For those of you had read my old blog Project Small, you are probably familiar with my Summer trek to the 127 yard sale or what is called The Longest Yard Sale in the World. As of this moment, we are on hour 14 in the car of in our insane (really the only way to describe it) 2-day drive to get to Louisville, KY so we can spend 2 whole days resting (and visiting some places that I will talk about in a later post). That means we have a 17hr drive (today) with a 15hr tomorrow…YIKES!
What’s the 127 yard sale? On the first full weekend of August, a 2 lane highway (127) starting in Gadsden, Alabama and for almost 700 miles becomes a massive outdoor shopping destination. Church sales, garage sales, antique markets, junk sites, neighborhood swaps, collector sites, rummage sales-every kind of funky, old, vintage, non-vintage, rusted-out and precious item lurks around every corner.
About 10 or so years ago is when I first heard of it and I knew that i had to do it once. Loving estate sales, junk yards, thrift stores…127 seamed like the Holy Grail- and I needed to Indy Jones that! 5 years ago I flew to 127 with my mom and we drove a rental car from Gadsden, AL to Lexington, KY. After spending more than $100 shipping things back to CA and throwing out my clothes to pack more treasures- I knew it, I was hooked.
Since then, I have been driving to 127 with my fiancé- so much easier to buy bigger items when you have a car to haul it back- LOL! Over the years, I started to know where to stop and have a better understanding how much an object should cost. Granted, I am FAR from being an expert, but I am miles better than my first trip!
For the 3 years after I traveled on 127 with my mom, Gustavo (fiancé) and I have been doing pretty much the same thing: start in Frankfort, KY, do a bourbon tour, spend the next 4 days heading south to Chattanooga, TN where we head back home stopping in New Mexico and Arizona. I usually do a post everyday about being on the road.
This year we are mixing things up. We are spending 2 days in Louisville, KY for a few adventures and instead of stopping in Chattanooga, we are heading all the way to Gadsden- a combo of my first year and the other years. I will also be doing a blog post every day (hopefully), but I will also post on Instagram and if you have a tip/recommendation/want to chat, I will be tweeting from the yard sale too! I figured this is the best way to bring the yard sale if you can’t be here.
If you were going to 127, what would you want to pick up?
Also: anyone out there have some recommendations for Louisville??
more from the road! xo-d