Yard sales are one of the best ways to bring in a little extra cash or find a hidden treasure. Did you know that the late singer Marvin Gaye’s passport was recently found in a vinyl album cover bought at a yard sale?
While most yard sales only span the width of a single yard, some go the whole nine yards and beyond, stretching 100 miles or more! Many BnBFinder inns are located along these lengthy routes, providing comfortable lodging and delicious food amidst all the bargains you are sure to come across.
Michigan’s Longest Garage Sale
Traveling along the Route 12 Heritage Trail, Michigan’s Longest Garage Sale runs from August 8-10. Attendees can expect to find homemade furniture and food, as well as live entertainment. Explore the magnificent scenery along Michigan’s first highway and stop by homes, farms, parking lots, and fields full of undiscovered treasures. The trail runs 212 miles from Lake Michigan to Lake Erie, passing through the West, Central, and East regions of Michigan.
In the Eastern region, Stone Chalet Bed and Breakfast offers a remarkable experience in the peaceful town of Ann Arbor. Each morning, guests can enjoy a made-to-order breakfast in the home’s lavish garden before heading out to the sale.
Yard Sale Trail
Michigan is also home to the Yard Sale Trail that takes place along majestic Lake Huron. Visitors can enjoy 150 miles of antiques, museums, and old-fashioned diners. During August 8-10, communities including Clay Township and Harbour Beach will host yard sales along Lake Huron’s breathtaking coast. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy the plethora of fishing, hunting, and boating bargains. Near Saginaw Bay in Bay City, Chesny’s Keswick Manor is a historic inn offering four uniquely appointed rooms. Guests can relax on the inn’s picturesque porch while dining on a sumptuous breakfast before heading out to hunt for hidden gems.
Buy-Way Yard Sale
Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the Buy-Way Yard Sale extends from Indiana to West Virginia during August 7-9. The 250-mile long sale runs along America’s first transcontinental road, featuring over 1,200 booths. Entertainment will include rallies, festivals, and car shows, making this the perfect family shopping trip.
Along the route, the Hide Away Country Inn in Bucyrus evokes the rich history and charm of Ohio. Tucked away in Ohio’s countryside, the inn sits on 22 acres of lush woodlands, offering guests calming streams and peaceful nature hikes.
The 127 Sale
For the biggest and best bargains of all, travelers will not want to miss The 127 Sale. Occurring August 7-10, this event is known as the World’s Longest Yard Sale. Now spanning six states and 690 miles, from Michigan to Alabama, the sale began as a way to promote local attractions in Kentucky and Tennessee. Along the route, visitors will pass historic gristmills, a World War I museum, and numerous national parks. There will be eclectic treasures available for purchase, including hand-made quilts and antiques.
Lawrenceburg Bed and Breakfast in Lawrenceburg, KY offers bargain hunters an ideal central location along the 127 Corridor. Shop ‘til you drop and then enjoy a peaceful night’s slumber in one of the inn’s luxurious king suites with private baths.
When attending these events, don’t forget to stop and smell the flowers. Whether in your inn’s gardens or along the highways, the affordable accommodations paired with the picturesque scenery might be the best bargain of all.
About The Author: Jennifer DiBlasi is the Director of PR & Marketing for BnBFinder.com, one of the world’s most comprehensive B&B directories. You can read more about Bed & Breakfasts and travel at the BnBFinder blog. Follow along on Twitter at @BnBFinder, Facebook and Google+.