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World's Longest Yardsale celebrates 25 years of bargains
World's Longest Yardsale celebrates 25 years of bargains

25 years of buying, selling, and most importantly bargaining continues this weekend in East Tennessee.

The World's Longest Yardsale stretches an impressive 690 miles in length.

Vendors line the Highway 127 corridor from five miles north of Addison, Michigan, to Gadsden, Alabama, making its way across the Cumberland Plateau in Cumberland and Fentress Counties. 

The sale got its start in Fentress County in 1987 and has continued to grow.

Most of the vendors return year after year to sell their collectibles and see old friends.

"We've been here so long I can't remember how long it has been," said Dan Storey, who guesses he has been selling around Crossville for 20 years.

"This is very strategically located because I- 40 crosses 127. A lot of motels around here. A nice town," he said.

"It wasn't too many people my first year and we were sort of scattered out along the hillside," said Ruby Wiseman, a vendor of 12 years.

While the number of vendors has certainly changed, so have people's buying habits, vendors said.

"The economy has had a huge impact. Stuff they would grab multiples of for $20 a piece, they're backing off of," said Storey.

Storey said he probably makes less than he did when first got started thanks to increased prices of goods and gas.

"The profit margin has kicked back that's for sure," he said.

But with the bad comes the good. Now his booth can take credit cards on their smartphones.

Vendors said as long as people keep coming, they hope it lasts another 25 years.

"Until they put me six feet under, I'll be back," said Wiseman.

The yard sale runs along Highway 127 through Sunday.


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