We love finding treasures, we love yard sales, and we love road trips! The 127 Yard Sale is a great way to do all three of them within a 4 day, 690 mile yard sale spanning 6 different states!
What is the 127 Yard Sale:
The 127 Yard Sale is commonly referred to as “The World’s Longest Yard Sale”. That’s because it really is the longest yard sale in the world. To be exact, it’s 690 miles long and the route travels through 6 states; Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and Alabama. The majority of the route follows Highway 127 from Addison, MI in the north to Chattanooga, TN in the south. From Lookout Mountain, GA to Gadsden, AL the route switches to Lookout Mountain Parkway. Both are scenic drives allowing you to appreciate the beautiful countryside of these states all while enjoying the fun and excitement of The World’s Longest Yard Sale.
Tips for the 127 Yard Sale:
Lots of cash, especially smaller bills. No credit cards or taking the time to detour to an ATM. You might miss that special find!
If you have a van or truck, take it. Since you won’t know what you might find it’s better to have enough space to haul it home. If your seats fold down you might want to do that before heading out. Remove all trash and car seats if you are not bringing your children!
Take a small cooler with bottled water so you don’t have to stop often at gas stations. Pack some healthy snacks that pack a protein punch like jerky, cheese sticks, nuts or dried fruit.
Follow the signs, lots of people will have sales just off the main route, especially out in the country and can be really worth a detour.
Check local newspapers for listings if you have specific items on your list.
PAY ATTENTION to the car ahead of you, especially out in the country, they will often slow down or just all of a sudden pull to the side of the road so maintain a safe distance and be alert.
Don’t be afraid to barter or haggle a little bit on price! This is especially important if you want to stick to a budget. If your child wants an item it’s usually best if THEY ask for a lower price. Who would say NO to a child, right?
Want MORE ideas to prepare for hitting garage sales? Here’s some tips for Preparing for Garage Sale Season.
Most of these ideas were inspired by Mandi from Moments With Mandi!
Are you going to the 127 Yard Sale? Do you have a wishlist or any tips to add? Maybe you know of some off-beat roadside attraction that MUST be visited!! PLEASE share your information with us!