What is the 127 Yard Sale?
The 127 Yard Sale is an annual event which takes place the first Thursday-Sunday in August each year. It’s literally, The World’s Longest Yard Sale! The route spans 6 states (Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama) and is nearly 700 miles long. This unique event draws hundreds of thousands of people (shoppers/vendors) each year from all around the country.
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. With state parks, historical attractions, scenic drives, waterfalls, opportunities for hiking and biking, rivers and lakes for boating, train rides, horseback riding, fishing, bluegrass music, arts and crafts festivals, and more, this provided a great opportunity to bring more visitors to Tennessee and the 127 Yard Sale route. 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.
127 Yard Sale (2018)
2018 will mark the 32nd year the 127 Yard Sale has taken place since this one-of-a-kind event began in 1987. This year crowds are expected to exceed the largest the 127 Yard Sale has seen since it's creation as yardsalers and vendors travel to the expansive, 690-mile route from across the country. The World's Longest Yard Sale is also known to attract international interest as tourists and media experience an event they will only find in the United States.
Official 127 Yard Sale T-shirt
Each year a unique t-shirt design is released in mid-June to commemorate this special event and is only available for purchase via 127YardSale.com.
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The mission of 127YardSale.com is to promote the 127 Yard Sale and provide a comprehensive source of information about The World's Longest Yard Sale.
When visiting 127YardSale.com those interested in participating; whether as a yardsaler, vendor, or rental space provider, can find tons of information. Resources include an interactive route map, a list of "Major Vendor Stops" (locations with 25 or more vendors grouped together), forums, lodging, vendor listings, things to do, and much more.
There is an active community of social media followers as well, with the official 127YardSale.com Facebook page currently at over 83,000 followers. ( www.facebook.com/127yardsale )