Fifteenth ANNUAL "GREAT U.S. 50 YARD SALE"
"THE NATION'S YARD SALE"
MAY 16-18, 2014
The fifteenth annual Great U.S. 50 Yard Sale will be held Friday-Sunday, May 16-18, 2014. 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.
SPREAD THE WORD
The National Coordinator for the U.S. 50 Yard Sale is Tom Taylor of North Vernon, Indiana. email@example.com While the sale is still in its infancy, last yearıs 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.
Media outlets are encouraged the include information about the yard sale in their broadcasts/publications. Merchants along U.S. 50 are encouraged to post signs advertising the event. Especially desired would be volunteers willing to receive some flyers via e-mail and then to print and distribute them, either by posting them in a community or having them available as handouts in a shop. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you want some flyers. You do not need permission to spread the word, as all publicity is welcome as a key to the event's success.
COORDINATE A COUNTY
The nature of such a large event requires the need for coordination on a local level. The word coordination is perhaps too large as the person is more of an information source than a coordinator. Businesses, organizations, and individuals set up their own sales and the coordinator really has no responsibility in those areas.
The primary responsibilities of a
County Coordinator are:
1. Help advertise and promote the sale within the county
2. If there are needed decisions relative to local needs, make those decisions. (Examples: U.S. 50 is now a bypass, so a decision is made to follow Old 50. or a small community wishes to have a community-wide yard sale, as opposed to limiting it just to U.S. 50.)
3. Serve as a contact for two groups of people - Those from out of town looking for selling space and locals with space to rent along U.S. 50. (The easiest thing is just to keep a list of those with space to rent, either on a web page or where it can be quickly e-mailed back. The coordinator is not involved in setting prices nor any other aspect of deal making other than just providing information about who is willing to rent space.)
4. Answer e-mailed questions from those seeking information.
5. Contact local law enforcement a week before the sale and ask that they help patrol the route during the sale, particularly factors related to safety.
It is essential that a local coordinator be on e-mail. It would be ideal if the coordinator could have a web page where information could be listed as to known sales sites, contact information for those offering space for rent, hotel/motel information, and restaurant information. This, however, is ideal - not required.
NOTE: IN BECOMING A COORDINATOR, THE INDIVIDUAL AGREES TO HAVE THEIR CONTACTS LISTED ON THE CONNECT-TO-COUNTY LINK ON THE
< WWW.ROUTE50.COM > SITE.
Ideal candidates for county coordinators would be local tourism officials, local newspapers, local radio stations, antique stores, etc. Media are welcome to become a local sponsor and use the event for their own promotional purposes. This stated, we also welcome individual community-spirited citizens who just want to help.
If no coordinator is listed for your county and you want more information about becoming the coordinator, contact < email@example.com >.
The Great U.S. 50 Yard Sale is a perfect opportunity for schools, churches and civic organizations to make money. It can also be coordinated with other community activities into an overall theme.
1. Recycling - Many communities have spring recycling days. The most environmentally friendly type of recycling is for the item to be put to a new use by someone else. If your community has a recycling day, why not schedule it the week after the sale? Rather than taking a working stove to the landfill, try selling it first.
2. Business Promotions - U.S. 50 remains the Main Street of many communities in America. Perhaps the local Chamber of Commerce can encourage sidewalk sales and other promotions during the Great U.S. 50 Yard Sale. Motels and Restaurants can also run special promotions for the sale weekend.
3. The Yard Sale as Fund Raiser - It is likely that there will be out-of-town sellers looking for places to set-up. A school, church, or civic organization can locate a large parking lot or field and set-up space for vendors. This space could be rented out for the weekend. If you gathered enough vendors, you could also charge a small fee for parking or for entry.
(This fee is not taxed or usable for a tax deduction it goes straight to you wallet.)
The Great U.S. 50 Yard Sale is generally free, but most potential buyers would be willing to pay a dollar or two parking/entry fee if they knew there were, say, 100 vendors in one spot. If the local Band Boosters can attract 100 vendors and charge them, say, $30 set-up fee for the weekend, that is $3,000. If 2,000 people visit and pay $2 entry fee each, that is another $4,000. The organization earns $7,000 that weekend. It is less time involvement than a month-long candy sale and 100% of the proceeds stay with the organization.
