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Its web site boasts a year-long countdown to what has been labeled the “world’s longest yard sale” and each year, hundreds of bargain hunters and antique dealers watch the countdown closely in anticipation of the 675 mile trek that makes up the 127 Corridor Sale.
Luckily for local businesses and restaurants, many of the eager hunters travel right through Owen County when the sale officially begins Aug. 5. The sale will continue through Aug. 8.
The annual sale will continue to have an impact on the local economy.
President of the Owen County Chamber of Commerce Pam Chappell said she feels all businesses and restaurants will see an increase of business during the sale.
“I feel sure it will increase the volume of people visiting local restaurants,” Chappell said. “I think the people in town will also see an increase in business.”
Chappell said she feels local citizens look forward to the sale each year.
“I know a lot of people take off work to have sales or attend them,” Chappell said. “The traffic can be a headache, but I think people are always hunting for a bargain or a treasure.”
The 127 sale began in 1987 and begins each year on the first Thursday in August and continues through Sunday.
“The concept of the World’s Longest Yard Sale in August is to pull people off the interstates and back into the heartland of rural, scenic America,” the web site reads. “The event encourages businesses and residents to participate by having yard sales, sidewalk sales and special promotions for a continuous stretch from one end of the sale route to the other.”
According to a press release, beginning this year the sale will run from Hudson, Mich., south to Chattanooga, Tenn., and then switch to the Lookout Mountain Parkway, continuing to Gadsden, Ala., for a total of 675 miles.