I’ve heard about the 127 Corridor Sale for years, but I’ve never gone (even though it comes right here through Cincinnati). But since I had a magazine assignment to cover a stretch of it, I finally had an excuse to check it out. And, the coolest part: I invited my two sisters and my niece to come along.

So last Friday and Saturday, we scouted the stretch from Celina, Ohio to Owenton, Kentucky. We were four ladies on the open road, perusing the junk and wonderfulness that is the World’s Longest Yard Sale.
Here is what we learned:

1.  People will sell anything. Motorcyles. Empty Cool Whip containers. Pantyliners. Anything. A lot of it is very cool. A lot of is not.

2.  It’s the one time when you should absolutely drive far slower than the speed limit. If you stick to 55, you will miss most of the random kitsch. Don’t be in a hurry.

3.  The more cars you see piled on the side of the road, the more you know that you should stop.

4.  Don’t second-guess what you’re drawn to. If it pulls you toward it, there’s a reason. (I have two different items I regret not buying and I’m still thinking about them! I should have respected the magnetic attraction.)

5. Bring snacks. Many of the stretches are not heavily populated, and there are not a lot of restaurant options sometimes. Lots of vendors do sell water and hot dogs. But have your own stash in the car.

6. Keep your eyes open for all of the signs: there are lots of sales off of 127 too. Be ready for anything. Ask the locals for tips about what might be off the beaten path.
7. Anytime you see a diner advertising homemade pie, absolutely stop.
8. Practice your haggling skills. Never be afraid to make an offer.
9. Whatever you say on 127, stays on 127. Especially when one of your sisters is reading 50 Shades of Grey in the back of the car.

10. The whole thing will be way more fun if you pretend that a film crew is following you for some fabulous cable show about picking through junk.
Thanks for the memories and the loot, 127. I’ll be back next year!
Renee Ballew

So you live in Cinncinatti? Is there any good antique, thrift, or any good shopping there? My husband's family is orignially from there and we want to go visit someday, close to Milford.


Renee, yes, there is very good antique shopping here. In the spring/summer/fall months, there is a good circuit of shows, including Covington, Lawrenceburg & Burlington. I did a post about Burlington earlier: http://www.sewretrothebook.com/1/post/2011/09/burlington-antiques-show-take-2.html.

And actually, Milford is a great place to shop too! I did a post about that last year: http://www.sewretrothebook.com/1/post/2011/11/how-i-spent-small-business-saturday-milford-ohio.html

-- Judi


The items for sale look so traditional and it is nice to see all these. It is good to conduct these kind events and I appreciate the people behind this program. The artifacts these are awesome and I love the wooden rollers. Good luck.


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