Frequently Asked Questions

General Info

 When is the 127 Yard Sale?

The 127 Yard Sale is an annual event and begins on the first Thursday in August, and runs through Sunday.
2015: August 6,7,8,9 
2016: August 4,5,6,7

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 How long is the 127 Yard Sale — "The World's Longest Yard Sale"?

It currently spans 690 miles, beginning 5 miles north of Addison, Michigan and ending in Gadsen, Alabama. See our 127 Yard Sale route map for more info.

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 How can I find vendors?

You can search for vendors or browse for vendors by region. Learn more by visiting our yardsalers page.

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 When did the 127 Yard Sale begin?

The 127 Yard Sale began in 1987. Mike Walker, former Fentress County Executive in Jamestown, TN, planned the event to encourage travelers to bypass interstate highways such as I-40 and I-75 in favor of scenic routes that would take them through rural communities and allow them to experience what the small towns and cities had to offer. County officials created a list of 300 attractions along the original sale route in Kentucky and Tennessee. With state parks, historical attractions, scenic drives, water falls, opportunities for hiking and biking, rivers and lakes for boating, train rides, horse back riding, fishing, blue grass music, arts and crafts festivals, and more, this provided a great opportunity to bring more visitors to Tennessee and the 127 Yard Sale route. This year, visitors from across the country as well as those who have traveled internationally to the sale, will enjoy both the yard sales and attractions along the 127 Yard Sale route.

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 When was the Lookout Mountain Parkway added to the 127 Yard Sale route?

The Lookout Mountain Parkway, named by Reader's Digest as one of America's most scenic drives, was added to the 127 Yard Sale route a few years after the sale began in 1987. The Parkway leaves Chattanooga as TN-148 and becomes several different highway numbers before reaching Gadsden, AL. See our directions through Georgia and Alabama for complete turn-by-turn directions.

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 Driving Directions through Georgia and Alabama

Full written, turn-by-turn directions to guide you from Gadsden, AL through Georgia and into Tennessee (and the reverse route) are available here: 127 Yard Sale Directions through Georgia and Alabama

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 Where are the yard sales?

Everywhere along the 127 Yard Sale route! In the front yards of people's homes, fields, pastures, on side streets along the route, in empty lots, at businesses, community parks, and town centers. Some areas will have large groups of vendors together, while others will be set up separately. As you meander your way from one yard sale to the next, Highway 127 will take you through beautiful rural areas with beautiful scenery, so enjoy the ride.

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 What time do the yard sales begin?

There's no set "opening" or "closing" time for the individual sales along the 127 Yard Sale route. Each vendor chooses the time they want to "open for business", however typically vendors are active by 8:00 a.m. and operate late into the evening, often until dark.

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 What payment methods do vendors accept?

Like traditional yard sales you can expect a lot of cash sales, but more and more vendors are accepting credit cards. Still, it's important to come with plenty of cash in various denominations. It's easier to haggle when a vendor sees that you have only a certain amount of cash.

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 What if I run out of room in my vehicle to store the items I've purchased?

There's no reason to stop shopping if you run out of storage space in your car, van, RV, or trailer. Along the route you will find shipping centers and of course the USPS. Consider bringing flattened boxes of different sizes, tape, and other packing materials in case you need it. USPS flat rate boxes are free and allow anything that fits in the box to ship no matter how much it weighs. Even if you don't need to ship items home you may still want to protect that precious antique or glassware that you've purchased.

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 How long will it take me to get from point A to point B?

Traffic along the 127 Yard Sale route can slow down considerably in congested areas, but how far you can travel in one day is more dependent on what your personal goals are and how much ground you want to travel each day. If you want to stop at every yard sale then it will be nearly impossible to cover the entire route. You may become intrigued with a specific area once you get to it and end up spending more time there then you initially planned. Our best advice is this: Make a plan based on your goals and the time you have allotted to travel. Decide in advance how much time you want to spend in each area and try to stick with your plan.

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 What kind of lodging will I find near the yard sales and should I make reservations?

There are plenty of accommodations located along the 127 Yard Sale route, from hotels and motels, cabins and campgrounds and bed and breakfast Inns. Making reservations is a wise decision but you need to have a plan and be disciplined to make your destination each night. If you wait until late in the day to find a room it may be more difficult and you may have to travel several miles off the 127 Yard Sale route to find accomodations.

Note: Many hotels offer the ability to cancel a reservation prior to 6:00 pm on the day of your arrival which can be to your advantage if you find that you just can't make it to the location.

Vendor Info

 How do I become a vendor?

Anyone can be a vendor by simply having a yard sale in their yard, at their business, or setting up in a designated vendor space. Many communities have different locations where vendors from within and outside of that town or city can set up a booth.

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 How do I post a vendor listing?

Posting a vendor listing is a great way to let Yardsalers know what you'll be selling and where you'll be located along the route. Learn more by visiting our vendors page.

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 As a vendor, how do I find a rental space along the 127 Yard Sale route to use during the sale?

There are many rental space providers along the 127 Yard Sale route. Using this website you can either search for rental space providers or browse for rental space providers. Learn more by visiting our vendors page.

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 What items can I sell?

You can sell just about anything you want! At the 127 Yard Sale vendors sell all kinds of things including antiques & collectibles, apparel, arts & crafts, automotive parts/accessories, electronics, furniture, farm implements, glassware, jewelry & watches, housewares, musical instruments, computers, sporting goods, tools, toys, food, produce and much, much more.

Note: Some cities and/or counties may require permits and/or have rules about what you can sell. It's advised that you check in the location you plan to sell.

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Rental Info

 How do I post a rental space listing?

Learn more by visiting our rental space providers page.

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