Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

August 3, 2013

U.S. 60 yard sale draws buyers, sellers

Kenneth Hart
The Independent

STAR — Tiffany Barker, a Utah native who moved to Grayson about 21⁄2 months ago, said she’d never seen anything quite like the U.S. 60 Yard Sale.

“It’s amazing,” she said. “I grew up going to yard sales in Salt Lake City, but never anything of this magnitude.”

Barker, who said she and her husband, Lee, relocated to Carter County to be closer to his family, was scoping out items with her 4-year-old daughter, Annastasia, at one of the sale’s hot spots, Star Elementary School, where numerous vendors had set up shop.

Had they found anything good?

“A backpack for school,” Barker replied. “And a really cool guitar toy.”

The sale, sponsored by the Grayson Tourism & Convention Commission, kicked off on Friday. However, as usual, Saturday was the biggest day for the event, which stretches all the way from the Boyd-Carter County line into Rowan County.

As is usually the case, traffic was bumper-to-bumper and moved at a slug’s pace on U.S. 60 as the influx of bargain-hunters overwhelmed the two-lane thoroughfare.

Vendors reported middling to excellent sales. Erin Greene of Ashland, who was set up Star Elementary, was in the latter camp.

“It’s going well — very well,” she said. “I’m hoping to get rid of everything.”

Greene said she got an early start, arriving at the school around 5 a.m. to ensure she’d have a prime location. Her first customers started arriving just a couple hours later, she said.

She said her most popular items included children’s clothing, books and furniture.

To help draw attention to her items, Greene decorated her area with some hand-drawn signs, including one featuring a popular Internet cartoon character and the slogan, “Y U Not Buy Everything?”

Gary McCormick of Chesapeake, who was set up a few tables away from Greene, said his sales had been somewhat disappointing.

“Yesterday was better for me,” he said.

He said he believed the slump was partly because of high gasoline prices.

“People are holding onto their money more because of them,” he said, adding he and his wife had spent more than $100 to gas up the two vehicles they drove to the sale.

John Elliott of Mayhew Flats, who was looking at an acoustic guitar the McCormicks had for sale, said he’d been out shopping for several hours and seen a lot of bargains, but hadn’t actually bought much.

Elliott was sporting a T-shirt that was perfect for the occasion — “Cash is King” read the slogan on the front.

“I wish I had some of that to spend!” he said with a laugh.

A short way up the road from the school was another traditionally popular spot, the parking lot of the First National Bank branch at the junction of U.S. 60 and Interstate 64. It was there that Joyce Hayes of Greenup was selling cloth handbags, as well as knives and canes hand-crafted by her father.

She said sales were decent, not spectacular, although she said she got a late start.

“I wasn’t going to come,” she said. “I thought it was going to rain.”

Faith Ekers and her daughters, Ciera, 8, and Chasity, 7, decided to keep their bargain-hunting in the family. They were purchasing goodies at a table being run by Faith’s cousin, Jessica Ball.

Ball said it was her first year at the sale, having just recently moved to Kentucky from Florida. She said she’d done “really well” sales-wise.

KENNETH HART can be reached at khart@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2654.