenaded by a man accompanying himself on guitar in the streets of Grandview, try for a chance to win a John Deere riding mower raffled off by the Covington FFA Booster Club or make a purchase from First Baptist Church, First Assembly of God or Canaan Baptist Church of Maypearl to help them with their fund raisers for youth summer trips and mission work.

And there was food – turkey legs, barbecue, chicken, snow cones, cream pies, pizza, potatoe, and pretzels.

You could buy insurance, join the Marines or just kick back on a bench in front of a store and visit with old friends.

One vendor was selling something entirely different.

Life-long resident of Maypearl and school spirit icon Clint Holley, who has served as the Maypearl Panther’s mascot for many years, was selling panther pride – school spirit.

He had his trademark black panther paw painted on the left side of his face, cheering for his team as though he were standing in front of the entire town during a Friday night football game.

“Yeah baby! Panthers all the way,” Holley yelled to passersby.

E-mail Paul at paul.gauntt@wninews.com