The World's Longest Yard Sale, which runs for nearly 700 miles from Michigan to Alabama along the Highway 127 Corridor, takes place Aug. 1-4. / TAMIKA MOORE/Birmingham News /Landov
In honor of the World’s Longest Yard Sale (127sale.com), which runs for nearly 700 miles from Michigan to Alabama along the Highway 127 Corridor Aug. 1-4, veteran seller and buyer Todd Burnett has tips on how to score a deal:
Treasures are everywhere. “You can find pretty much everything at the 127 sale,” says Burnett, a Tennessee general sessions judge who has sold antique furniture, jewelry and other items for more than 25 years at the World’s Longest Yard Sale. “It’s just a matter of knowing what you are looking for.” As at other flea markets, both amateurs and professional dealers are selling. “The tendency is for people to stop at the big locations where you see a lot of people, but you can really miss some good things from someone who lives there and is just selling stuff in their yard,” he says.
Bargain better. Negotiating is expected at yard sales, so ask what the seller’s best price is, then counteroffer. “I would rather have one bidder than 10,000 lookers,” Burnett says. And don’t worry about going too low, either: “I’ve never been insulted by an offer,” he adds.
Cash is king. While some sellers accept credit cards and personal checks, bills are the easiest.