One of our favorite pieces of advice that Cord Moving and Storage can provide for people getting ready to pack up and move to a new location is to hold a garage sale. This time-honored tradition not only allows you to get rid of all the furniture and belongings you no longer need, but you can also make quite a bit of money in the bargain. It’s win-win.
Of course, all the planning in the world won’t help you compete against these three garage sales, which take the idea of “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” to the next level. It you’ve ever wondered what the world’s longest garage sale looks like, you may have a chance to see for yourself. The 127 Yard Sale: The 127 Yard Sale is a 690-mile long garage sale that extends along Highway 127 from Addison, Michigan to Gadsden, Alabama (with a small detour along the Lookout Mountain Parkway). This four-day August event brings together thousands of businesses and individuals who want to sell their wares. Empty lots, open pastures, community parks, and businesses all provide the real estate along the route, which is then up to individual users to make the most of. The 127 Yard Sale has been going on since 1987, and it gets a little bit bigger each year. Most people come to shop a few sites (it’s virtually impossible to hit them all) and also to enjoy other features along the way, including food, historic attractions, live music, and other outdoor events.
The 61 Yard Sale: If you’re not up for all 690 miles of garage sales, you might want to consider the Highway 61 Yard, which runs along Route 61 from Bloomsdale to Jackson, Missouri. Because this one is much smaller in size, you can spend more time stopping at the sales and visiting antique shops along the way. Like the 127 Yard Sale, most of the cities along the route participate, coming out with food, events, and activities for the whole family to enjoy. US 11 Antique Alley: This 502 mile roadside sale extends along Highway 11 from Meridian, Mississippi to Bristol, Virginia. Garage sales, antique stores, flea markets, and city festivals all set up for four days on Mother’s Day weekend to provide a scenic and interactive event. Like the other garage sales, this one gets a little busier each year. As more and more cities, towns, and homes along the way realize how much fun it is to participate, the event should grow larger and more popular—and provide more to do in the bargain!
Whether you sign up to be a vendor, stop by for a quick bite to eat, or make an entire vacation out of it, these record-setting garage sales make for an interesting day out.
And who knows? You might end up finding (or selling) that perfect piece of furniture for your new home.