U.S. Highway 11 Antique Alley Yard Sale

I think I may have found a new favorite highway yard sale. It is the U.S. Highway 11 Antique Alley Yard Sale and it runs from Meridian, Mississippi to Bristol, Virginia. It takes place the weekend after Mother’s Day and it is 502 miles of yard sale awesomeness.

I went on Thursday, the first day of the sale and there were lots of vendors with great deals all along the highway. Since I was only shopping for the day, I had to limit how far I could go along the route. I traveled from Attalla, Alabama to Trenton, Georgia.  The Attalla/Reece City area had the highest concentration of sales, both vendors set up in fields and parking lots and individuals set up in their own yards.

I haven’t had time to unload my van yet. But here are some photos from along the way. I love shopping these kind of sales, especially when they go through north Alabama. The scenery is a combination of beautiful farmlands and mountains.

While I thoroughly enjoy shopping the word’s longest yard sale every year, it can be hard to find good deals, especially if you are buying to resell. The world’s longest has a lot of high priced antique dealers along the route, whereas the Antique Alley sale’s prices were much more reasonable. It was also less crowded.

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People are so friendly at this sale. The older man in the photo below is demonstrating the fishing equipment he has for sale to the younger man. They took turns casting until the younger one decided what he wanted to buy.

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Air conditioning, hot dogs and snacks, clean bathrooms, and the opportunity to help support a small town youth group, that’s what was going on at New Harmony Baptist Church in Reece City, Alabama. We stopped here for a snack and a short break on our trip. It’s always nice to stop at places like this and meet some of the local people.

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That’s my youngest daughter, Lauren, checking out the sale. Both of my girls found treasures on this trip.

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This photo is from the last sale we stopped at. It was late when we drove back into Georgia. This sale was set up in front of the city soccer fields in Trenton, Georgia. Most of the other dealers had gone home but the couple running this sale were still there at 7:30 in the evening. And it was definitely a case of saving the best for last because they had so many gorgeous antiques for very reasonable prices. The lady’s name is Beth McCarver. She used to sell in different antique stores but now she does all of her business at these kind of highway sales. She had a lot of unique items, and many of my favorite things including tole trays and vintage pottery.

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As I said earlier, I will share photos of some of my purchases in the next couple of days as I get them unloaded from my van and cleaned up. I only bought a few things to keep. The rest will be going to my booths at Ben’s Antiques in Douglasville or Oz Antiques in Austell, Georgia.

I definitely recommend this sale to anyone looking for a fun day of antiquing. I hope to go again next year.

 

 

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Comments

  1. I enjoyed hearing about this highway yard sale. It is already on my calendar for next year. Your post will be featured at Vintage Charm tomorrow. Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us at Vintage Charm.

    • Thank you Sharon! I was so excited to see that I was featured on Vintage Charm!!!! I look forward to reading Vintage Charm every week. So much talent and inspiration out there. Thank you again. Kathy

  2. What a wonderful day spent with your girls! I’m a garage sale lover too and would love to live down your way so I could shop this terrific sale. Thanks so much for linking up with Vintage Charm–

  3. Kathy, I caught this featured at Vintage Charm and just wanted to stop by to say what a great recapture of this event. Although I’m pretty far (3 hrs) from the end point in Bristol, VA, my husband went to school in the other Bristol (TN), so it’s not out of the question for my sisters and me (Panoply) to make this trip. I’ll be sure to stop back by and see your finds. It’s always a pleasure to meet new junkin’ – er, I mean wonderful antique dealers, lol. If you’re so inclined, come visit my blog sometime and see our booth displays on the blog. I also share my vintage finds and use my things in the home, esp with tablescaping. Nice to make your acquaintance!
    Rita C at Panoply

    • Rita, I would definitely recommend this sale. It took me about two hours to get to the Gadsden/Reece City area but it was worth the drive. I still need to get my purchases cleaned and then photograph them so I can share them on my blog. I am hoping that will be soon. Kathy

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