GADSDEN – Each year thousands of bargain hunters, yard sale connoisseurs, and treasure seekers make their way through northeastern Alabama for the biggest yard sale shopping spree in the world. The 127 Yard Sale is a once-a-year, 690-mile shopping trip set for August 1-4. Along with shopping, treasure hunting, and bargaining, there is plenty of sight-seeing to do along the way.
The 127 Yard Sale is commonly referred to as “The World’s Longest Yard Sale”. That’s because at 690 miles it really is the longest yard sale in the world. The route travels through Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and Alabama.
Many shoppers begin the 690-mile, six state journey in Gadsden, taking the scenic Lookout Mountain Parkway to Chattanooga and following Highway 127 all the way north to Addison, Michigan. Both are scenic drives which allow you to appreciate the beautiful countryside of these states all while enjoying the fun and excitement of the World’s Longest Yard Sale.
Everything from antiques, collectibles, furniture, and dishwares to fresh garden produce and homemade jams and jellies along with food vendors and live entertainment can be found. There are estimated to be more than 1,000 vendors in Alabama alone. Vendors are typically up and running by 8am and operate until late in the evening each day of the event.
Along with an incredible shopping adventure, the World’s Longest Yard Sale takes visitors through some of the most scenic rural America in the United States. The 93-mile Lookout Mountain Parkway has been touted “A Must See” by Reader’s Digest, the National Geographic and Southern Living magazines. Along with four days of shopping, visitors can experience true southern hospitality, a world of nature, including breathtaking vistas and majestic waterfalls, and a variety of locally-owned restaurants and accommodations.
Shoppers are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes, insect repellent, and sunscreen and to bring plenty of water. Many vendors operate on a cash only basis and do not accept credit cards or checks. For lodging information, directions, road closures, etc, visit https://visitlookoutmountain.com/worlds-longest-yard-sale/ or call DeKalb Tourism at 888-805-4740 or Greater Gadsden Area Tourism at 888-565-0411.