Every year in August is the World’s Longest Yard Sale (aka Corridor 127). 654 miles from West Unity, Ohio to Gadsden, Alabama.
Taking into consideration the following factors; (1) it’s hot as sin in August; (2) the vendors sit outside in the heat for three straight days battling spontaneous human combustion; and (3) no doubt the economy has taken its toll: the turnout was a little disappointing this year.
We start out at Noccolula Falls, which, in years past, is coated in white tents with peddlers hawking their wares. This time, it was noticeably sparse! The vendors didn’t really seem to want to bargain at all either.
We made our way up through Fort Payne, Dogtown and then finished up with a scenic drive through DeSoto Caverns Park. We were out and about nearly eight hours on Sunday and as usual, I forgot the sunblock and am now a true red neck!
Some of the more entertaining items I saw for sale included what appeared to be the world’s largest football helmet (I am not kidding this thing took up the entire bed of a full sized pickup truck). I also saw something that looked just like a Ghostbuster’s Ecto-suit and the cutest mini (mini!) bike all in pink! It would have come home with me if only my granddaughter wasn’t such a girly-girl, scared-y-cat and not to mention that her mother would have killed me on the spot…whatever.
Hubby and I enjoyed homemade kettle corn and fresh lemonade. I picked up a couple of fun garden art items, including a fat cement Buddha and a wrought iron sign that says, “All our visitors bring happiness. Some by coming and others by going”. Should look great next to the plaque that says, “Don’t piss off the fairies”.
It was a long, hot day, but always good people watching and fun junque collecting. Next year though I swear I’m taking a pickup truck and SPF 500.