If you've ever wanted to explore the highways and byways of the south, the Highway 11 Yard Sale is the perfect excuse. Treasure hunt along the back roads of Appalachia each May at the US 11 Antique Alley and Yard Sale, which is often just called the Hwy 11 Yard Sale. According to the event's website:
"The 502 mile 'Happenin' is the brainchild of Tourism and Chamber of Commerce directors in the corridor who have formed the Antique Alley Association, and who felt confident that the event could conceivably bring some 10,000 visitors, but in fact brought more than 30,000 through their counties during the three-day period."
Details for Planning Your Trip
While the route and experience are similar every year, there are always new vendors and opportunities for finding terrific deals. And, with 500 miles of highway to cover, there are always new towns, hotels, restaurants, and clubs to explore.
The annual yard sale event, which began in 1997, runs along more than 500 miles of U.S. Highway 11, from Meridian, Mississippi to Bristol, Virginia. Along the way, it passes through five states and cities including Birmingham, Alabama, towns in Dade County, Georgia, Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Knoxville, Tennessee.
You can plan your trip by visiting the official website and printing out a copy of the route map before you go. The website also features linked pages for each town along the route where you can find specific suggestions for restaurants, hotels, and local attractions. Kingsport Tennessee, for example, boasts a huge collection of antique shops; other venues offer special food tents, public rest stops, and more. You'll also find information about exactly where and when to find vendors. Don't forget to check for events such as flea markets, carnivals, and festivals held in conjunction with Highway 11 event.
Dates and Times:
The event takes place each May, on the Thursday through Sunday after Mother's Day. Vendor times will vary from location to location; some are announced on the website and others in local publications.
- 2017 Dates: May 18 - 21
- 2018 Dates: May 17 - 20
- 2019 Dates: May 16 - 19
U.S. 11 Antique Alley & Yard Sale Shopping and Selling Tips:
As you pass through cities, watch for signs pointing the way to off-highways sales and local flea markets. Watch for tent and group sales in fields and parking lots. In addition to individual sellers with yard sale goods, the event attracts flea market and antique vendors.
If you want to sell your wares at the US 11 Antique Alley & Yard Sale but don't live on the route, you can rent space at numerous points along the way, including parking lots, empty lots, and even private lawns. Go to the US 11 Antique Alley homepage and scroll down the column on the left. Find the county and city where you'd like to set up, and then click on it for selling space information. Prices vary by location and property owner.
For More Information:
- US 11 Antique Alley & Yard Sale
- (877) 871-1386