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Elvis loses his excess, and other tales from the world’s longest yard sale

19 minutes

Tiger rugs, Elvis impersonators and Jesus paintings – scenes from a 600-mile yard sale

Featuring a loveable array of bargain-hunters, decluttering novices and unusual artists, Elvis Loses his Excess, and Other Tales From the World’s Longest Yard Sale collects scenes from the annual Highway 127 Yard Sale, which stretches some 600 miles along US Route 127 from Michigan to Alabama. Driving the sale’s path and capturing the people she meets along the way, the US director Riley Hooper crafts a charming and heartening road-trip film about the multitude of meanings, large and small, carried by our stuff.

Director: Riley Hooper

Producer: Katrina Sorrentino


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