National Road Yard Sale set for its 12th year

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Get ready for the thrill of the hunt. The 12th annual Historic National Road Yard Sale Days event starts Wednesday and ends Sunday.

The dawn-to-dusk sale spans more than 800 miles of U.S. 40, from Baltimore to St. Louis, and always starts the Wednesday after Memorial Day.

"We are hoping for weather like (Sunday's)," Patricia McDaniel said Sunday night. She coordinates the Historic National Road Yard Sale Days with help from Donna Tauber of Spiceland, Indiana.

"We enjoy seeing people enjoy U.S. 40," McDaniel told the Palladium-Item of Richmond.

McDaniel said the area from Indianapolis to Ohio is ideal for the sale because of the four-lane road and towns every few miles.

"People have just been so supportive and so wonderful," McDaniel said.

Centerville has been a high point because of strong participation in previous years, McDaniel said.

She said the Centerville Church of the Nazarene at 7181 U.S. 40 has been a popular stop because of its homemade food, playground for kids and high number of vendor spaces.

McDaniel developed the idea for a U.S. 40 yard sale since she owns The Old Storefront antique and vintage store along the National Road in the Indiana town of Dublin, about 55 miles east of Indianapolis.

In addition to residents participating along U.S. 40 or putting up signs directing folks off the highway to their homes, some community groups such as churches, civic organizations and schools usually organize their own sales.

Items available along the route usually include antiques, collectibles, furniture, garden produce, toys, clothes and household goods.

McDaniel suggests those interested in selling items should contact their local tourism bureau, Chamber of Commerce or churches along U.S. 40 to see where they might be able to rent a space.

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