It’s yard sale season again.
And there’s a spectacular way to kick it off in a really big way.
The 18th Annual Great U.S. 50 Yard Sale kicks off today through Sunday and offers enthusiasts literally miles (and miles) of foraging fun.
It’s billed as the longest yard sale in the country since this familiar road is approximately 3,000 miles long and passes through 12 state as it stretches from coast to coast.
Organizers say the increasingly popular event began in Indiana but now features locations across the nation including some in West Virginia.
Some make it a community event, but individuals are also a big part of the sale. Homes and businesses along the route participate, as well as charitable organizations seeking a fundraiser.
There’s really only one hard, fast rule: Yard sale locations must be set up along or near Route 50.
In West Virginia that means folks will see a variety of towns and terrain as they travel through places like Clarksburg, Pruntytown and into Mineral County seeking treasures.
Downtown Clarksburg will be a center of yard sale activity as Progressive Women’s Association members and 25 other vendors display their wares at the Harrison County Courthouse Plaza. City officials have also closed South Third Street, between West Main Street and Washington Avenue, for the sale.
Liberty High School Future Farmers Of America members will be selling plants.
Although it is her non-profit group’s first time to participate, organizer Tammy Gragg said she is excited about the sale and being part of making history. Sale hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Hot dogs, popcorn and cold drinks will be available.
“I mean this coast to coast highway sale is a big deal in a lot of ways. I also like the fact that it helps invite people to come into our state, so it is helping boost tourism,” she said.
“And I know that first hand because I’ve already gotten calls from people looking to visit West Virginia for the sale, and also wanting to know what else they can do here.”
Some yard sales will be held in the Taylor County communities of Pruntytown and Fetterman near the Tygart River bridge, said Anna Jarvis Museum Coordinator Olive Ricketts.
Further east, Mineral County Historical Foundation members rely on the yard sale as a fundraiser for restoring a local landmark.
The Old Stone House, which has also been known as “Travelers Rest,” is located between Keyser and Burlington.
Yard sale vendors will be on site from Friday through Sunday, and indoor sale hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. while outside sales will begin at 7 a.m. and run until dark.
It usually attracts several vendors selling a variety of items including antiques and glassware.