Tuesday, April 3, 2012

General Information US 50 Yard Sale May 18-20, 2012

GENERAL INFORMATION (copied from the main website) 


The thirteenth annual Great U.S. 50 Yard Sale will be held Friday-Sunday, May 18-20, 2012.  The yard sale started in 2000, stretching across most of Indiana.  The goal is for it to grow into a Coast-to-Coast event held each year on the weekend before the Memorial Day weekend.  The Great U.S. 50 Yard Sale also serves to promote tourism along U.S. 50, to unite the many diverse communities, to provide opportunities for fund raising by civic organizations, to aid the environment through recycling,  and to serve as an opportunity for individuals to enjoy a great weekend of sales.

While promoted as a yard sale, the actual sales are limited only by the imagination and law.  Individual communities and businesses along U.S. 50 are encouraged to have special promotions during this weekend.  Vendors, especially antique and craft dealers, from all over the U.S. are welcome to join us.

This is a non-sponsored event, meaning that it is not promoted by any particular organization, but represents the efforts of volunteers and those who wish to promote their communities.  As such, the nature of the sale will vary along the route.  U.S. 50 is Constitution Avenue in Washington, DC.  It is Wyatt Earp Blvd in Dodge City, Kansas.  It crosses mountains and deserts, as well as farm land.  In some communities U.S. 50 is now a super highway and the sale route might follow Old 50.  With such diversity, many decisions will have to be made at the local level. The best source for specific and up-to-date information is to follow the Connect-to-County links.

The official yard sale is over three days.  There are no set hours.  (If you have ever had a yard sale, you know that advertising set hours never works).  Also, given the nature of yard sales (and the history of last year), it is probable that many individual households will not decide to participate until just a day or two before the sale dates.  The best option for buyers is to locate a participating county and then just head down the road.

IMPORTANT:  Please note that all sales are subject to local laws.  Also, no one is to set-up, sell, nor park on the state right-of-way at any time.  U.S. 50 is both the Loneliest Road in America and an extremely busy highway.  Safety is a primary concern.  All sellers should allow for parking and everyone should avoid being on the state right-of-way.


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