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Jennings Sunday: Great U.S. 50 Yard Sale to begin


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The 14th version of a yard sale that started in Jennings county and now stretches more than 3,000 miles coast to coast is this coming weekend.

The Great U.S. 50 Yard Sale, often called the “Nation’s Yard Sale,” is Friday through May 19 along U.S. 50, but there are no set hours.

The event, which passes through 100 counties across the nation, was founded in Jennings County in 2000 as a way to raise money to fund projects at its tourism office.

“Susan Walters, Barbara King and I got together and came up with the idea of throwing a great big garage sale as a way to bring attention to Jennings County,” North Vernon resident Tom Taylor said.

“It just started spreading, and now it just happens every year. It’s a real adventure.”

More than 300 booths are expected to participate in the event in Jennings County.

Taylor, the national coordinator of the Great U.S. 50 Yard Sale, and his assistant Erin Moore call contacts across the nation to encourage participation and make sure everyone is aware of the dates for the annual event. States from Maryland to California have participated.

“Just get in your car and drive down the highway to see what is there. I love this. It’s the ultimate recycling event. People who need money can get it by selling their stuff, and people who want a bargain can find one,” Taylor said.

Booths can be established all along U.S. 50 with only a few restrictions. If the area desired for a booth is on private property, then permission must be obtained from the owner. No booth can be set up on a state right-of-way. There can be no parking on a state right-of-way, and safety should be observed at all times.

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