For those of you that never heard of it, The World’s Longest Yard Salebegan in 1986. This not a yard sale in someone’s front yard. This yard sale is along Highway 127. The route has grown over the years and extends 654 miles along Highway 127. The bargains begin in West Unity, OH and continue down through Kentucky and Tennessee and end in Gadsden, Al. The dates are August 6-9, 2009. You can check The World’s Longest Yard Sale website for more information. (The World’s Longest Yard Sale is also known as: “127 Yard Sale“, “127 Corridor Sale”, and the “Highway 127 Yard Sale”.)
I lived about 2 ½ hours from Highway 127 and now I live much closer. It is close enough that I may venture over that way in August. If you are thinking about going to the yard sale I need to give y’all some advice first. You can research and read all kinds of reports on how popular the 127 Yard Sale is, how many bargains you can find, the nice people you will meet, how much fun it is, and on and on and on. I am here to tell you why you should not go anywhere near it:
Heat and Humidity:
If you live in the south you know how hot and humid it can be in August. If you are not comfortable with that weather you need to think twice about heading to the 127 Yard Sale. The heat will hit you like a ton of bricks, followed by the humidity that will knock you to the ground and then the crowds will trample you and you will miss the bargains. An umbrella or huge hat will not, no matter what the experts say, keep you cool. When you have 115 degrees beating down on you the only thing that will keep you cool is your home air conditioning. So please – stay home from the World’s Longest Yard Sale.
Picture a two lane country road meandering through green pastures, farmlands, fields with cows and horses, and other breathtaking scenic views. A nice peaceful picture is developing in your mind, right? Now picture rush hour on the 101 in California, I-95 through CT or 8 lanes of traffic going 80 mph on I-75 around Atlanta – not good. That’s what the Highway 127 Yard Sale will be like for the days of the yard sale. It is constant stop and go and the stopping is longer than the going. Also contrary to popular believe its okay to throw your vehicle in reverse without warning if you ride by a bargain, it is acceptable to pass another vehicle (or tractor) on a double yellow line and there is no need to use your directional signals. Blowing your horn, cussing and giving the finger will not move people along. They are bargain hunting via the windshield. They will pull over only when they see the perfect set of dishes or antique wagon wheel. On the reverse side there are miles and miles where no vendors have set up along the 127 Yard Sale and you can do 70 mph through those areas as long as you stay within the guardrails. So please, please – stay home from the World’s Longest Yard Sale.
In order to find food during the 127 Yard Sale you should consider packing a huge cooler with goodies. Rural means a gas station with a small deli area that sells two-day old bologna sandwiches and you can wash that down with a warm Mountain Dew. Some vendors sell food along with their bargains. Fried pie. A real light dish to enjoy on a hot, humid day – your stomach will love you for it. So, again, please take my advice – stay home from the World’s Longest Yard Sale!
If you plan on going to the 127 Corridor Sale you should have made motel reservations (or RV park reservations) two years ago. Those places book faster than it takes to scratch a Tennessee mosquito bite. Be prepared to sleep in your car or drive several hours east or west of the yard sale. You may have family in the area but check with them; they may have already rented out their spare rooms and front porches for a small fortune. In other words – stay home from the World’s Longest Yard Sale.
Word is the local businesses put “out of order” signs on their restrooms. There may be a scattering of porta-potties but the lines will be very long. You will be able to find them easily from the smell. Nothing like an over utilized porta-potty on a 115 degree day! May I offer the following suggestion – stay home from the World’s Longest Yard Sale.
There aren’t many ATM’s along the good ol’ 127 Corridor Sale and most vendors want cash. Be prepared with cash, lots of cash. Hide money in your shoe or bra for emergencies – like for gas to get back home. Make sure you have enough cash to buy your bargains, a stale bologna sandwich and a warm Mountain Dew. Or as I’ve stated already – you can stay home from the World’s Longest Yard Sale.
I guess I am starting to sound like a broken record, right? I play it up to sound like a wonderful adventure, and then I cut it down to size. Are you confused? What’s my point? Am I advising you to go or not? Why so much confusion about a yard sale?
I am not associated with any of the local Chambers of Commerce, Visitor Centers, Travel Agencies, or a Motel Chains. Nor do I have a booth at the yard sale, run a gas station/convenience store along the route or sell bottled water for $10 each. I have no reason to try to scare you off – oh, wait, yes I do.
I keep telling you to stay home – now I’ll tell you why.
Stay home form the World’s Longest Yard Sale so that I can drive down an empty Highway 127 in my air conditioned car and go at a slow pace and ‘window shop’. I won’t have to worry about horns blowing or fingers pointing. I will have a cooler full of freshly made ham and cheese sandwiches, Diet Cokes, fresh fruit and cold free water from my tap. There will be no lines at the porta potties so they will be clean and fresh smelling. I will be able to go home and sleep in my own bed at the end of each day. I won’t need much money, being the only customer at the 127 Corridor Sale will mean vendors will have to lower the prices – they need me and my money.
So please stay home from The Worlds’ Longest Yard Sale – stay home so that I can get all the bargains! Thank you in advance for your cooperation.
The World’s Longest Yard Sale