The Highway 127 Corridor Sale
Shop at the world’s biggest flea market
“I drove, I stopped, I shopped till I dropped.” That’s the battle cry of the legions of bargain hunters who take part in the four-day extravaganza known as the Highway 127 Corridor Sale, proudly billed as the world’s largest yard sale. It begins on the Thursday before the first Saturday in August.
The sale was created in 1995 by officials at the Fentress County Chamber of Commerce in Jamestown, Tennessee, as a way to encourage travellers to make a detour off the interstate and discover the natural beauty and slower pace of the less-travelled back roads of eastern Tennessee and Kentucky. The outdoor shopping extravaganza, which begins each year on the Thursday prior to the first Saturday in August, has expanded over the years to span 675 miles and five states, from Noccalula Falls Park in Gadsden, Alabama, across the northwestern tip of Georgia and through Tennessee, all the way north to Covington, Kentucky, then up through Ohio, and finally just across the border to Hudson, Michigan.
Tens of thousands of cars, RVs, SUVs and motorcycles idle through ‘America’s most scenic shopping mall’, where millions of items are hawked at side-by-side yard sales along the route, as some 3,500 weekend sellers—householders and professional vendors alike—display their wares on their front lawns, in parking lots, on flatbed trucks and in rural fields. Whatever you’re looking for, if you look hard enough, you’ll find it.
You can start on the 93-mile Alabama portion of this scavenger hunt, which encompasses the beautiful Lookout Mountain Parkway. From Gadsden, the route follows Alabama Highway 176, which becomes County Road 89 through Dogtown, Fort Payne and DeSoto State Park to Alabama Highway 117 in Mentone. From there, take Highway 117 into Georgia and then follow the signs to Tennessee 27 and the U.S. Highway 127 Corridor for the remainder of the trip north. And make sure you empty out the boot first!
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