Attracting bargain shoppers and antique collectors from a multi-state region, the U.S. 60 Yard Sale officially begins Friday morning in Grayson, Carter County and beyond.
The annual event, sponsored by the Grayson Tourism & Convention Commission, continues through Saturday.
“Tourism started the yard sale a few years ago,” said Charlotte Sparks of the commission, before citing repeat visits from people who live in states including Indiana, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Ohio.
“The furthest, I think, was from Boston,” she said, noting the yard sale’s fans from Boston tell her they enjoy the event because they always find things they can resell in their home market. “They say, ‘What the hill people have, people in Boston don’t have.’”
The extended yard sale scene attracts people for different reasons, Sparks said, although the desire for a good deal is usually at the top of their motivations.
“They love finding bargains,” she said, adding many people look for school clothes for their children while others sell the school clothes their kids have outgrown. One U.S. 60 Yard sale patron reported being thrilled to find a hammer with a serial number indicating it was manufactured in 1928, Sparks said, while others enjoy looking at the maker’s marks on things like china sets or cast iron cookware. “Some people collect and some people get rid of!”
People do not need any sort of permit or license to sell items during the annual yard sale, although they must have the permission of any property owner or business whose land they want to set up on. Anyone who wants to prepare food for their yard sale location will be required to have a temporary food service permit from the Little Sandy Health Department. The $25 fee for foods including baked goods, hot dogs, hamburgers and corn dogs does not apply to non-profit groups such as Relay For Life, Little League or church groups, although a permit is still required. No permit is necessary for sealed food items such as chips, candy bars, water or soda.
In addition to providing additional income for participating residents, Sparks said the U.S. 60 Yard Sale has proven to be beneficial for area businesses, including gas stations, hotels and restaurants.
“Our business booms. We have lines of people getting food and taking it back to people that’s selling,” she said.
The Grayson Tourism & Convention Commission also provides portable toilets at strategic locations along the yard sale route, Sparks said. For more information about the U.S. 60 Yard Sale, call (606) 474-8740.
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