Ten Blow-Your-Mind Tips for Shopping the World’s Largest Yard Sale

690 Miles. Five states. Endless yard sale! Yup… we are headed to the World’s Largest Yard Sale this weekend!! Lucky for me, I had a practice run earlier this summer when we trekked Highway 301 for their Endless Yard Sale. And while it was no where near the size of the massive 127 Yard Sale, I learned quite a lot about the art of endless yard saling! Yes, it’s an art! And I’m about to blow your mind with what I wish I had know before I set out!!

Here’s a page from my Yard Sale Shopping notes…

Top Ten Tips for Yard Sale Shopping by Rusted Roots

First things first, if you are headed out for a Saturday morning of yard sale shopping in your neighborhood… sure, you can start planning the day before. That’s a whole different ball game! But if you are headed to the World’s Largest Yard Sale, you better start preparing weeks, perhaps months in advance!! One of the things you should do is prepare your Yard Sale Tool Kit.

(P.S. You can click on any of the images below to take you to read all about that tip!)

Top Ten Tips for Yard Sale Shopping {Tip #1}

Be Prepared: The Ultimate Must-Have Yard Sale Kit

And it’s not just your Yard Sale Kit that should be full… you belly should be too! Be sure to fuel yourself for the day ahead and if that means Cheese Doodles and Diet Dr. Pepper, well, you do what you gotta do!!

Top Ten Tips for Yard Sale Shopping {Tip #2}

Fuel for the Fight: Cheese Doodles & Diet Dr. Pepper

Lodging can be tricky for the 127 World’s Largest Yard Sale. Do you want to have to be at a certain point at a certain time? Do you want to wing it? Will you be devastated if you are left with no place to lay your pretty little head? All things you should consider… Here’s what we are doing!!

Top Ten Tips for Yard Sale Shopping {Tip #3}

Lodging: The Adventurer vs. The Shower Taking Type

Money talks. And I don’t mean you gotta be rollin’ in the Benjamin’s to snag some unique treasure. But, there are some tricks to the money you bring with you that will help you get the best deals! Here’s what we’re taking and why our money talks!!

Top Ten Tips for Yard Sale Shopping {Tip #4}

Moolah: The Cash Stash to Get a Deal

♪ It’s my perogative. ♪ And while I’m sure Bobby Brown would go for it… when you are driving the 127 Yard Sale there’s no changing your mind. No U-turns. No whipping into a last minute driveway. Plan your route and stick to it! Here’s how!

Top Ten Tips for Yard Sale Shopping {Tip #5}

No U-turns: How to Plan a Route & Stick to It

There will be soooooo many choices along the route, and you will be tempted to hop in and out of your car every few feet. But there are ways that you can tell if it’s a sale worth stopping for without stepping foot out of your car. And I don’t mean slowing down to 4mph to scope it out! That’s a no-no! Here’s the secrets to picking the best spots!

Top Ten Tips for Yard Sale Shopping {Tip #6}

Choices. Choices.: How to Pick the Best Stops

The easiest thing you can do is remember one simple word! It’s like a secret codeword. If more people use it, you’d be surprised the results you will get when it comes to getting a deal and finding that one treasure you’ve been searching for! Not to mention, it may just land you a yummy lunch!! Secret Codeword: Here.

Top Ten Tips for Yard Sale Shopping {Tip #7}

The One Word that Goes a Long Way

Take a watch and wear it proud. The 127 Yard Sale isn’t like your traditional Saturday sale where the early bird gets the worm. Sure, the early bird gets the best selection, but you also have to consider this sale is a four-day sale. Timing matters on that front as well! It’s Yard Sale o’Clock!

Top Ten Tips for Yard Sale Shopping {Tip #8}

Yard Sale o’Clock: Timing is Everything

While the yard sale will be a blast, this may be the one situation where some may feel uncomfortable. But negotiating is part of the magic! However, there is a right and wrong way to do it! And a right and wrong time! Know what to say to get the deal you want!