The money made by the boosters may or may not be taxed before arriving at it's final destination. You may have to check any online tax preparation programs to be completely sure of this.
4. Sowing Seeds - The Great U.S. 50 Yard Sale attracts visitors along a route they might otherwise not travel. Having once visited, it is likely that many will want to return at other times of the year. This is a great opportunity for communities and businesses to have promotional materials available for distribution.
INFO FOR SELLERS
The fun of The Great U.S. 50 Yard Sale is that it can include the sale of anything legal. Each seller is in charge of his/her own sales site. In many ways, the U.S. 50 Yard Sale could best be described as ³regular yard sales, but everybody having them the same day. The following additional information may be helpful-
1. Safety and the Law - All sellers must abide by local laws regarding such sales. All sellers should also consider safety, being particularly careful about providing off- road parking for buyers. No one is allowed to sell, nor park on state right-of-way.
2. Individuals Living Along U.S. 50 - Persons selling in their own yards are not required to do anything (subject to local law) other than arrange their own sale for May 16-18, 2014. As a courtesy, however, it would be nice to contact the County Coordinator so that she/he has some sort of idea of where sales will be located.
3. Businesses - As with individuals, businesses do not need permission to participate in this event, but are encouraged to help promote the U.S. 50 Yard Sale by referring to it by name in any related advertisements. They are also encouraged to inform the County Coordinator of their efforts so that she/he will have that information. Local antique shops are particularly encouraged to coordinate with one another and to help to promote this event.
4. Sellers from Out of Town Needing Space - You are first encouraged to check the Connect-to-County list to find participating areas within your region. Please check this regularly as the list will change weekly all the way up to sale week. You should then contact the appropriate County Coordinator to ask for a list of individuals/clubs/ businesses offering space for rent. You may then directly contact those offering space.
5. Sellers Living Near U.S. 50 - One lesson learned from last year was that many people who lived from a block to a couple miles off U.S. 50 wanted to participate in the sale, but did so by erecting signs such as Yard Sale, Three Blocks South. While persons are welcome to do this, experience shows that many buyers, particularly out-of-town buyers, focus on making a ³straight run² on U.S. 50 and do not go to these side sales. We welcome all sellers - the more sellers to more buyers who will come. This stated, we also believe most sellers will benefit by finding space on U.S. 50.
INFO FOR BUYERS
The nature of this event is such that it is impossible to provide anyone with a list of sales prior to the sale dates. Many sales will be held by individual families in their own yards and they do not need permission of the organizers to participate. The best advice for buyers is to go to the Connect-to-County page. Locate a county that has a coordinator and click the link to that person to ask for information about that countyıs participation. It was this writerıs experience last year (the second year of the sale) to travel a twenty-five mile section of U.S. 50, not knowing what to expect. What was found was 75+ sales, including several sites with multiple vendors. (There was another stretch of about fifteen miles where I found no sales.)
While the sale route will generally follow U.S. 50, it may detour in specific communities to follow the Old Route or for other routes. Where communities make such changes, it is anticipated they will post signs.
Please remember to park safely and never park on state right-of-way.
This list will be updated weekly. For information about becoming a County Coordinator, contact Tom Taylor < firstname.lastname@example.org >. Join the fun, volunteer, and have your community included.
To get more information about The Great U.S. 50 Yard Sale for specific locations,
please click the appropriate link:
For additional exposure, list your garage sale for free at
El Dorado County
Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority
PO Box 5878, Stateline, NV 89449
Phone (775) 588-5900
Bread of Life Christian Fellowship
Contact Becky Melendez
10042 Hwy 50 East
Moundhouse, NV 89706
We are having a Yard Sale, Carnival and a Health and Safety Fair.
We will be having a Bounce House for the children,
Food, Games and a Fun time.
