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Great U.S. 50 Yard Sale Begins Friday
Updated May 17, 2016 5:20 PM
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(UNDATED) - The seventeenth annual Great U.S. 50 Yard Sale will be held Friday-Sunday, May 20-22.  

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 in

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.

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.

The National Coordinator for the U.S. 50 Yard Sale is Tom Taylor of North Vernon, Indiana - totaylor@seidata.com  While the sale is still in its infancy, last year's experience showed if you build it, they will come.  A key to making this sale a success is to let people know it exists.  Please forward the  www.route50.com site to friends.



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