Central Pennsylvania's 100 Mile Yard Sale in July

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The central Pennsylvania 100 Mile Yard Sale was started to attract tourists to the area and give residents a way to earn extra cash. It runs from Shawville, Pennsylvania, to Medix Run, Pennsylvania and includes small towns like LeContes Mills, Frenchville, and Karthaus. The sale is held annually during the third week of July. In 2019, the opening times of the event were Friday, July 19, and Saturday, July 20, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Quehanna Industrial Development Corporation handles the management of the event and also publishes a handy online directory that names all of the vendors and provides a summary of the specific items for sale by each vendor and a list of events sponsored by hotels and other venues along the way.

Details About the Route

The route is 100 miles, starting in Shawville, Pennsylvania, on Route 879. The route takes you through Elk, Clearfield, Centre, and Cameron counties. Participating cities include Shawville, Lecontes Mills, Frenchville, Keewaydin, Karthaus, Sinnemahoning, Driftwood, Pine Glen, Benezette, and Medix Run.

The 100 Mile Yard Sale route is not a clean shot down a straight highway. Route 879 twists and turns the entire way. Keep an eye out for yard sales along the route, but make sure you pay close attention to the road too. Be cautious when parking on the shoulder of the road.

Buying Goods

Though the event officially starts at 9 a.m., expect some sellers to start quite a bit earlier. Study the map and directory to plan your days around favorite vendors, hotels, and eateries. Many of the vendors also offer basic food (hot dogs and lemonade), so check each listing carefully.

Become a better treasure hunter by packing the right gear. Also, brush up on ​yard sale shopping tips before you go. Do not be afraid to haggle at the 100 Mile Yard Sale, though you will probably get better deals on Saturday because it is the last day of the sale. Try to avoid common haggling mistakes as well.

Selling Goods

This particular multi-county yard sale is mainly a local event. To set up a yard sale, you would need to find an individual or business willing to host your booth. If you can find a good location, you will also need to follow local permits and pay for the right to put up a sign.

There is a $10 fee to set up an official participating yard sale, payable to the Quehanna Industrial Development Corporation. The fee includes a yard sale sign stating that you are a paid participant in the 100 Mile Yard Sale.

If you would like to have a yard sale but do not have a good spot to set up, check with businesses and property owners who have parking lots and empty fields along the route. They might be willing to rent space to you for a small fee. You might even spark the idea of a group sale in that location, which often draws bigger crowds of shoppers.