PREBLE COUNTY— From New York to Washington, travelers came from all across the country to Preble County as they looked for their next big antique score during the annual U.S. 127 garage sale, Thursday, Aug. 6 to Saturday, Aug. 8.
Preble County is far from the only place travelers visited as the county took part in the world’s longest yard sale.
According to the official website www.127yardsale.com, the sale is 690 miles long and runs from Addison, Michigan to Gadsden, Alabama. The sale travels through four other states as Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee and Georgia all participate in the sale.
So what is the big deal? Well according to one couple from Columbus, who travels for two days reaching as far south as the Kentucky, Tennessee border, the sale offers a great place to find items for their own vintage store.
Marla and Jeff from Columbus say they look for mostly vintage items and say they had good luck in Preble County. “We found a really cool island made out of old farm table that was really cool; we also found a really cool guy down here that did canning jar hanging lights over the table but the electrical box is made from old Pepsi and Coke crates and five canning jars were the lights.” These are pieces Marla says are perfect for her store.
Local residents also enjoy the shopping, and despite a rainy Thursday, shoppers still battled the pouring rain to find their next item.
Kay, from Eldorado, said the sale is fun tradition for her and her daughter. “We do this every year. We buy so many things, every year we make a list of specific things we are looking for and go out hunting for them,” she said. This year she was looking for antique lace gloves, and her daughter was hunting for a quilt rack.
Kay said the rain wasn’t enough to prevent her and her daughter from shopping, saying the only bad thing about the rain was some vendors were not open because of it.
For vendors, the sale is a great time to set up shop and meet a wide range of people.
Bruce, a vendor set up in Camden who is from Middletown, said not only does he enjoy sitting and making a few bucks, but he really likes meeting people. “We enjoy the people who come through, and all the conversation,” he said. “We had some from New York, and we had a guy from Texas come through, so I enjoy talking to whoever comes through every year.”
Vendors and residents are not the only ones who benefit from the sale, as local business owners say the sale is becoming one of their busiest times of the year. Andy and Ann Satterfield who own White Squirrel Antiques in Eaton said all the downtown events help, but the 127 sales bring out a certain kind of people who are out looking for the deals.
Andy Satterfield said this sale is often the busiest time of the year for the store, and the sale is a big boost for his business every year.
The U.S. 127 sales will come back to Preble County on Aug. 4 through Aug. 7 next year, as vendors and buyers have another year to prepare for the World’s Longest Yard Sale.
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