The first week-end in August was the annual World’s Longest Yard Sale. It starts in Gadsden, Alabama, on Lookout Mountain and travels northward along the spine of the mountain and continues into Tennessee, and Kentucky, Ohio, and finally into Michigan. I’m not sure how many miles that is, but as you can imagine, it’s a lot. This is a 4-day event which takes place the first Thursday through Sunday in August but some vendors were set up as early as Monday! This year was my first to experience it in my new home town, and now I understand the long time residents’ feelings. By Monday morning, the town looked trashed; it did not belong to us those few days. Saturday was the worst day for traffic, people walking in front of cars, and some cars were driving just too fast with so many people around.
The weather was not conducive to good sales as there was a downpour of rain every afternoon. The ground was soggy, stuff was wet and when the sun came out the humidity made it like walking around in a sauna! However, that’s typical August weather in Alabama.
The teen-ager and I walked around Saturday afternoon but did not see anything we could not live without. A lot of it was either junk or over-priced or we liked it but did not have room for it.
We did walk over to the farmer’s market where everything is organic, which is not that important to me. The offerings included homemade jellies and jams, heirloom tomatoes, fuzzy peaches, butternut squash, and green beans. Oh, and blueberries that were huge and sweet.
Perhaps next year I will put up my own tent?