I have to admit that I get pretty excited every year for the World’s Longest Yard Sale. I have been shopping the sale since 2014 and every year is a new experience. Last year I shopped the sale with my friend Anne. It was her first time and it was fun showing her some of my favorite shopping spots, as well as seeing what she found. She is the perfect shopping partner since we like completely different things. No fighting over vintage treasures with her!
Last year I shared ten tips for shopping the sale so I won’t go into that today. I thought I would just share some photos from last year’s sale. We spent our entire day in Alabama. Some years I make it into Tennessee but that is only if I shop for two days. One year I took my daughters and we got all the way to Kentucky. This year I plan on shopping in Alabama on Thursday and possibly staying overnight in Chattanooga, Tennessee and seeing how far I can get in Tennessee on Friday.
The sale is August 4th through 8th. It starts in Gadsden, Alabama and travels through Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, and Michigan. It is 690 miles of yard sales. Most of the route follows Highway 127 (The Alabama and Georgia part of the sale follows the Lookout Mountain Parkway).You can go to the yard sale website to get a detailed map.
Here are some photos from last year’s sale. The first few photos are from one of my favorite stops in Collinsville, Alabama. There are probably at least eighty vendors set up at this spot and one of the nice things about it is that most of the area is shaded. This is something that I start looking for as the day progresses and the temperature goes up.
If you are a collector, you will probably find something that you collect along the way. The sale features both professional antique dealers and regular people who are just cleaning out their closets and garages.
You never know what you are going to find.
I am always on the search for vintage and antiques and each year I have found many treasures.
You can even find cats, dogs, and chickens along the route.
I know I said I wasn’t going to share any tips in this post but I do want to recommend one thing. Bring a list of what you are looking for. You will be looking at hundreds of yard sales and it can become overwhelming. Keeping a list in your car and occasionally referencing it will keep you focused on the kinds of items that you want to find.
Are you shopping the World’s Longest Yard Sale next week? If so, I hope you have a great time and find lots of treasures.
And bring measurements of what you have or where you’re trying to place something.