Can’t tell you how many folks over the years have suggested that we attend The World’s Longest Yardsale (654 miles!), begun in Tennessee in 1987, and since held annually. Over the years, the sale has expanded into parts of Georgia, Ohio, Alabama and Michigan. It always begins on the first Thursday in August, so this year it runs Aug. 4-7.
Until today, I’ve refused to learn more about it because I knew I didn’t have that week available to pursue the dream (I’m not fond of torturing myself).But something finally pushed me to google it this year. Not sure if I’m relieved that I haven’t participated before or just more curious after reading a bit about it.
The following two bullet points, falling under the “Things to Remember” category, screamed rather obnoxiously at me from the page:
- Pack plenty of snacks and water for the times that you are stuck in traffic.
- Don’t let your gas tank get too close to empty.
“The original intent of the sale was to prove the back roads have something to offer,” according to the official website at 127sale.com. (Raise your hand: How many ferret-like antiquers worth their salt did not already know this?)
However, since so many people obviously enjoy this meandering event, also known as the Highway 127 Corridor Sale, it must be worth the traffic (and lodging, apparently) headaches, although I’m still a little leary. On the other hand, this great yardsale extravaganza has spawned others.
So many fellow roadtrippers can’t be wrong, right?