Do some treasure hunting in Indiana this summer and browse tents and tables filled with all sorts of merchandise. Shoppers who enjoy yard sales and flea markets should find just what they want at one of these annual weekend events.
US 40 Historic National Road Yard Sale
Hunt for treasure along historic US 40 at the Historic National Road Yard Sale in Indiana. Typically held Wednesday through Sunday in late May to early June, the yard sale route runs from Baltimore to St. Louis.
Historic U.S. 40 (aka Antique Alley in Indiana) is more than 200 years old and is one of America's most scenic byways. The annual yard sale promises bargains, antiques, furniture and fresh produce. Sponsors suggest you bring along a yard sale survival kit with:
- A map
- Insect repellent
- Comfortable shoes
- Patience and a sense of humor
Vendors are encouraged to have plenty of small bills to make change, a tarp or tent in case of windy or wet weather, plenty of bags and other packing material, and extra chairs to encourage shoppers to stay longer in their areas.
The Lincoln Highway, once called the Main Street of America, is home to the huge Lincoln Highway Buy-Way Yard Sale. Held annually since 2005, the Lincoln Highway Buy-Way Yard Sale stretches across Ohio into the surrounding states of Indiana, Illinois, and West Virginia.
Any person or business that owns property along the Lincoln Highway in Indiana can set up a sale. It can be an antique sale, yard or garage sale, collectibles sale, or anything else the vendor chooses, so the chances of finding a treasure or a surprise are good. Groups tend to set up together, which makes shopping (and parking) easier. Food vendors must check in with the local health department for permits and inspections.
Churches, schools, and other organizations band together to use the Buy-Way Yard Sale as fundraisers. They pull from the attics of their many members to offer a diverse and interesting assortment of merchandise for sale.