If you find yourself in western Kentucky in the early fall, you're likely to see hundreds of signs planted along a 200-mile stretch of Highway 60, marking one of the region's largest community yard sales. The annual Highway 60 yard sale covers eight counties: Livingston, Crittenden, Union, Henderson, Daviess, Hancock, Breckenridge, and Meade. "Folks are coming from all across the country. We get as many calls about this event as we do the Owensboro Bar-B-Q festival," Shannon Wetzel, executive director of the Daviess County Convention and Visitors Bureau, told 14 News.
Think of is as "a yard sale on steroids," say event organizers on the yard sale's Facebook page, adding that the event features thousands of booths filled with food, arts, crafts and antiques.
Shop, But Use Caution
The sale is held annually, regardless of weather conditions. "One year we even handed (shoppers) umbrellas, and they were grateful, they still shopped," one of the organizers, Norma Gatten, told Louisville news station Wave 3.
The annual roadside garage sale has been going on for so long that the exact year it began has become a mystery, Maggie Duncan of the Grayson Area Chamber of Commerce told the "Daily Independent," an Ashland daily newspaper. Through the years, several areas have become recognized for crowded conditions as vendors and shoppers alike take advantage of wide spots and parking lots along the mostly rural route. “Just be careful when you are pulling in and out of anywhere,” Duncan said.
If you are planning to sell your wares during the event, always check with the property owner before setting up shop. But, whether you are shopping or selling, there are plenty of restaurants and hotels along the highway, as well as gas stations and convenience markets.
Take a Detour
In addition to eateries and hotels, western Kentucky offers plenty of interesting places to explore if you need a break from bargain-hunting. So, take some time to enjoy the local attractions. You can visit Abraham Lincoln's birthplace, explore Amish Country or dip your own bottle of bourbon at the Maker's Mark distillery.
When you pass through Henderson, visit the GRADD Arts & Crafts Festival, which features live music, arts and crafts, and plenty of food booths.
Yard Sale Tips
Improve your chances of going home with a real treasure -- at a great price -- by following some basic yard-sale strategies.
- Learn the top 10 yard sale-shopping tips before you go.
- Once you're on the road, keep an eye out for yard sale signs marking off-highway sales.
- Watch for clustered sales in parking lots and fields.
- Practice your haggling skills before you go and pack your yard sale tool kit.
- Dress in layers so you can add or remove pieces according to the temperature. Wear comfortable shoes.