The World's Widest Yard Sale has grown, by three states. In 2013, the yard sale ran across Alabama's midsection, the Black Belt, from the Georgia border to the Mississippi.
This year, the yard
sale keeps going, and going, and going - all the way to Mesquite, Texas!
Alabama is joining the Historic U.S. 80 Hi-Way Sale, which already included Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas. The merger forms what could be the longest yard sale in the world.
The two-day event is April
18 and 19.
U.S. 80 was the first coast-to-coast, all-weather highway in the United States. It's a 2,400-mile route that stretches from Savannah, Ga., through the heart of the South, to San Diego, Calif. The Historic U.S. 80 Hi-Way Sale doesn't reach the Pacific Ocean, though. At least not yet.
"Communities all along U.S. Highway 80 are rich in culture,
heritage and hospitality," says Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley. "During the
Historic U.S. 80 Hi-Way Sale, Alabama can share one of its best-kept secrets.
We welcome everyone to visit these unique towns and meet the wonderful people
who live there. Whether you're from another part of the state or another part
of the country, we think you'll enjoy discovering this region while making new
memories along the way."
Since its inception two years ago, the World's Widest Yard
Sale takes bargain hunters from Phenix City near the Georgia state line to York
near the Mississippi border. What makes the yard sale unique is that it takes
in not only the U.S. 80 corridor but other major arteries in the Black Belt as
well, encompassing such cities and towns as Tuskegee, Greenville, Troy, Selma,
Uniontown, Demopolis and Livingston.
Ron Sparks, director of the Alabama Rural Development
Office, introduced the idea of the World's Widest Yard Sale to stimulate the
region's economy as a project of the Alabama Black Belt Commission's Marketing
and Tourism Committee. Growing it to include more of America's Southern region
was always part of his thinking, he says.
"Our goal from the very beginning was to get adjoining
states involved, and this is what we've done with joining the Historic U.S. 80
Hi-Way sale," Sparks says. "We're excited to expand the sale throughout the
Black Belt region and beyond our state's borders and anticipate it to be a
Folding the World's Widest Yard Sale into the Historic U.S.
80 Hi-Way Sale adds scores of cities in
Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas to the hunt for secondhand treasures.
Each state is setting up its own website to promote the sale in its state and
provide information to vendors and shoppers about participating cities and
In Alabama, for more information, go to www.widestyardsale.com.
Information and links to other states' website are available at www.Hwy80sale.net.