There are yard sales, and then there are Yard Sales. Alabama boasts some of the biggest yard sales in the nation, with some running through multiple states and offering an incredible range of deals. While you may not want to travel hundreds of miles to explore the sales, it's a lot of fun to check out these enormous events.
The huge Highway 127 Corridor Sale runs through six states, including Alabama. It's not surprising that the August event is called World's Longest Yard Sale. The sale route is almost 700 miles long. In 2018, the event runs from August 2-5.
According to the 127 Yard Sale website: "The route travels through 6 states; Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and Alabama. The majority of the route follows Highway 127 from Addison, MI in the north to Chattanooga, TN in the south. From Lookout Mountain, GA to Gadsden, AL the route switches to Lookout Mountain Parkway. Both are scenic drives allowing you to appreciate the beautiful countryside of these states all while enjoying the fun and excitement of The World’s Longest Yard Sale."
Whether you're a vendor or a buyer, the website offers plenty of useful information about everything from how to sign up to where to stay while exploring the sale and the route.
The Historic U.S. 80 Hi-Way Sale 392-mile-long route includes stops in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia. As of the publication of this article, no dates have been set for 2018.
Billed as the world's widest yard sale, the biannual highway yard sale takes place each April and October. According to its website: "Organized to promote and increase tourism trade and traffic along historic US 80, the first coast-to-coast, all-weather highway in America, the 2,400-mile route begins in Savannah, Ga., makes its way through East Texas and concludes in San Diego, California."
Unlike the Highway 127 sale, there is no need to sign up as an official vendor for these events. Rather, according to the website, "Anyone can be a vendor by simply having a yard sale in their yard, at their business or setting up in designated vendor places. Many communities have different places where vendors from within and outside of that town can set up a booth. Clusters of vendors may be found along the route."
The Hwy 411 Yard Sale takes place each year in late September or early October. The 250-mile route runs through Alabama, Tennessee, and Georgia with a special stop in Cave Spring, Georgia.
This sale has been held annually since 2003 and is a fun way to see America while hunting for deals.
During the May, four-day weekend (Thursday-Sunday) after Mother's Day in May, the U.S. 11 Antique Alley & Yard Sale runs along the back roads of Appalachia from Meridian, Mississippi to Bristol, Virginia. Alabama, Tennessee, and Georgia are also on the 500-mile route.
According to their website: "Each town along the route will plan its own events, as festivals, antique sales, flea markets and yard sales, carnivals, etc., and many other activities to be held in conjunction with the "Happenin."