Hundreds of folks participate as vendors and shoppers each year in the World’s Longest Yard Sale. The route stretches for 690 miles through six states along the Hwy 127 corridor from Gadsden, Alabama to Addison, Michigan. Communities and individuals will clean out their closets and attics and welcome buyers over a four day weekend in early August. There are great bargains to be found and plenty of interesting people to meet along the way. Businesses participate by holding sidewalk sales and special promotions. Some communities plan additional festivities over the weekend. Covering the entire route is difficult, so most travelers will concentrate on a small portion. Many people take time to explore points of interest along the way. Here are some highlights covering the southern part of the World’s Longest Yard Sale route in northeastern Alabama.
Travelers can expect to find more than 1,000 vendors in Alabama. There are treasures to be found from antiques to furniture, collectibles, furniture, household items, clothing, fresh produce, and homemade jams. The yard sale trail begins in Gadsden, Alabama, at Noccalula Falls Park atop Lookout Mountain. Local legend claims that an Indian princess jumped from the waterfall here to avoid marriage to a man she did not love. Today the park has an animal habitat exhibit, pioneer village, campground, and mini golf. The road outside the park heads north and becomes AL Hwy 176. The route between Gadsden and Chattanooga, Tennessee is known as Lookout Mountain Parkway, although route numbers will change several times.
Bargain hunters should travel along the parkway to Fort Payne, Alabama. The Big Mill Antique Mall is worth exploring, as are other antique shops located along Gault Avenue downtown. Fans of the country music group Alabama may want to stop by the Alabama Fan Club and Museum, located at 101 Glenn Boulevard, while in town. North of Fort Payne, Lookout Mountain Parkway travels through scenic Little River Canyon and DeSoto State Park. Here travelers can take a break from the highway and enjoy the mountain scenery. The state park’s Mountain Inn Restaurant makes a great stop for lunch or dinner.
Mentone, Alabama is a small mountain resort town atop Lookout Mountain with shops, restaurants, and bed and breakfast inns. Shoppers will find several art galleries in town and in the Log Cabin Village. On leaving Mentone yard sale shoppers will turn onto AL Hwy 117, which will take them into Georgia for a few miles and on toward Chattanooga, Tennessee.