Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Want to Be on HGTV? Casting for a Special Featuring the World's Longest Yard Sale

One of Chattanooga's most beloved annual events, and a great way to find inexpensive treasures, is the World's Longest Yard Sale, which runs August second through the fifth. For those not yet in the know, it is an annual event that spans from Gadsden, Alabama to Hudson, Michigan along the Lookout Mountain Parkway and the U.S. 127 Corridor. The 675 mile span offers thousands of vendors. Though it's still over a month away, HGTV and Yard Sale enthusiasts interested in taking their experience to the next level should know that casting is taking place for a one hour special on the event. according to a press release on casting, 
"HGTV is searching for talented hagglers with an eye for yard sale shopping. People with personality are preferred and HGTV wants to know their mission, who they will shop with and what they love about the World's Longest Yard Sale. Competitors should also state why they think they could win the HGTV competition and include a photo or video of themselves. Vendors selling unique items along Route 127 are also asked to share a great story with HGTV viewers. HGTV is casting NOW so shoppers and vendors should email immediately." For more information on the casting, visit this page and scroll down to "HGTV Wants 'Endless Yard Sale' Hagglers."

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For more antiquing and treasure hunting year round, check out some of the following Chattanooga businesses that offer interesting finds at a range of prices.

A monthly auction featuring everything from fine art to jewelry, carpets, furniture, and collectables. Preview each month's wares from 10-5  the week prior to auction weekend. The auction itself is the last full weekend of every month, Saturday starting at 11 AM and Sunday at 1 PM, with registration an hour before. Registration is $10, but you get a weekend's worth of entertainment, shopping, and light hors de vours. 

Serves up some of the finest European and museum-quality antiques in the Chattanooga area, rivaling the offerings of far larger cities like Atlanta and Nashville. The auction calendar can be found on their website, and varies as it is dictated by owner Leslie Meeks' trips to Europe to find and ship the best quality pieces home to Chattanooga. Despite this level of attention to detail, Meek's prices are still very affordable, making outstanding finds accessible for many bidders.

Located on Chattanooga's North Shore is itself an antique, converted from a 19th century textile factory to a home for over 100 vendors. Here there is a wide variety of vintage and antique offerings for sale in over 20,000 feet of space. Next door, grab a bite to eat at Food Works, an excellent restaurant featuring a menu of well-prepared American bistro cuisine and famous dollar mimosa brunches on Sundays. Knitting Mill Antiques is a great shopping destination. 

Merchants offers a mix of vintage, antiques, refinished furniture, craft and decor items, and other odds and ends. It's a great place to see what the latest design trends are, from mid century modern to shabby chic to industrial. Merchants on Main offers very reasonable prices and variety, while maintaing a flavor not found anywhere else in town. Try stopping by during the the summer Southside Art Strolls the last Friday of every month in season, when Merchants on Main adds live music and snacks to its shopping experience.

A great antique shop tucked away in Lookout Valley, just a 10 minute drive from downtown Chattanooga. It specializes in china, depression-era glass, and crystal, as well as artifacts dating back to the Civil War era. There is always something new to surprise you at this classic Southern antique shop, featuring 20 vendors and 3,600 square feet of shopping space.

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