Email: or call (775)-220-9696
For yard sale booth: Call (775) 246-9997
For Health and Safety Fair: email:
Silver Springs Area Chamber of Commerce
Eureka County Economic Development Program
P.O. Box 753, Eureka, NV 89316
Tel: (775)237-5484, Fax (775) 237-5175
Sale will be Saturday May 17, 2013 8AM - 3PM
along Hwy 50 in front of the Courthouse.
White Pine County
Chief Executive Officer
White Pine Chamber of Commerce
636 Aultman Street
Ely, NV 89301
Salida Business Alliance is having a garage sale at Collegiate Peaks Bank
Contact: Vickie Sue Vigil at the Mountain Mail, 539-660
Donated items can be dropped off at Collegiate Peaks Bank
on Friday, May 16th from 5 to 7 pm, or Saturday, May 17 at 7am
Town of Poncha Springs
Clerk/Treasurer - Phone 719-539-6882
The Town of Poncha Springs will be participating..
The sale will be held Saturday, May 17, at Chipeta Park
in conjunction with our annual clean-up day, Arbor Day.
It is a community wide sale and is advertised as such.
8 am to 12 noon
Our Highway 50 yard sale is held in conjunction with the Towns annual clean-up day.
We also hold our Arbor Day tree planting on this day.
Free lunch served in Chipeta Park by Cross Roads Church
Town of Maysville, CO
South Arkansas Landowners Association
Yard Sale at the Red Schoolhouse in Maysville
Right on the South side of Highway 50
Plenty of safe parking off of the highway - kid and pet friendly!
Lodging available - just ask!
You may miss Maysville but you can't miss the Red Schoolhouse!
All proceeds go the the restoration project.
We have GOOD STUFF - Clothing for work and play, Camping, Sports, Hunting.
Furniture, Household, Kitchen. If you want it we'll go home and get it!
For information contact: Michael Meyer
Town of Cotopaxi
Catherine L. Bland
CANON CITY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE "PROSPECTORS"
WILL HOST THE HIGHWAY 50 YARD SALE!
DEPOT PARK at 9th & HWY 50 and possibly
VETERANS PARK ON (HWY 50)
the spaces are limited and are available beginning March 15th
ADDITION TO YARD SALE,.....STOP
BY and enjoy other weekend activities which will be posted as they are being
FLASHBACK MAIN ST. SOCK HOP FREE! - FRIDAY NIGHT - CONTESTS/PRIZES
ROYAL GORGE BRIDGE AND PARK WILL BE OPENED featuring the amazing
"suspended" bridge over the Arkansas!
CONTACT: DEE STUBBS for Hwy 50 Yard Sale 719-275-6482 after March 15, 2014
OR EMAIL: email@example.com
Presbyterian Women of Penrose
will participate in the great Highway 50 Yardsale indoors this year.
The wind wins! Come on down to the basement!
Our event will take place at Kirkwood Memorial Presbyterian Church
at 5th and Grant in downtown Penrose, CO.
on Friday May 16th & Saturday May 17th from 9 am to 4 pm. (Church is at 10:30 on Sunday)
This will be our 3rd year participating in the Highway 50 Yard Sale.
The proceeds will be used to support the many church functions.
Contact Kathy Eshelman (719-372-3830) firstname.lastname@example.org
Take Highway 50 to Highway 47 (Less than a mile)
to Jerry Murphy Road, north on Jerry Murphy
Enter our neighborhood by taking a right on either Bluestem Blvd. or Candytuft Blvd.
This is our third year participating in the Highway 50 Coast-to-Coast Yard Sale.
WE WILL ONLY BE HAVING SALES ON FRIDAY AND SATURDAY
MAY 16 AND 17
Last year we had over 50 homes participate and expect more this year!
Maps to participating homes are available on our website:
We will also have printed maps available
as you enter the neighborhood on Bluestem and Candytuft Blvd.
If you have questions, email us at UPNA@comcast.net or call 719-250-4609
will have vendors for the US 50 yard sale Friday through Sunday.
