Friday, October 02, 2015

Highway 411 yard sale and Etowah Fall Arts and Crafts

Good news bargain hunters! The Highway 411 Yard Sale is this week and the Etowah Area Chamber of Commerce Fall Arts and Crafts Festival caps off the weekend! The Highway 411 Yard Sale is held annually on the first weekend of October and a few days before that. The route goes from Leeds, Alabama, to Newport, Tennessee.

Highway 411 sign
Sure, there are other towns along the route where you could stop, but Etowah, Tennessee is my favorite. It's a small slice of Americana Pie. People are friendly, parking plentiful, and restaurants range from fast food to sit down. There is Mexican, Chinese or American. Almost every one is locally owned (except maybe a couple of franchises.) Plus, it's in my backyard, and I am absolutely partial to my back yard. 

Furniture, glassware, cars and just about everything else that you can think of will be available along Highway 411 Yard Sale route Although the event kicked off in mid-week, some spots out of town that were ready for business as early as Tuesday. Sellers take heart! As of this writing, spaces are still available near the high school.

L&N Depot: Etowah, Tennessee

For many of us, the real fun begins on the weekend when the free Etowah Area Chamber of Commerce Fall Arts & Crafts Festival kicks into swing. Events and activities center around the historic L&N Depot (circa 1906). Free parking lots are next to the depot and there is street parking.

You can find just about everything at the Fall Arts & Crafts Festival. Music entertainment includes top area talent. Find a pearl in an oyster at Starr Mountain Oysters. Hungry? Buy munchies from area churches and vendors or stroll through town. Looking for birthday or Christmas gifts? Peruse the rows of arts and crafts for unique items to take home.

Overnighters can stay at the Red Roof Inn or a couple of other hotels in town. Plus, there are sundry shops, antique stores and those tempting restaurants to try.

Etowah Depot Hwy 411 Yard Sale
Getting here
The main street through Etowah is the highway. Just drive straight on in until you get here, then park and shop.

If you're on I-75 North, take the Calhoun exit #36 and stay on Tennessee 163 East. It dead ends onto Highway 411. Turn left and keep going into town. You'll notice a small campground on the left just after you turn onto the highway. It's always packed with vendors that have come in for the yard sale. Navigating the campground parking can be a little tricky, but I found some glassware bargains last year along with some higher-end pieces.

Traveling South on I-75? Take the Athens exit #49, turn left onto Highway 30 when you come off of the interstate and keep going. Turn right when Highway 30 dumps you onto 411 at the edge of Etowah. Turn right, grab a parking spot and start shopping.