Day 75: World’s Longest Yard Sale – Signal Mountain, TN

by Jeff

“I Drove to WLYS, I Stopped, I Shopped till I Dropped!

Already setting up for WLYS!

Already setting up for WLYS!

You most likely have experienced either a yard sale, tag sale, estate sale, garage sale, moving sale, or something else, most everyone has attended at least one in their lifetime. But unless you’ve attended the World’s Longest Yard Sale (WLYS), you have no idea what you’re in for over the four days from Thursday August 5 thru Sunday August 8.

When discussing the total length of the World’s Longest Yard Sale you never know who to believe but one thing is for sure, it’s a sale like no other. What began in Jamestown, TN in the 80’s, the WLYS now stretches from Hudson, Michigan south to Gadsen, Alabama for a total of 675 miles of bargains, bargains and more bargains. Each year this bargain hunter’s delight kicks off on the first Thursday in August and concludes four days later on Sunday.

WLYS map from OH to AL

WLYS map from OH to AL

The Hamilton County portion runs right through Signal Mountain on Hwy 127, Taft Highway and then wind it’s way up Lookout Mountain Parkway.

The road is 2 lane almost all the way and you will find vendors on every turn and large grassy spot beside the road. The selection is unique every year and you are sure to find a treasure. Part of the fun is dickering on price for the one “must have” item.

In addition to the WLYS, this year the Signal Mountain retailers and businesses will be conducting sidewalk sales to clear out seasonal merchandise offering all kinds of bargains.

Never know what you will find, this shopper is ready!

Never know what you will find, this shopper is ready!

If you’ve never been before, here’s what you need to know. Make sure you bring your camera, tape measure, sunglasses, a good pair of walking shoes, and plenty of cash – you’re in for the World’s Longest Yard Sale!

You’ll see lots of food vendors along the route, selling everything from beans and cornbread in a church parking lot to mouth-watering BBQ right off the smoker, not to mention “carnival food” like funnel cakes, cotton candy and candy apples.

Some of the eateries on Signal that will be open include Southern Star, Sweet Gipsi, 517 Subs, Guthrie’s, Nino’s Pastaria, Lynn’s Market, Pruett’s and assorted carryout locations for chinese, mexican and pizza.

Yard sculpture, ornaments and metal art

Yard sculpture, ornaments and metal art

If you want it and can afford it… if it will fit at least partially in your truck or trunk… buy it! With the traffic, you will not have much opportunity to go back to fetch the item.

Make sure you wander off the beaten path when in town to see what the neighbors have cleaned out of their garages and attics.

Where else will you find a Pepsi machine and a claw foot tub?

Where else will you find a Pepsi machine and a claw foot tub?

Jeff & Patrice Wishmyer – Full Time Realtors with Prudential RealtyCenter are the real estate experts for those considering buying or selling a home. They work with employees of companies such as Volkswagen, Alstom Power and TVA as they relocate either to or from Chattanooga, TN. is quickly becoming the Relocation Guide for the Southeastern Tennessee area featuring housing, events, attractions, recreation, schools, dining, local news and much more. Put Us to Work for You Today! 423-424-8749

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

donna little August 16, 2010 at 6:34 pm

i sure do like the movement and antiques you shot the pictures

Jeff August 17, 2010 at 7:49 am

Thank you! please share with others.

Jim February 7, 2012 at 7:29 pm

We went to Signal Mt. last year, took the pit and sold Texas BarBQ. Out of over 900 customers, we had one complaint. Chopped beef brisket instead of sliced. We will definitely be back there this August. Had a BLAST!

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