The U.S. Highway 36 Treasure Hunt is a huge highway yard sale that spans the entire state of Kansas. Many shoppers refer to it as the Kansas Treasure Hunt. Started in 2006, the border-to-border event features flea markets, food trucks, and community events during the three-day event.
US Highway 36 Treasure Hunt Route
The 400-mile route runs along U.S. Highway 36 in northern Kansas from the Missouri border in Doniphan county to the Colorado border in Cheyenne County. More than 35 towns participate.
Dates and Times
The Treasure Hunt is held annually each fall on the third weekend in September. Activities run from Friday through Sunday. Some vendors set up as early as Wednesday. The 2018 dates are September 14, 15 and 16.
Along the Way
In addition to shopping the yard sales, shoppers are encouraged to stop and enjoy the food booths, bake sales, flea markets, antique sales, and community events along the way.
There's no way to shop the U.S. 36 Treasure Hunt in a single day. Instead, plan for local lodging and enjoy the restaurants and concessions.
It is impossible to list everything that might be for sale on the Treasure Hunt, but you should expect to see a wide variety of merchandise including:
- Antiques and collectibles of all kinds
- Estate jewelry
- Antique and vintage furniture
- Antique silver
- Porcelain, pottery, and glass
- Antique carpets and rugs
- Fine artwork
US Highway 36 Treasure Hunt Shopping Tips
Make the most of your expeditions with these tips:
- Watch for signs and banners pointing the way to parking lot, off-highway, and clustered sales.
- Sale maps of all participating towns are available online two to three weeks before the sale. Access them from your phone so you don't miss any sales. If you prefer, printable PDF versions are also available on the same site.
- For more information about the event and the areas you'll drive through, view the online magazine "US 36 Expedition" before you go.
- Take cash (especially small bills) and pack your yard sale toolkit. You'll need comfortable shoes and an ice chest full of cold drinks.
Selling at the US 36 Treasure Hunt
Take these steps to have your sale included in the US 36 Treasure Hunt:
- Fill out the online contact form. The country coordinator in your part of the state will then respond to give you instructions to register your sale. Most counties charge a small fee for inclusion on the route map. The deadline is in the last few days of August.
- Becoming an official participant includes a Treasure Hunt yard sign and listing on the sale map.
- Vendors are encouraged to have plenty of small bills ($1 and $5), particularly at the start of the sale on Friday. Buyers will arrive with large bills.
- Don't forget to have boxes, sacks, and plastic bags for shoppers. If you sell fragile items, have plenty of shredded paper or bubble wrap for packing.
- Keep a tape measure on hand or measure large pieces ahead of time and mark the size on the items.
- Outdoor vendors should have a tarp ready in case of wet or windy conditions.
- Extra chairs and benches encourage shoppers to stay near your area longer.