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Some worry rain will dampen World's Longest Yard Sale

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) - Parts of the nearly 700 mile stretch of deals along US 127 were less traveled Friday night.

The annual World's Longest Yard Sale opened Thursday. It runs through six states from Michigan to Alabama.

It's typically busy with shoppers from start to finish, but the rain kept some from wanting to shop outside.

“Just off hand, I counted 30 different states people travel from. It's unbelievable where they come from. From North to South, all over,” Seller Jabus Braxton said.

You can find just about anything at the World's Longest Yard Sale.

“You know, people are always looking for that unique thing that you'd never think you would find and then it's along the road somewhere,” Braxton added.

But Friday's rain is putting a damper on sales.

“It really erases a lot, it really does. It takes out a lot of the people and so you just have to slow things down and wait for a break,” he said.

“It doesn't hurt as much as it does some of the sellers who don't have a tent to be under,” Allen Vessles said.

Vessles says proceeds from his church's yard sale help run a school in Haiti.

“We've had wild success. Last year we raised about $33,000. The year before that, about $40,000. We're hoping for another $40,000 again this year,” he said.

It's one of the top three schools in the country and gives 1,200 students an education.

“It costs us about 50 cents per day per child to educate them and clothe them and give them one good hot meal,” Vessles added.

And for those that live along US 127 on Signal Mountain, the rain may bring a sigh of relief.

“For the local people, the local traffic it sometimes gets frustrating for them, so I see some of my neighbors and friends driving by with not so exciting faces, but I just smile,” Braxton said.

The yard sale wraps up this Sunday.

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