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Buyers and sellers alike are gearing up for what has become known nationwide as one of the best yard sales ever.
The annual U.S. 127 Yard Sale — also known as the World’s Longest Yard Sale and/or the 127 Corridor Sale — officially gets under way Thursday and runs through Sunday. However, some vendors are already plying their wares beside the highway to serve eager buyers.
Shirley Foley, who rents booth spaces at her flea market site just north of the Casey-Russell county line on U.S. 127 south of Dunnville, said on Monday that her uncle, Shearl Atwood, was already set up and serving customers.
Foley said most of the vendors who have rented from her will set their items up today (Wednesday) in anticipation of the four-day sale.
“I’ve got all my spots under shade rented, but there are still room for more outside,” Foley said, adding those spots are a nominal $8 per day with the shaded spots selling for $15 per day.
Foley said she ran a small ad in The Casey County News to rent her spots, which went “like hotcakes.”
“I’ve even got my motor home rented for three nights to someone coming up here from Georgia,” she said.
Foley and her late husband, C.L., who passed away in October 2009, operated a flea market for years. She said C.L. always looked forward to the U.S. 127 Yard Sale, meeting and talking with people from all over the country.
“It was hard to do this last year (after C.L.’s death), but my kids helped me a lot, and this year, I feel better,” she said.
The Central Kentucky AG/EXPO Center is a hotbed of activity for the annual sale. In fact, it’s so busy that Christie Edmiston, the center’s director, has pre-recorded a message saying that all the spots under the shaded pavilion are gone, but there is still plenty of room outside for those who wish to set up.
Blaine Staat, director of the Liberty/Casey County Chamber of Commerce, who works with Edmiston on the annual event, said the large covered and enclosed pavilion can hold 94 18-foot by 18-foot booths. Those rent for $65 for four days.
The outside booths are selling for $35 for all four days, Staat said.
“It’s still a good place to be if you’ve got your own pop-up tent,” he said.
Although the economy isn’t the greatest, and gas prices are high, Staat said he doesn’t think that will have a negative effect upon the 127 Yard Sale.
“I think people will still be out looking for a bargain,” he said. “It may affect those that travel long distances, but this is entertaining too. People still want to be entertained.”
Staat said even in the days of the Great Depression, people were still bargain-hunters, and he believes the times now are no different.
“I think there will still be as many people as we’ve always had,” he said.
The annual U.S. 127 Yard Sale now stretches 675 miles from Hudson, Mich. to Gadsden, Ala., according to the site’s official web site. Its headquarters are in Jamestown, Tenn. at the Fentress County Chamber of Commerce. The event was first held in Kentucky and Tennessee in 1987.