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The longest, the biggest and the most down-under. We’ve rounded up the three most insane garage sales we’d like to visit. How fun would it be to amble through Australia, seeking out the best furniture and dishes, or stroll through just part of the 690-mile yard sale that stretches through the heart of America? These are just a few of the biggest and best sales. Let us know if you’ve heard of other massive sales!
The World’s Longest Garage Sale
Length: 690 miles
History: Began in 1987 to show how the backroads of America have something to offer
Major finds: Tons of vintage dishes, a sled shaped like a pirate ship and a fake cadaver with organs, all seen on Instagram with tag #127sale
What to bring: Comfortable shoes. Even if you’re driving the length, you’ll be doing tons of walking between sales. Make the long haul comfy.
The “World’s Longest Garage Sale” spans from five miles north of Addison, Michigan to Gadsden, Alabama. The sale starts the first Thursday in August and runs through that Sunday. The original intention of the sale was to encourage people to get off the interstate and mosey down along country roads. We’re up for that if it means vintage Pyrex, records and used furniture for hundreds of miles. HGTV created a photo gallery of amazing finds from the sale. Want to know more? Read about the documentary filmmaker who chronicled the sale this year.
The Australian Garage Sale Trail
Size: A sale meant to support communities, the Trail works with 109 local governments Australia-wide. and is supported by the State Government
History: Began in May 2010
Major finds: clothing, records, discounted furniture
What to bring: Sunscreen. Buckets of it.
The Aussies do it right with their huge garage sale trail. Not only can sellers register their sales for free, the trail’s website features interactive maps and listings of the best items. Although we won’t be able to make it to the land down under for the October 26th sale, we plan on following the sale on Instagram and Facebook.
The World’s Largest Garage Sale
Size: 100,000 buyers throughout the Adirondacks
History: The sale has been going strong for 34 years
Major finds: Adirondack furniture, estate jewelry, handmade crafts
What to bring: An umbrella. Most of the sale is open-air with scattered tents and tarps. If rain hits, be prepared.
In the blissful town of Warrensburg, New York, more than 100,000 shoppers descend every October for an event dubbed “The World’s Largest Garage Sale.” Packed with vendors, BBQ, music and shoppers, the sale is a festival for all ages of thrifters. This year the date is set for Saturday October 5 and Sunday, October 6.
What other big sales have you heard about this year? If you’re planning a secondhand sale, register it with Krrb and we’ll help you organize it!