Hundreds of bargain hunters, some from as far as England, have been rummaging their way through Franklin County as they check out the 25th annual 127 Yard Sale.
“Someone will say, ‘What are you looking for?’ I say, ‘Anything I can find,’” said Cheryl Mather, of Bullock County, as she looked over a table of old dishes.
For more than two decades, vendors have been setting up tents and selling their knick-knacks along U.S. 127 across six states. The sale spans 690 miles from Michigan to Alabama and calls itself “The World’s Longest Yard Sale.”
It always starts the first Thursday in August, and it’s become so popular that some plan summer vacations around it.
“This is our fourth year,” said California resident Alice Duque, standing next to her sister, Monica Wethington, of Versailles. “She drives, I shop … I bring an empty suitcase and I take it back full.”
For Mary May, who sold baby clothes, crystal and other items from her garage on U.S. 127 North, the yard sale is her vacation.
“There’s 13 of us ladies who always go on vacation in September, so I have this yard sale to help me pay for it,” May said with a laugh.
This is May’s fifth year in the yard sale, and she says she usually makes about $700 each year. It’s not all about the money, though.
“It’s fun to see everyone – we had someone this morning come through from Canada,” May said. “It’s a good time; we enjoy it.”
After checking out May’s stash, many of her customers went next door to the home of Jerry Purvis, who had set up tables featuring everything from books and baby rattles to dishes and a pair of swimming flippers.
“We’re selling anything and everything,” Purvis said. “Thursday, I sold a boat.”
Purvis said he’s had many visitors from outside Kentucky, including a couple from England who came by with a box truck looking for antiques.
Cheryl Preisendorfer, of Ohio, was also doing some “antique” shopping at Purvis’ yard.
“Porter Wagoner – you cannot find Porter Wagoner anywhere,” Preisendorfer exclaimed, holding an 8-track tape from the Missouri country gospel singer.
“… One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”
Vendors range from U.S. 127 residents, who sell from their own yards and garages, and groups who plop a table and tent down in an empty lot or on the side of the road. According to the sale’s official website, the 127 Yard Sale features thousands of vendors each year.
The sale ends today.