Love shopping till you drop and finding a good bargain? This event is perfect for you. 127 Yard Sale (the world’s longest yard sale!) will be in Alabama from Thursday, August 4-Sunday, August 7. Keep reading for all the details.
690 miles of shopping
Yes, you read that right. In case you’re unfamiliar, allow me to introduce you to the 127 Yard Sale. Spanning from Addison, Michigan to Gadsden, Alabama, this annual event draws in hundreds of thousands of shoppers and vendors alike each year from around the country.
The 127 Yard Sale began in 1987 by Mike Walker, a former Fentress County Executive in Jamestown, Tennessee. He planned the event to encourage travelers to bypass major highways and see what small towns and rural areas have to offer.
Just like any yard sale, you’ll find antiques and collectibles, apparel, musical instruments, computers, sporting goods, tools, toys, food and produce will be available, just to name a few. Vendors can sell just about anything they want, as long as it complies with local laws and permits.
The route currently spans 690 miles, beginning five miles north of Addison, Michigan and ending in Gadsen, Alabama.
Where can I shop?
You’ll find yard sales set up for the 127 Yard Sale all over the 690-mile route. In front yards, fields, pastures, on side streets, in empty lots, at businesses, community parks and even in town centers. View the map here, where you can download and print a detailed map of each stop.
There is no set open or closing time for the vendors, but typical times are 8AM to dark. 127 Yard Sale offers this advice for travelers:
“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. Generally, 100-150 miles is about as much ground as you can reasonably travel in a day.”127 Yard Sale
Some areas in the sale are called “Major Vendor Stops” as they have a large cluster of yard sales in the same area. Here are the Major Vendor Stops in Alabama:
Between Co Rd. 297 and County Rd. 115 (Fort Payne, AL)
- Where: Intersection of Co Rd. 115 and 176 (Lookout Mountain Parkway), half a mile south of Akins Furniture Co.
- Vendors: 25
Intersection of AL-176 (Lookout Mountain Parkway) and AL-68 (Collinsville, AL)
- Where: AL-176 and AL-68, Collinsville, AL 35961
- Vendors: 30+
2.5 miles from Noccalula Falls (Gadsden, AL)
- Where: 2266 Tabor Road, Gadsden, AL 35904
- Vendors: 25
- Note: Largest stop only 2.5 miles from the falls!
Noccalula Falls Park (Gadsden, AL)
- Where: 1500 Noccolula Road, Gadsden, AL, 35904
- Vendors: 25
Plan your trip
Ready to plan your trip? Sign up on the 127 Yard Sale website for access to forums where you can ask questions, contact rental space and lodging providers and more.
Hot spots along the Alabama portion of the route include DeSoto State Park, Little River Canyon and more. Find a full list of things to do on the 127 Yard Sale route.
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