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The World’s Longest Yard Sale
Do you love yard sales? If your answer is an enthusiastic “yes!” you’ll want to mark your calendar for August 3-6, then grab some cash (or your credit cards) and head for the World’s Longest Yard sale to see what kind of treasures and bargains you can find. This annual event, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, has earned top bragging rights for good reason. It spans nearly 700 miles, beginning north of Addison, Michigan and running through Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee and Georgia before ending in Gadsden, Alabama. It’s also called the “127 Yard Sale” because it mainly takes place along Highway 127 which is lined with thousands of vendors showcasing their wares in front yards, fields, side streets, empty lots, businesses and even community parks!
While there are no set opening and closing hours over the four days, most vendors are open for business by 8:00 a.m., and many stay open well into the evening. Keep in mind that some areas will be congested, so be sure to allow extra travel time. The sale’s organizers recommend making a plan based on your personal shopping goals and the amount of time you have to spend and then sticking to that plan. You’ll find all kinds of merchandise along the route, from antiques and collectibles to electronics, furniture, housewares, musical instruments, toys, food, produce and much, much more. If you’re on the hunt for something in particular, you can use the organizer’s Yardsalers feature to search for vendors by city, state or category. You can even narrow down your search to a specific radius so you can really focus your shopping in a certain geographic area.
While you’re developing your “plan of attack,” be sure to build in enough time to take a few fun side trips. There are plenty of interesting attractions to visit along the way such as an apple orchard and cider mill, zoo, candy factory and the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame & Museum. Other choices among the dozens of possibilities are a visit to a children’s museum, aquarium or horse park or a relaxing ride on a river boat. The yard sale organizers have posted a list of nearby attractions (conveniently organized by state) on their web site.
If you can’t make it to this year’s sale, don’t worry. The vendors will be ready and waiting for you next year on August 2-5. Good luck on your treasure hunt!
Where to camp along the way.
There are plenty of great places to camp when you’re visiting The World’s Longest Yard Sale. Just take a look at the route map, decide which stretch you want to explore, then use our “Find a Park” feature to find the ideal campground for your needs.