2014 marks the tenth year for the Ohio Lincoln Highway BUY-WAY Yard Sale. This year’s sale dates are Thursday, August 7, Friday, August 8 and Saturday, August 9.
“We began with just 250 sales across the State, and now have more than 1,200 sales from East Liverpool to the Indiana line in the west, so there’s surely something for everybody,” said Mike Hocker, executive director of Ohio’s Lincoln Highway Historic Buy-way.
Hocker noted that the 1,200 figure has been steady for the past three or four years and group sales count as one. Adjacent states like Pennsylvania, Indiana, Illinois and Iowa will also have sales.
Four years ago Hocker’s organization did a traffic count during the sale days; the event doubled the amount of traffic normally on the road. Organizers will a similar count this year. Another consideration is the revenue from gas, lodging and dining that travelers bring to the State of Ohio. Hocker estimated it is $10-15 million across the corridor from one end of the state to the other, not counting the yard sales themselves.
If you have never ventured out for the yard sales, it can be quite an experience. Traveling along the road, drivers will see Ohio history, as well as nostalgic sites. The highway is also scenic, boasting the various geography of Ohio — from the plains of the western part of the state, to the rolling hills in the east, small towns some larger cities.
Hocker noted the event serves to educate travellers about the Lincoln Highway. It is America’s first coast-to-coast paved road, connecting New York to San Francisco after its completion in 1913. It went through Galion at one time (via what is now State Route 309), for as long as the most recent incarnation of the road has existed (now County Road 330).
There are multiple routes for drivers to choose from while travelling the route of the sale. Galion will be competing with neighboring communities to bring in visitors, and this year Galion is rising to the challenge.
Community sales will be held at the Big Four Depot and at the First Lutheran Church. There is also talk of Uptowne businesses doing a coordinated sidewalk sale.
Sale hours at the Depot are 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. all three days. All vendors will be set up outside, rain or shine. No inside tours of the building will be offered. The Depot sale will have food vendors, arts and crafts and yard-sale deals of all kinds. t is hosted by the Friends of the Depot. Carol Kable, a member of the organization, said they are still looking for vendors. To register, call her at (419) 468-2944. Cost is $15 per day or $30 for all three days.
First Lutheran Church, 127 South Columbus St., will celebrate its fourth year of participating. Its sale is open Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Saturday will be $1 Bag Day. A free breakfast will be served from 9 until 11 a.m. Free lemonade and coffee available all three days. Denise Grandy, organizer for the sale, explained it is done as a fundraiser for the church’s ministries. They have received a good response each year and hope for another great turnout. The church relies on donations; please drop off items at the church. All items accepted but electronics and appliances.
There will be a tour bus coming from the Pittsburgh area to stop Saturday morning at the yard sales in Galion.
For those interested in having a yard sale, Hocker advises to get as close to the Lincoln corridor as possible and consider doing community sales opposed to individual sales. He also recommends buying an official yard sale sign from local a hardware or retail store to help drivers spot sales.
Visit the Lincoln Highway website at www.historicbyway.com for more information. You may also list your sale or use the search database to find sales, and even book hotel rooms.