Everyday Living July 21st, 2017

7 Ways To Succeed At The 'World's Longest Yard Sale'

How bizarre! It’s a bazaar!

From August 3-6, the “World’s Longest Yard Sale” will be officially open for business. That’s right — whether you’re a hoarder, antique collector or just browsing on a budget, front yard shoppers from Addison, Michigan to Gadsden, Alabama can partake in what’s known as the 127 Corridor Sale!

Every year, individuals who live along Highway 127 clean out their closets, stake out their front yards and band together as communities to welcome shoppers from across America. The four-day, 690-mile yard sale is considered a mutual exchange of cultures with the shared goal to look, buy and sell.

To help you get the most out of this long-weekend adventure, first you’ll need to get a few things ready. Take a look at this detailed checklist before you set off on your way!

Plan your route

Do your research before hopping in the car with a wad of cash and a dream. Yes, you’re going on a 690-mile journey, but you can’t just push-start the car and go. Where will you begin? What are the must-see small towns? What is it that you’re looking to purchase? Fortunately, you can answer these questions by mapping out locations and vendor categories here.

Decide where to stay

Many of the best locations where goods are sold include hotels, motels, inns and campgrounds. If you plan on staying at one of them, I advise you book early. After all, you don’t want to spend eight hours of hard buying and then try to find a bed when you’re exhausted.
Set a budget

Go in with the mindset that you’re visiting Vegas for the weekend. Be sure to calculate what you’ll spend on lodging, food and drink, and of course the trunk load of treasures you’ll be bringing home. I suggest you put your everyday expenses in your purse or suitcase, and your yard sale money in a stylish fanny pack.

Bring a fanny pack

As passé as they seem in 2017, a fanny pack is still a good idea when going yard sailing (or vacationing away from home). Thieves won’t dare reach for your waist, and you’ll save yourself time from thrashing through your purse trying to find the nickel that fell to the bottom. It’s time you embrace the fanny pack!

Pack light and prepared

You aren’t going on a two-week trip to the tropics. You’re going on a yard sale journey of epic proportions. Don’t pack more clothes than you need! A few tops and a pair of pants and shorts should suffice. And if you need to wash out a pesky mustard stain, chances are a Laundromat or dry cleaner is available nearby.

But it's not just clothing you’ll need to bring with you! Pack that first-aid kit as well. Blisters from the wrong shoes, cuts and bruises can pile up pretty quickly if you aren’t careful. And while you’re at it, bring some hand sanitizer. Put it in your fanny pack. You never know where some of your treasures have been!

Bring cloth bags or other carriers

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gone to community yards sales without planning to carry off a haul. You’d think I’d know better by now! Recyclable cloth bags work best, as they’re less likely to tear and prevent you from cursing the garage sale gods. What’s even better than bags? A little red wagon or a collapsible rolling cart. Your arms and your spouse will thank you down the long country roads.

Wear comfortable clothing

Believe it or not, you can still look fashionable while yard sailing. I’m not recommending that you wear your diamonds, pearls and four-inch stilettos, however.

Go ahead and flaunt that adorable floppy hat. You’ll look good; you’ll keep the sun off your face and neck and out of your eyes. Get yourself a good pair of walking shorts as well. And unless you’re one of those women that love sundresses, walking shorts are stylish, comfortable and have enough give that you can easily eat one (or two) deep fried Twinkies!

Lace up in daylong shoes

Sandals, heels and wedges are ill-advised. They may be some of your favorites at home, but yard sailing is a tough business and involves a TON of walking. Sometimes you’re strolling on pavement, grass, dirt, mud, rocks. Therefore, walking shoes, like Easy Spirit, Tory Sport or Mephisto are great options. My go-to brands are Saucony and Skechers. You may want to consider bringing another pair as well, just in case your feet need a well-deserved break.

So. Where to first? Are you going to stop at Quigley’s Log Home B&B in Hudson, Michigan or start at the Best Western Plus in Gadsden, Alabama? Whatever direction you plan on going, remember to plan, pack and wear accordingly. But most of all, happy shopping!

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