CROSSVILLE (WATE) – The 127 Yard Sale, also known as the World’s Longest Yard Sale is set to kick off this Thursday, spanning 690 miles from Addison, Michigan to Gadsen, Alabama, passing right through Tennessee.
The sale runs August 6, 7, 8 and 9 all along U.S. Highway 127 and the Lookout Mountain Parkway. The event began in 1987 when former Fentress County Executive Mike Walker planned the event in Jamestown to encourage people to bypass interstate highways in favor of scenic routes that would take them through rural communities.
The event attracts people from all over the country, and even internationally. On Monday, vendors in Crossville were already setting up their tents in preparation for the big day.
Russ Hess from Topeka, Indiana, is doing some traveling to sell his antiques. He already has his tent set up along Highway 127 in Crossville.
“I love my spot, love my spot. Got the front-end and it shows real good,” said Hess.
Treasures tucked away in tents will be up for sale starting this Thursday.
“We always try to get in early. It takes about two to three days to unload, get set up. By the time you get your tents up, get all your merchandise out,” said Hess.
Further down the highway, the Andrews family is setting up early too.
“Just to get this part over with which is the hardest part, getting it set up,” said Georgia Andrews.
This is their second year at the world’s longest yard sale.
“I’m selling punch bowls and antiques. Kenny is selling race car parts and race cars,” added Andrews.
The head start to setting up means the next few days is all about organizing and looking forward to this one-of-a-kind yard sale.
“It’s the thrill of the hunt, that’s what it’s all about,” said Hess.
More online: World’s Longest Yard Sale route map