Top Ten Tips for Yard Sale Shopping {Tip #9}

How to Haggle without being a Hag

And last but certainly not least, HAVE FUN and be open-minded!! What you see in a piece… someone else may never imagine!! If you can look at things with an open-mind, you are likely to snag an amazing deal on something that someone else simply doesn’t see the potential! It’s what I do best!!

Top Ten Tips for Yard Sale Shopping {Tip #10}

Be Open-Minded: Beauty Stems from Rusted Roots. 

I surely hope that all of these tips help you on your journey to the World’s Largest Yard Sale aaaand beyond! (holding my fist high and proud, Buzz Lightyear style!) Yard Sales are truly one of my favorite pasttimes. And now that it is part of my business, I couldn’t be happier! If you are headed to the 127 Yard Sale, shoot me a note in the comments!! Any special spots you plan to hit? I’m a newbie!!

And if you are not headed to the 127 Yard Sale this year but wish you could, follow along on Instagram and Facebook! I’ll be using #RustedRoutes, like all of my Junk Adventures! I’d love to have you along! I’m sure I’ll need help deciding between all my rusty finds! After all, it was you all who convinced me to go!! Remember this post?

And if you think you may go to the sale next year or just wanna hang onto these handy tips, I’d love for you to Pin It! Share it with a friend! Here’s a handy image…

Ten Awesome Tips to Score the Best Finds at Yard Sales #RustedRoutes

I’ll let you know how the sale goes!! Wish me luck!!

(Update: Check out all four days of our crazy adventure below by clicking on the image!!)

Five States in Four Days!! Our Route on 127 World's Largest Yard Sale #RustedRoots

Five States in Four Days!! Our Route on 127 World's Largest Yard Sale #RustedRoots

Five States in Four Days!! Our Route on 127 World's Largest Yard Sale #RustedRoots

Five States in Four Days!! Our Route on 127 World's Largest Yard Sale #RustedRoots

Until next time, let us remember..

Beauty Stems from Rusted Roots

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  1. Wow! What a goldmine of a post and such an incredible resource you’ve crafted for us. Thank you, Candace. This makes me want to go yard-sale-ing riiiiiiight now! At 11:46 p.m. Ha ha. (Especially now that I know your tips for negotiating like a magician! I definitely learned A TON from that tip in particular – – and I love how you connected it to your experiences as a newscaster. You’ve armed us well!)

    Enjoy the World’s Largest Yard Sale! Can’t wait to see the rusted treasures and the rusted root stories you bring back.

    • Oh thank you. Thank you, sweet friend!! Downloading all 544 pictures as I type!! It was such a blast of an adventure! Now to decide which of those 544 funky finds to share with you all!! Whew!! I’m so glad you found the negotiating tips handy!! They sure worked for me at the sale!! There were things I had to walk away from for sure!! But all in all, I am very pleased with the treasures I brought home!! Now, let me get to sifting through all these pictures so I can share them with you all!!! 416 left to download!! Fun! Fun!

  2. Laura Lea says:

    So glad I found your site (blog).
    1- love your writing style!
    2-loads of info!
    3-you make me giggle!

    🙂 Hubs and I were trying to figure out what to do for our 25th wedding anniversary. We talked about a cruise (we have never been on one) But last week I don’t know what made the 127 sale pop in my head but it did and it hit me. THAT’S IT! This is what I want to do! Some might not consider 3 days of junkin a very good trip for a 25th anniversary ,but we think it’s PERFECT. I am sooooo excited! I am kinda obsessed about the whole thing now. I have read every blog or post I can find on the subject and that is how I found your site.
    I have posted on the forums on the 127 yard sale site asking a few questions but if it’s cool with you I am going to share your site. I think others will enjoy the information as well.
    I think hubs and I are going to fly by the seat of our pants and go where the wind leads us. We may be sleeping in a Wal-mart parking lot too. LOL

    • Yay!!!! Laura! So glad you found us too!! You are going to have such a BLAST!!! I can’t wait to do the 127 again this year! We had sooooo much fun last year!! And yes, we will be crashing the Wal-mart parking lot again! It really was so much fun!! No timeline. No pressure to be somewhere by a certain time! It was AMAZING!! P.S. Congrat on your 25th!! And keep in touch!! 😉

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