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Couple drives from Alaska to Chattanooga for yard sale

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Bargain hunters and sellers alike are in town for the 26th annual "World's Longest Yard Sale." The Highway 127 corridor sale runs through six states and stretches 690 miles from Alabama to Michigan.

"That's a very unusual sled with the steering wheel on it to turn the wheels," said Hudson.

An "unusual" snow sled catches the attention of Dale Hudson at a booth on Signal Mountain.

Hudson and his wife aren't from the south. They drove some 3,500 miles from their home in Juneau, Alaska.

"We've been doing about 600 miles a day to get here. We'll do about 50 or 100 today and we're headed North," he said.

The couple is shopping for the antique shop they own in Alaska. Dale said the trip is expensive and won't pay for itself, so they treat the 3-week trip more like a vacation and less like work.

Gary Sofen made the drive from Florida for the fourth straight year. His wife also owns an antique store.

"I'm hoping to find a lot of treasures today," Sofen said.

At one booth, Sofen paid $150 for an old Pepsi sign and a hand-carved Indian statue.

Sofen first visits the vendors he remembers from last year. Vendors like Larry Barnes.

"Just odds and ends we hope people want," Barnes said.

Barnes brings his stuff each year from Arkansas to the spot on Signal Mountain where he makes good friends.

"Red is from Georgia, Scott over there is from Lookout Mountain and Cricket is from Suck Creek," he said, naming off his neighboring sellers.

But when it comes to logging the most miles for a bargain, the caravanning couple from Alaska takes the win.

"Six days to get here, four days of garage-selling, and six days to get back," Hudson said.

Organizers expect more than a hundred thousand people to show up and shop.

The yard sale lasts through Sunday. Organizers expect more than a hundred thousand people to show up and shop. Click here for more information about the yard sale.

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