The Longest Yard Sale in the World Celebrates 30 Years — and Other Vacation Ideas

F rom the Michigan town of Grayling south through Ohio and Kentucky to Chattanooga in Tennessee, United States Highway 127 stretches approximately 758 miles — and since 1987, the highway is the focus of what is dubbed the longest yard sale in the world: the 127 Yard Sale.

The Longest Yard Sale in the World Celebrates 30 Years — and Other Vacation Ideas

This year, the yard sale — which comprises of greater than 2,200 vendors and extends for approximately 690 miles — will occur from Thursday, August 3, 2017 through Sunday, August 6, 2017 on much of United States Highway 127 starting in the town of Addison in Michigan through its terminus in Chattanooga; but then, the yard sale continues further south on a patchwork of state and county highways known as Lookout Mountain Parkway through the northwest corner of Georgia into Alabama, where it ends in the town of Gadsden.

A forum where people can discuss all aspects of the yard sale exists; and yes, there is even a commemorative T-shirt available specifically for the celebration of 30 years of this yard sale, which will lighten your wallet or purse by $22.95 — plus $3.99 for shipping, of course — for a total cost of $26.94.

Summary

I have never been to the 127 Yard Sale nor do I know exactly what items are sold; but I thought I would feature it in this article as an idea for something different to do this summer — not only because this year is 30 years that the yard sale has been in existence…

…but also because the 127 Yard Sale ends slightly greater than two weeks prior to the great total solar eclipse which is expected to occur on Monday, August 21, 2017; and the path of the total solar eclipse is expected to pass right over the southernmost portion of the 127 Yard Sale.

If you decide to attend both of these events, you might be wondering what you should do during those two weeks. I highly recommend visiting Chattanooga, which is one of the most underrated cities in the United States, in my opinion. Between Ruby Falls, white water rafting, Lookout Mountain with its incline railway, Rock City, the Tennessee Aquarium, plenty of dining options, staying at the Chattanooga Choo Choo hotel which is comprised of train cars, miles of hiking trails, and even a scenic walk along the Tennessee River or visiting its downtown area, you can easily spend four full days in this city which is approximately the size of Hartford in Connecticut — not too big and not too small — and still not do everything. Perhaps I will write an article with more details and information — as well as photographs — pertaining to Chattanooga.

The cities of Atlanta, Nashville and Knoxville are within two hours away from Chattanooga; and you can drive slightly greater than one hour to visit the famous Unclaimed Baggage Center in Scottsboro, Alabama — which I am thinking about visiting in the future. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is also within driving distance at approximately 150 miles away, if you want to spend a few days there.

The route of the yard sale itself is supposed to be quite scenic and may be worthy of a few days.

Source: 127 Yard Sale.

2 thoughts on “The Longest Yard Sale in the World Celebrates 30 Years — and Other Vacation Ideas”

  1. Kitt Katt says:

    This is a very fun experience just for the road and the food. Lots of local venders from Boy Scouts to the rotary club set up food stations. My mother and I did this about 10 years ago; we drove from her home in San Diego and made a circle road trip. Lots of vendors selling antiques as well new items.

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      Thank you for imparting your experiences with the 127 Yard Sale, Kitt Katt.

      Now I am considering going…

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