For more than 25 years, the Hwy 80 Sale has occurred twice a year, in spring and fall, along historic Highway 80. During the sale, individuals and businesses along the almost 400-mile route set up shop for garage and yard sales. Advertised as the "biggest garage sale in America," the Hwy 80 treasure hunt has participants in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia.
The five-state highway yard and garage sale is biannual with events scheduled each April and October. The route runs from Mesquite, Texas through Louisiana to Jackson, Mississippi. The event was started by the East Texas Tourism Association, and Texas remains the most active participant in the garage sale.
Historic US 80 Hi-Way Sale Dates and Hours
- Third weekends of April and October each year
- Friday through Sunday, except when the sale falls on a holiday
- April 2019 falls on Easter weekend, and event date has yet to be scheduled
- October 2019 dates: October 18, 19, 20
- Hours vary, but typically vendors are operating by 8 a.m. and operate until the evening
Shoppers are encouraged to stop and enjoy local cuisine, flea markets, and community events along the way. Check the Chamber of Commerce website in each individual state for more information on the sale and affiliated activities.
No admission is charged at any of the garage sales along the route. The yard sales are found at homes along the designated route, in fields and pastures, in business parking lots and anywhere else people can gather.
You'll find just about everything offered at this sale. Although each town has different rules and regulations, you can expect to find:
- Arts & Crafts
- Photo Equipment
- Old farm equipment
- Dishes and glassware
- Antique cars and motorcycles
- Coins and baseball cards
- Garden plants and pots
- Jewelry and fashion accessories
- New and vintage clothing
Tips for Shopping the Historic U.S. 80 Hi-Way Sale
- Look for signs pointing the way to off-highway yard sales.
- Watch for group sales in fields, churches and parking lots.
- Bring cash.
Selling at the US 80 Hi-Way Sale
There is no fee to participate if you want to sell your wares at the sale. Some businesses set up vendor spaces for a nominal rental fee, but most sellers set up at their homes, places of business or with a church or civic group. State regulations regarding permits and the collection of tax vary. In Texas, for example, no tax is charged on sales on your own property, and no permit is necessary to sell in your yard two times a year. However, if you are not on your own property, you must have a sales tax permit. If you are planning to be a vendor, be sure to contact the permit and tax departments of your particular locale to find out the regulations you must follow.
You are responsible for setting up your own sales area and for the eventual cleanup of your area. Some communities provide U.S. 80 Hwy sale posters to identify participants in the sale. Others set up social networking sites, such as on Facebook, to advertise their participation in the sale.