Tribune-Courier News Editor
Vendors will be peddling their wares Thursday through Sunday all along U.S. 68 in Kentucky and through Marshall County with the return of the 400-Mile Yard Sale.
Debby Spencer, president of We Make Things Happen, said her company developed the sale to get motorists off interstates and parkways and back into rural communities to showcase attractions and communities themselves. 2013 marks the 10th year of operation for the 400-Mile Yard Sale.
“We’ve had requests for information about the sale from 37 states and Canada this year,” Spencer said.
Spencer said the sale has become an annual event for many families. Some use it as an anniversary trip or birthday get-away.
“Some yard sales have said they have had 800 customers, which is more than the population of some communities. It gives a chance for people to shop for unique items,” Spencer said. “This year, we are expecting busses from West Virginia and Pennsylvania. It’s a way for people to see other attractions beyond shopping.”
Plans are in the works to bring buses from Ohio to begin tours in Marshall County. Spencer said the yard sale has expanded off the route of U.S. 68 to include peddlers in the Murray and Hazel areas.
“Communities like Aurora, Draffenville and Cadiz have done a phenomenal job of supporting the sale,” Spencer said. “We need everyone to set up their yard sales to keep people coming.”
Spencer said vendors can post information about their wares on the website www.400mile.com. Visitors to sales can find more information on the site.
“During these four days, traffic increases dramatically along U.S. 68,” Randy Newcomb, Marshall County tourism director, said. “It brings quite a few people to the area and that is a benefit to us.”
Newcomb said the sale is always a boon for tourism, and he is anticipating more visitors in the county.
“We hope we will have some good yard sales, and visitors will stop at our restaurants and other businesses and spend their money,” Newcomb said.