The historic Katy Depot, 600 E. Third St. has spaces.
Shop from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.
Directions, 3 blocks north of 50 at Hancock Ave.
Off-street parking is available.
For more information, contact
downtown on Main Street, just a few blocks north of 50 Highway
Several locations on Ohio Avenue
State Fairgrounds, just south of 50 Highway on 65 Highway
Golden Antiques 2513 E Broadway (which is 50 Highway)
Stop and Shop Flea Market
6125 Highway 50, one mile east of Sedalia city limits
For more information, contact
Toby Dorr <email@example.com>
St. Louis County
St. Clair County
City of Lebanon Chamber of Commerce
10th Year Anniversary to a Citywide Spring Yard Sale
221 W. St. Louis St.
Lebanon, IL 62254
The Village of Odin will hold their community-wide yard sale on May 17
in conjunction with the Route 50 Coast to Coast Yard Sale.
Contact: Ruth Uhls at (618)-775-8401 or firstname.lastname@example.org
sales/vendor fair will be held on the property of Lincoln Trail Antiques.
Lincoln Trail Antiques is conveniently located on Route 50.
Spaces are available for rent @ only $10.00 for each 10 ft, accommodating an 8' table.
Vendors/sellers must provide their own tables. Easily access to load/unload.
An old fashioned ice cream
social will also be held on the above property
from noon until we sell out.,
Biscuits and Gravy will be served for breakfast. Sandwiches and other food items
will be available throughout the remainder of the day.
Sponsored by the Odin Renewal/Development Council.
"RUTH UHLS" <Ruth1340@fairpoint.net>
Odin is a small town, but we had 35 vendors at this event last year.
A registration form is available by contacting Ruth Uhls or Lincoln Trail Antiques, 775-8255.
US 50 yard sale county coordinator
ATTENTION RICHLAND COUNTY!
Time is running out but we can still put together some sales along US 50 or Old Route 50.
If you have a yard, parking lot, building, or an unused field, you can rent out a booth space.
if you have 1 or 100's of spaces available please contact me.
You are in control of the terms of usage of your land.
If you have items to sell, or a business or organization to promote and
would like to find space to fit your needs,
Please email me and I will get back to you within 24 hours.
Please put "US 50 Yard Sale" in the subject.
Paula L. McKim
Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce
619 12th St
Lawrenceville, IL 62439
Contact: Beck Allen
1749 US HWY 50 E
BEDFORD, IN 47421
Shyla Beam - Executive Director
Vincennes/Knox County Convention and Visitors Bureau
779 South 6th Street Road
Vincennes, IN 47591
Daviess County & Martin County
102 E. Van Trees Street
Washington, IN 47501
812-254-0480 Ext. 111
collaboration with the US 50 Yard Sale,
Daviess County will be having the Rail Fest on Main Street & Depot Street in Washington,
Heartbeat of Washington Battle of the Bands and Vendor Fair on Main Street
and Wool Fiber Arts Fair at the Conservation Club in Washington.
**Washington Times Herald is offering special advertising for US 50
Yard Sale Participants**
Space Available - Decker's Bakery, corner of U.S. 50 and SW 2nd ST.
Decker's Bakery is willing to let people set up on their lot.
Angle Inn in Washington
will have approx. 10 spaces available for people to
set up booths. The address is 710 W. Natl. Hwy 50.
Yoders Automotive, Corner of US 50 and SW 2nd St, east side of parking lot.
David L. Branneman
Lawrence County Tourism Commission
533 W. Main St.
Mitchell, IN 47446
Phone: 812-849-1090 Cell: 812-583-1081
800-798-0769 Fax: 812-849-0168
Jackson County Visitor Center
100 N. Broadway Street
Seymour, IN 47274
Toll free 1-888-524-1914
Lions Club, Brownstown, IN
has has FISH FRY in conjunction with the US 50 yard sale
We are at the Jackson County Court House Square,
at approx. 92.7 mile marker
Contact: John Wm. Spurgeon, Sec.
