Sunday, August 6, 2017

Shopping The World's Longest Yard Sale 2017

Wow!  What a week.  The World's Longest Yard Sale....

My friend, Natalie, and I hit the road on Tuesday, as I always like to get ahead of the crowds that clog those two-lane roads on the weekend during the official sale days.  We started in the Fort Payne, Alabama area, but were disappointed in the lack of vendors.  In previous years, they were already set up and ready to sell the week prior to the weekend, but apparently, some of the vendors are getting older and have jumped off the WLYS merry-go-round. Younger dealers are beginning to set up, but they work "real" jobs during the week, so we were told that they would be setting up for the weekend...oh well.  So much for early shopping in Alabama and Georgia.  

We stayed the night in Fort Payne at the Holiday Inn Express and the next morning, Wednesday, jumped back onto I-59 and headed into Chattanooga.We had met some shoppers the day before who told us that things had been going for an entire week in Tennessee, so we figured we would get off where Hwy. 127 starts and begin our treasure hunting there.  Vendors told us that they had been set up for days already...


We went as far north as Clarkrange, Tennessee, and that's where we started.  I have never been up above Clarkrange, but I just can't imagine that it gets any better than what's available in this particular area.  Our first stop Wednesday morning was in a huge field full of fabulous vendors.  We actually shopped this one place for over two hours, and that was running pretty fast through every tent.  We made many trips back to the car and ended up opening the trailer to start filling it.  That was a great stop, probably my favorite.  There was a little bit of everything available for sale.




I didn't take many pictures because we were so busy shopping, and I didn't even think about taking selfies!  We shopped with no make-up and "not fixed" hair...as a matter of fact, one male vendor told us early Wednesday morning that we looked like we had "just rolled out of bed."  Yes, he did!  We just laughed...and looked the same way the next day.  I'm telling you, all that mattered was finding those treasures!

I don't want to forget to tell you about this amazing little place with some great smoked b-b-q sandwiches, near Signal Mountain, Tennessee-Off The Grill II.  As we got out to shop, intoxicating smoke filled the air and we decided we were starving!  And, then we heard the singing.  It was Gitlo Lee, live, with some of the best blues I have ever heard!  We decided right then and there, this would be lunch.  It was one of the best stops of our trip.


Photo credit-Off the Grill II Facebook Page
Here's a sampling of some of the treasures that I brought back for my upcoming markets...






There's so much more, but I still haven't unpacked everything to take pictures!  I also bought some larger pieces-an industrial factory cart, a Victorian settee, and a couple of other pieces.  To see more pictures, follow us on Instagram!  Link here.

The World's Longest Yard Sale is always fun, always different, and always overwhelming.  If you've never been and you love junkin', you need to do it at least once--but before you know it, you'll be addicted, just like me, and you have to go over and over again...

I will still go early, as always, but I'll now have to modify my itinerary a bit and just head on as far north as I want to go and shop the trail as I'm heading back down toward Alabama, hitting the lower part at the end.  As we were told on that first day, many vendors did indeed join the sale on the trail near Fort Payne, Alabama while we were shopping Tennessee.
There were some great treasures in that area too, but by the time we got there, my trailer was almost full. I passed on a great farmhouse style table that was $100, because it wouldn't fit in the trailer...that hurt a little.  

If this sounds like something you would like to experience, put it on your calendar for next year.  It's always the first weekend in August.  Hope to see you there!