In two short days, our trunk was filled with goodies and treasures – Tennessee and Kentucky jams, jellies, hot sauces, and relishes. We bought a copper teapot and a few old advertising tins to decorate the kitchen. We picked up an old metal washboard to hang in the laundry room. I was happy to find a Route 66 sign for my home office. We stocked up on some board games and paperback books. Michele found a few pieces of costume jewelry for gifts that she couldn’t pass up.
Along the route, collectors will find such treasures as vintage toys, comic books, albums, antique electronics, tools, signs, and furniture.
Anyone can become a vendor simply by having a yard sale in the yard. For those coming from outside the 127 corridor, many communities have places where vendors rent space and set up a booth. Make sure that you have the permission of the land owner prior to setting up.
While the yard sale is the main event, there are plenty of hiking, fishing, boating, and historic attractions in the surrounding area that would make a fantastic family getaway. You can explore rural America, from the beautiful scenery to the stories behind the treasures and the colorful characters you meet along the way.
Jamestown, the epicenter of the 127 Sale, is within a two-hour drive from Chattanooga, Knoxville, and Nashville – all fantastic Tennessee cities with their own charm and character, where you can find music, food, arts, and culture.
Date: Thursday, August 1, through Sunday, August 4, but many vendors, especially in Tennessee, set up for the entire week.
Some things to keep in mind when driving the route:
- Traffic is usually bumper to bumper, especially in towns. We saw a number of rear-end collisions because drivers were checking out the item alongside the road and not paying close attention to the driving.
- Rain is guaranteed during the event. Be prepared to walk through fields, yards, and marshes of mud and puddles.
- Facilities are sparse, and are usually limited to the “portable variety.” You should plan accordingly.
Lake Cumberland State Resort Park on the western shore of Lake Cumberland, Kentucky, offers a variety of outdoor activities, ranging from fishing and boating to camping, birding, and hiking.
The lake is more than 50,000 acres and has an abundance of bass, bluegill, rockfish, and walleye. A marina offers 100 open boat slips, rental boats, pontoon boats, houseboats, and water ski boats.
Land sports include hiking through beech, oak, and hickory forests and past scenic lake overlooks along two park hiking trails. The park and the Wolf Creek Dam National Fish Hatchery, three miles south of the park, provide excellent birding opportunities.
Also, families can enjoy miniature golf, a playground, picnicking, tennis, and swimming.
Sgt. York was a marksman who hailed from the Tennessee mountain town of Pall Mall, where the state historic park now pays him tribute. He was one of the most decorated soldiers of World War I as a result of his legendary exploits in the Argonne Forest in France in 1918.
The York family farm museum includes a collection of wartime and personal mementos – historical photographs, family portraits, and personal items.
The adjacent Wolf River is stocked three times a year with rainbow trout, and fishing is permitted from the riverbank. A hiking trail that crosses over a swinging bridge takes you to the gravesite of Sgt. York. Picnic facilities also are on-site.