For almost 30 years, the Historic Hi-Way 80 Sale has occurred twice a year, in spring and fall, along historic Highway 80. During the sale, individuals and businesses from Georgia to Texas, along 400 miles of the historic 2,400-mile route that spans the country (Georgia to California) set up shop for garage and yard sales in five of those states.
Advertised as the "biggest garage sale in America," the Highway 80 treasure hunt has participants from Mesquite, Texas, through Louisiana, then Jackson, Mississippi, through Alabama, and ending up in Georgia.
The highway yard and garage sale is biannual with events scheduled each April and October. The event was started by the East Texas Tourism Association, and Texas remains the most active participant in the garage sale.
Dates and Hours
The sale is on the third weekends of April and October each year, with holiday exceptions. Hours vary, but typically vendors are operating by 8 a.m. and operate until the evening.
- April 2019 falls on Easter weekend; event dates are April 12, 13, 14
- October 2019 dates: October 18, 19, 20
No admission is charged at any of the garage sales along the route. But, bring cash to make your purchases. 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. Look for signs pointing the way to off-highway yard sales. Watch for group sales in fields, churches, and parking lots.
Shoppers are encouraged to stop and enjoy local cuisine, flea markets, and community events along the way. Check the local chamber of commerce websites in each state for more information on the sale and affiliated activities.
Type of Merchandise
You will find just about everything offered at this sale. Although each town has different rules and regulations, you can expect the following offerings:
- Arts and 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
How to Be a Vendor
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 "Historic U.S. 80 Hi-Way 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.