A once-a-year, 690-mile shopping trip brings thousands and thousands of bargain hunters and treasure seekers on a trek through northeastern Alabama for the ultimate shop ‘til you drop experience. The annual World’s Longest Yard Sale is set for the first weekend in August, and along with shopping, treasure hunting, and bargaining, there is plenty of sightseeing to do along the North Alabama stretch that begins in Gadsden, Alabama and travels along the Lookout Mountain Parkway through DeKalb County and into Chattanooga, Tenn.
Many shoppers begin the 690-mile journey in Gadsden, taking the scenic Lookout Mountain Parkway to Chattanooga and following Highway 127 all the way north to Addison, Mich. Everything from antiques, collectibles, furniture, and dishwares to local fresh produce and homemade jams and jellies along with food vendors and live entertainment can be found. It is estimated to be more than 1,000 vendors in Alabama alone. Vendors are typically up and running by 8 a.m. and operate until late in the evening each day of the event.
Along with four days of shopping, visitors can experience a world of nature and a variety of restaurants and lodging that is easy on the wallet. Created to get travelers off of the interstate and into towns and communities located off the beaten path, the World’s Longest Yard Sale takes visitors on a shopping excursion through some of the country’s most scenic areas. The 93-mile Lookout Mountain Parkway has been touted “A Must See” by Reader’s Digest, the National Geographic, and Southern Living magazines, providing a beautiful backdrop to the thousands of roadside sales.
Shoppers are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes and sunscreen and to bring plenty of water.