The 127 Yard Sale bills itself as the world's longest yard sale. Officials in Kentucky and Tennessee started the annual sale in 1987 to promote attractions along the back roads of the two states. The yard sale event now spans six states and stretches for 690 miles. It starts on the first Thursday of August each year.
Whether you make it a long weekend and travel the entire route or go treasure hunting just on the stretch nearest to you, you can tailor your itinerary.
Pick through a hodgepodge of closet-clearing junk, household items of varying vintage, and genuine antiques from individuals and professional dealers. Up to 2,200 vendors set up shop along the route. The event organizers discourage them from selling used clothing (though it is not prohibited) and instead try to promote "antiques and oddities." In some places along the route, there is the air of a church rummage sale; in others, it feels more like an antique roadshow—occasionally with prices to match.
2019 Dates and Times
The yard sale takes place annually, starting on the first Thursday of August and extending through Sunday. For 2019, the dates are Thursday, August 1 through Sunday, August 4. Vendors set their own hours, but generally, start at 8 a.m. and continue into the early afternoon and in some cases, the evening.
The yard sale begins in Michigan and extends 690 miles to Alabama. If you travel the entire route, you pass through Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and Alabama.
From its northernmost point near Addison, Michigan, to the stretch near Chattanooga, Tennessee, the sale follows US Route 127. It continues on past Chattanooga to the southernmost point in Alabama on Lookout Mountain Parkway, often touted as the most scenic portion of the drive.
Along the Way
Enjoy arts and crafts booths and food vendors along the way, in addition to all the yard sales. Local chambers of commerce and tourist bureaus in the surrounding communities take advantage of the traffic to promote other attractions in their regions, so you can pursue diverse interests alongside the yard sale extravaganza. The trip takes you on a journey through rural Americana, where you can explore country culture, music, recreation, and cuisine.
Book lodging as far ahead as possible, but at least one month in advance.
Some yard sale know-how will help you score a brag-worthy find. Carry cash in small denominations. Watch for clustered sales in vacant lots, fields, and parks.
Expect heavy traffic and narrow roads. Though it is called the 127 Yard Sale, it takes place along a scenic two-lane back road for much of the way. Be cautious when parking and pulling on and off the road. And respect "No Trespassing" signs.
To find out about activities, food, and specific vendor information, visit the official 127 Yard Sale online and on Facebook. You can also find out how to be a vendor and get a rental space to sell your goods.