US 12 Heritage Trail Garage Sale in Southwest Michigan

Tips for Shoppers and Sellers

tables full of garage sale merchandise
Sebastian Kopp / EyeEm / Getty Images

Explore southwest Michigan's charming towns while you shop the US 12 Heritage Trail Garage Sale. It's frequently referred to as the US 12 Garage Sale.

Held annually since 2003, the event features more than 200 miles of garage sales. It's Michigan's longest garage sale.

US Highway 12 is sometimes referred to as the Old Sauk Trail or the Chicago Road. 

The Route:

  • New Buffalo, Michigan to Detroit, Michigan
  • Southwest Michigan
  • 212 miles along US Highway 12
  • Map available online a few days prior to the sale.

Dates and Times:

  • Held annually during the second weekend of August
  • Friday through Sunday
  • opening and closing times vary by the seller but plan to start early each day
  • 2016 Dates: August 12 through August 14

Along the Way:

  • If you're traveling to the US 12 Heritage Trail Garage Sale from elsewhere, use the trip planner to find food, lodging, local events, attractions, and other shopping along the way.
  • Southwest Michigan attractions listed by city
  • Local lodging information, from campgrounds to charming bed & breakfasts
  • In addition to garage sales, enjoy live entertainment, food, antique stores, flea markets, sidewalk sales, and other community events as you travel the route.

US 12 Heritage Trail Garage Sale Shopping Tips:

  • In addition to garage sales at private homes, watch for clustered sales in parking lots and fields.
  • Expect to see everything from antiques to fresh produce, as well as tons of yard sale fare.
  • Study the Top 10 Yard Sale Shopping Tips before you go, and then practice a few good haggling phrases out loud to yourself during the drive.
  • As you drive through towns, watch for garage sale signs pointing the way to off-highway sales. 
  • The US 12 Heritage Trail publishes an interactive map on its site just before the event. Keep it pulled up on your smartphone or tablet so you don't miss any sales, especially the big group sales.

US 12 Garage Sale Selling Tips:

For More Information: