General Information about
The World's Longest Yard Sale
Welcome to the World's Longest Yard Sale in August on Highway 127 and the Lookout
concept of the World's Longest Yard Sale in August is to pull people off the interstates and back into the
heartland of rural, scenic America. The event encourages businesses and
residents to participate by having yard sales, sidewalk sales and special
promotions for a continuous stretch from one end of the sale route to the
other. Once established, the end result is lots of fun for vendors and
We have all heard the saying "One man's junk is another
man's treasure." That adage holds true as this event brings people
together from all across the country and from around the world to barter and haggle over
things that may have been stored in a garage or an attic somewhere for years. The pleasure
we derive from rummaging through someone's junk, hoping to find something unique and maybe
even to stumble across an item worth a lot to you but the seller says, "I'll take .50
cents for that." What joy! Oh, and you get to meet some pretty neat people by the
We hope you take the time to travel the yard sale route. You will be glad you did. Discover the wonders YOUR America has to
The yard sale
brings about various questions from people that are new to the event. Hopefully these
answers will help to give people a better understanding of the events.
Q. How do I become
a VENDOR? A. Anyone can be a vendor by
simply having a yard sale in their yard, at their business or setting up in
designated vendor places. Many communities have different places were vendors from within
and outside of that town or city can set up a booth. The main thing is to be sure you have
permission from the land owner to set up a booth. Usually the more the merrier therefore
clusters of vendors are commonly found along the route.
Q. What can I SELL? A. Almost anything! Popular is junk, antiques,
collectibles, dishes and glassware, to farm implements, food items, produce and more. Some
things to consider however are business licenses and health department permits. Each town
has different rules and regulations so be sure to check with the local City Hall and
Health Department where you set up your booth for any licenses or permits you may need to
Q. WHERE are the
YARD SALES? A. Yard sales can be found along
the route at homes located on the designated route, in business parking lots, along side
streets adjacent to the route, in wide open fields and pastures (remember, these roads
pass through beautiful rural areas with farms and some of the most awesome scenery you
will find anywhere), and basically anywhere people can find to set up. Some areas will
have large numbers of vendors in one group, others may be scattered and in some
instances you may travel for several miles or more without seeing a yard sale because of
the distances between homes on the country roads.
Q. Where does it
BEGIN and where do I PARK? A. The current
length of the
World's Longest Yard Sale takes you from Gadsden, AL to Hudson, MI. You might decide to
start at the southern end and travel north or right the opposite. You may decide to jump
on board anywhere in between. Parking may be limited in some areas to virtually impossible
in other places to ample. It depends on the area. The yard sale routes become narrow
country roads in many places but don't let that discourage you. VERY IMPORTANT - be
cautious of the driver in front of you and pedestrians on the roadway - be patient and a
parking space will present itself.
Q. What TIME do the
SALES BEGIN? A. Each vendor is on their own
and can choose when they want to begin but typically vendors are active by 8:00 a.m. and
operate until late in the evening.
Q. Can I SHIP items
home? A. Definitely! You found something you just had to have
but don't have room to load in your vehicle? Many communities have
shipping centers and of course Post Offices. They will be glad to
work with you to get your items home so you can continue on the yard
Q. WHO ORGANIZES this event? A. The event was created by
tourism officials in Tennessee, but rely on community support from
each town and/or county tourism and chamber office to promote the event in their regions.
The success of the sales depend on coordination from each community.
Q. What does it
COST to participate? A. There is no fee to
participate however some vendor spaces may charge a nominal rental fee to allow you to set
up a booth.
Q. Is there an
ADMISSION FEE? A. NO. You should never have to pay admission.
The event was not set up for that purpose.
Q. How long will it
take me to get from point A to point B? A.
That depends on how disciplined you are and how much ground you want to travel in one day.
If you have to stop at every yard sale then it may take you awhile. It is easy enough to
"cruise" the yard sales and travel a modest distance but it also easy to
get caught up in the event and spend 3 to 4 hours in one area. Pre-Plan. Decide in advance
how much time you want to spend in each area and try to stick with your plan. But most of
all - have a good time and enjoy the sights and sounds.
Q. Are there HOTELS
near the yard sales and should I make RESERVATIONS? A. Yes, there are plenty of accommodations located along the way. Making
reservations is a wise decision but you have to have a plan and be disciplined to make
your destination for the night. Getting a room may be difficult if you wait too late in
the day to find a place but not impossible.
large car. You never know what oversize treasures you
might unexpectedly find.
such as sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, and mosquito
repellant, to protect yourself from the elements. It’s
hot and humid in this part of the country and the sun
can roast you even on a cloudy day.
comfortable shoes and drink plenty of fluids, chances
are you’ll be doing a lot of walking. It is usually very
warm and all the walking and activities can drain you
before you know it. Don't succumb to a heat stroke or
don’t take credit cards or checks, so bring cash.
there early! Though there are hundreds of vendors who
sell all day long from sunup to past sundown, you’ll be
competing with thousands of other shoppers. And as with
any yard sale, the good stuff goes quickly.
cautious of other vehicles. You will often find your
self looking off on the sides of the road at the yard
sales and before you know it the vehicle in front of you
has come to a stop. Be alert. Watch for pedestrians.
pictures. Enjoy YOUR America.
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