Frequently Asked Questions
- General Info
- When is the 127 Yard Sale?
- How long is the 127 Yard Sale?
- When was the Lookout Mountain Parkway added to the sale?
- When did the 127 Yard Sale begin?
- Where are the yard sales ?
- What time do the yard sales begin?
- What payment methods do vendors accept?
- What if I run out of room in my vehicle to store the items I've purchased?
- How long will it take me to get from point A to point B?
- What kind of lodging will I find near the yard sales and should I make reservations?
- We're planning our vacation around the 127 Yard Sale. What's the quickest way for us to find great recreation areas and things to do on our trip?
- Vendor Info
- How do I become a vendor
- As a vendor, how do I find a space along 127 that I can rent during the sale?
- What items can I sell?
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.
2013: August 1,2,3,4
2014: August 7,8,9,10
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.
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 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.
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 Highway 58 and becomes several different highway numbers before reaching Gadsden. See our 127 Yard Sale route map for more info.
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.
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 until later in the evening.
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.
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. Many communities have shipping centers and of course Post Offices. Consider bringing flattened boxes of different sizes and packing material in case you need it. Even if you don't need to ship items home you may still want to protect that precious antique or glassware that you purchased.
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.
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.
We're planning our vacation around the 127 Yard Sale. What's the quickest way for us to find great recreation areas and things to do on our trip?
127YardSale.com will be adding many new features in the coming months including the ability to find lodging and points of interest along the yard sale route. Sign up now and you'll be notified as these features become available.
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.
As a vendor, how do I find a space along 127 that I can rent during the sale?
There are thousands of locations along the sale route that are available for vendors to rent. One of the features 127YardSale.com will be adding is the ability for rental space providers to list their locations and available spaces for rent and for vendors to search for those spaces. Sign up now and you'll be notified when this feature becomes available.
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.