World's Longest Yardsale {From Mentone, AL to Chattanooga, TN}

August 16, 2011  •  Leave a Comment
In case you aren't familiar with The World's Longest Yardsale {also known as The Highway 127 Yardsale}, it's a huge yardsale that happens every August and goes from Gadsden, Alabama to Hudson, Michigan. You can click the link above for more info.

Andy works every Saturday, but he took off on August 6th so we could go yardsalin'. We didn't get started as early as we hoped, {we were on the road by 8am and wanted to leave by 7:30am but that didn't discourage us.}

We planned our route out the night before and decided we would start at Mentone, AL and go until we were ready to come home. We'd been to Mentone before so we knew they would have antiques, which is what we love most. Granted we don't usually buy antiques -they're not cheap - but we love looking at old stuff.



Mentone was basically set up like a mini flea market. They have lots of vendors with various items {booths selling hamburgers, hotdogs & icecream, outdoor furniture, porta potties, etc.}


I got so excited when I saw this box of old toys.


My daddy always loved playing cowboys and indians as a child and pistols like these are exactly what I imagine his would look like. Just maybe not in such "new" condition.


I know $65 may be a bargain for someone, but I'll settle for the picture, thank you!


This was a neat little cottage we visited. They honestly had too many things to look at and no a/c so we didn't stay long!


We browsed in Mentone for a while then we were on the road again.

My brother, Shane, and s-i-l, Amanda, went to the yardsale the day before we went. Shane had told me to keep an eye for the man who was selling trees for $5 because he wanted me to get him another one. On our next stop, we found the trees and I ended up buying one for Shane and one for myself. However, I found out that I should've done my research instead of just getting myself the one he wanted. I bought us both a Sawtooth Oak. Turns out, they have lots of acorns so I'm giving my tree to Shane. I'm sure he'll be happy!

I didn't get pics of the trees {I should have, they were a great bargain!} but I did manage to get a picture of my huge Hawaiian shaved ice snow cone before I enhaled it. In case you didn't know, I'm a snow cone connoisseur. So trust me when I say this was one of the best snow cones I've ever ate {eaten?}. I had strawberry with cream and it cost $3 for this size including the cream, which is usually .50 extra.
I want another one right now!!!

Another unique cabin on the trip. It didn't have much for sale other than handmade outdoor furniture but the man had a huge German Shepard inside as big as a grizzly bear! {I didn't get a pic of the dog either because I almost had a heart attack when I first seen him. He looked big enough to swallow me with one gulp and I was afraid a picture would be a good excuse for him to try haha.}



The rebel flag on the boat can only mean one thing, we were still in Alabama!

This was another "mini flea market" stop we made. They were even selling grilled corn on the cob and fresh barbeque here. If we had a huge barn, this big ol' star would have found a home with us.


I think these glass jars are so unique! I would really love to know how they make them. They're cool but what would you do with them??


You just never know what you will find at a yardsale! When I seen this knight, I just had to get a picture. Our family sorta has an inside joke about armor suits so if this baby would've been a little cheaper, Andy and I would have bought it for a Christmas *gag* gift for my parents. I would love to see their face when they opened it up haha!!


I expected the traffic to be much more congested than it was. Maybe it's because of the route we chose, but there wasn't many places where traffic was bumper to bumper like I'd remembered from the past.


Pintos and cornbread!! Seeing this sign made me wonder how many people tried pintos and cornbread for the first time in their life on this yardsale.


Lookout Mountain Parkway has a few pull offs where you can stop and enjoy the view. Despite the miserably hot weather we've had in AL this summer, it was actually tolerable on this day, even though it looks so hazy/humid.



The overlook was one of our last stops on the yardsale. We ended up in Chattanooga and had a rare lunch at Fazoli's {our favorite pizza place!} After a late lunch, we headed to a big thrift store that we thought was nearby but clearly the internet isn't up-to-date because it had gone out a business. Just our luck!!

All was well though because on our little adventure, we found a new {to us} camera shop, Superior Camera. They carry mostly Nikon stuff and I'm a Canon girl, but Andy did buy me some reflectors and I'm pretty excited about that.

Some people would probably call us horrible "yard salers" because we hardly bought a thing. We had a great time though and did both of our most favorite things which is spending time together... awww!! =)

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