Story by Kay Blevins

Eyewitness News Reporter

CHATTANOOGA (WRCB)-- The blazing heat didn't keep people from showing up to the world's longest yard sale Wednesday.

Even though the official start of the sale is Thursday, many folks are already trying to find the best deals on antiques, pictures and jewelry.

We talked to the vendors braving the sweltering temperatures Wednesday just to make a buck.

"We left the house yesterday morning at seven in Charlotte, North Carolina. We drove seven and a half hours, we got here and it was almost a hundred degrees," says Vendor Joanie Garbee.

The glistening sweat is indicative of the extreme temperatures the vendors are dealing with throughout the entire day, but these dedicated collectors say they just don't care.

"This is absolutely the worst temperatures but we have been used to it at home because it's been so hot in Charlotte too. The whole east coast, but there is nothing we can do about it," says Garbee.

All they can do is drink lots of water, stay in the shade and hope for the best.

"It's terrible. Yesterday was awful. We got here a little late and I like to got to hot yesterday so we got up early this morning," says Benny Palmer.

You can pretty much find anything and everything you could ever want at these yard sales, from purses, to blankets, furniture and antiques.

"It might be something your mom or your dad or your grandma or granddad had, something you can't live without," says Mary Johnson.

This sale is just a small glimpse of what many of these vendors do throughout the year, traveling the country, hoping to make some serious cash.

While many vendors say the world's longest yard sale is the best around, it's also the hottest.

"You just have to think cool and you will have a cool day," says Johnson.

The yard sale continues through Sunday throughout Tennessee on Highway 127 in Dunlap, Signal Mountain and Pikeville. 

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