Jennings County Visitors Denter
375 N Hwy 3&7
North Vernon, IN 47265
Rockey Top Truck
100 Space available
six miles west of North Vernon
Katherine Taul (Exec. Dir)
Ripley County Tourist Bureau
220 East U.S. 50, P.O. Box 21
Versailles, IN 47042
Toll Free: 1-888-747-5394
Community of Riverside
Gilday Recreational Complex
3450 Southside Ave (at River Rd)
Cincinnati, OH 45204
City of Milford - City-Wide Yard Sales
Susan Ellerhorst, Assistant to City Manager
745 Center Street, Suite 200
Milford, OH 45150
Highland County Convention Visitors Bureau
Bob Lambert, Director
PO Box 1769
Hillsboro, OH 45133
is a nonprofit youth development organization.
We will hold a yard sale on Friday, 16 and Saturday , 17 May
on our campus at 605 West Main Street in McArthur, OH on US Route 50.
We will sell lots of collectibles, dolls, comic books, wrestling cards,
candles and candle holders, party supplies, and wrapping paper.
Director of Communications
Americorps*VISTA - ReUse Industries
740-698-8200 ext 15
Marietta/Washington County CVB
121 Putnam Stree, Suite 110
Marietta, OH 45750
SATURDAY, MAY 17 9 A.M.-2 P.M.
Howe's Grove Park, Belpre
12x12 space $10
Info. and registration online at
or call 423-8934
Check this Blog: http://us50woodcowv.blogspot.com/
Historic Post Office and Bank of Cairo
304-628-3777 / 888-379-7873
Saturday, May 17
at the Doddridge County Center for Children and Families.
It is located on Old Route 50, approximately 1 mile on the Right from the Smithburg Exit
Contact Melody Glasscock
Phone Number: (304) 873-1149 work or (304) 904-2316 cell
We will be renting space to
vendors. If anyone is interested, the deadline to rent limited INDOOR space
is Friday, May 9, 2014. Outdoor space is also available to rent up to the
day of the event.
Vendors may set up on Friday, May 16, 2014.
Food will be sold by the Doddridge County Family Resource Network the day of the event.
3576 Webster Pike
Grafton, WV 26354
Carol Castle - Space Available
Rt. 1 Box 1196
Rowlesburg, WV 26425
Located on Rt. 50 about 10 miles west of Aurora and 4 miles east of
Cool Springs Park or 26 miles east of Grafton near the Cheat River Bridge.
Linda & Frank Roleff
Mineral County Historical Foundation
Historic Old Stone House "Traveller's Rest"
near Burlington, WV on Rt. 50 (large parking lot)
Hampshire County Convention & Visitors Bureau
426 E Main St, Romney WV 26757
Phone: 1-304 822 7477
Rosanna Funiciello Smith
Bella Villa - Furnishings & Accessories
"Treasurers on the Turnpike"
39478 John Mosby Hwy (Rt 50), Aldie, VA 20115
Telephone: (703) 327-5313
District of Columbia
Lorrain Z. Cooper
Garrett County Chamber of Commerce
14 Visitors Cent Drive
McHenry, MD 21541
Prince Georges County
Anne Arundel County
Anne's County &
US 50 @ Rt. 213
Saturday only, 8:00 AM-12:00
Contact: Becky Fauver
Saturday & Sunday
Weekend flea market held in a large city parking lot at the
corner of Rt. 13 & Rt. 50 in Downtown Salisbury, Maryland.
Spaces are $10 a day, mention the Rt. 50 Yard Sale and get a space for $5
Please bring your own table.
I have been there. Great Place!
We have a Web site www.parkandflea.com
San Francisco Lake Tahoe Interior Example
If you are planning your own
journey from Coast to Coast,
or even a shorter road trip, why not take a break during
your travels and stay in a luxury rental at a timeshare resort.
Available in various cities along US Route 50,
timeshare rentals are a great alternative to standard hotels.
After all, why rent a hotel room night after night when you can rent
an apartment equipped with a kitchen and private bedrooms for the same price?
This page is linked to US 50 Coast to Coast Travel Site.