Dear Readers –
How many of you have heard of “The World’s Longest Yard Sale”? It is a “Yard Sale” that extends from, Gadsden, Alabama to 5 miles north of Addison, Wisconsin, (a total of 690 miles) and believe me, that’s many, many miles. It is something I have always wanted to do and finally had the opportunity. Interesting? I guess that is one word for the experience. The “Sale” is for four days only, August – the first Thursday through Sunday.
If you really decide you want to do this; I might caution you to make hotel or motel reservations several months in advance. They tend to be very full and sold out on those days for the sale. If there is a room available, from what I am told, the rates go up. I do not know this first hand. The early reservations would also be true for campgrounds and state park facilities. So, keep this in mind.
Starting out in Gadsden, it is wall to wall traffic. You creep along Hwy 176, 157 and stop when and where you can. Please do not try to get in a hurry; everyone wants a chance to see everything. Sometimes each house has stuff set out on the driveway and garage. Other places several neighbors get together and fill up one of the front yards. The churches and the Senior Citizens clubs get into the act as well. That is a blessing, because they have parking lots. You may have to wait a little while for a parking space, but it is better than parking on the street. People will park on the street and walk forward or back for more than a mile to check out what the sellers have out.
When you reach Chattanooga, Tennessee; then the real fun begins. You veer off onto Hwy 127 and follow it to the end. Again, wall to wall traffic, the Police just ask for your patience and believe me, they are out there watching. You will find vacant lots where the owner has sold vendor spaces for the sale. It wasn’t unusual to find upwards to 25 or more sellers with spaces full of stuff.
Now I said stuff, and I do mean stuff!! Everything from collectibles, architectural posts, fences, yard pots, and absolute junk. One person had ostrich feathers for sale. One Lady said I have better stuff in my garage than there is here. Believe me there is something for everyone’s taste or desire. Some of the prices are a bit high, but some are very reasonable. Just depends on what you want to pay for the item you have chosen. Many antiques from small collectibles to large furniture. I wish I had room in my house for some of the pieces I saw.
We did see the one site that was featured on HGTV last year. I was surprised it was one of the smaller multi-seller sites.
We only made it as far as Crossville, Tennessee. Much as I wished I could have finished it, I guess I am getting too old and don’t have the stamina you young folks do. Am I glad I did it? You Bet!! It was extremely interesting and the Great Smoky Mountains are absolutely gorgeous!! Hwy 127 winds around some of the best of the scenic routes in the mountains. There are some really beautiful homes along that route also. At a different part of the year, if you don’t want to do the yard sale, just drive the route and you will really enjoy it.
You might want to add this to your BUCKET LIST!!!