It’s springtime in the South and you know what that means?  It’s the start of Yard Sale and Antiquing Season!

The one event I have always wanted to go to but never had the chance (crazy since I grew up and went to college literally “spittin’ distance” from the sale is the biannual Antique Weekend held each year in dozens of towns between Houston and Austin.  Ryan and I hope to eventually return to this part of Texas when he leaves the Army.  It truly is the most beautiful place in a beautiful state and the Antique Weekend makes it that much more alluring.  This spring’s weekend has already past (first weekend in April) but the fall weekend (first weekend in October) is coming up.

In its 10th year is the “US 11 Antique Alley” event held on U.S. Highway 11 from Meridian, Mississippi through Birmingham, Alabama, and towns in Dade County, Georgia, then Chattanooga, Tennessee, to Knoxville, Tennessee, and on to Bristol, Virginia.  The event will be held May 17-20, the weekend after Mother’s Day.  Luckily, school will be out for me by then so I’d really like to run through the Alabama/Georgia sections of that sale. 

The World’s Longest Yard Sale (also known as the 127 Yard Sale) starts in Gadsden, Alabama, and goes all the way up to Covington, Kentucky, covering 450 miles.  For more info on the sale, see their website here.  This year’s sale will be held August 2-5, 2007.  Based on their website, the concept of the World’s Longest Yard Sale is to pull people off the interstates and back into the heartland of rural, scenic America, an idea I can really get behind.  I hope that I can make it up to that part of Alabama for some of the sale…it all depends on when school starts back this fall.

Do any of y’all know of any antique shows or craft shows going on this spring or summer?  Feel free to post!