Longest Yard Sale returning to Butler County: What to know

The U.S. 127 yard sale, known as the world's longest yard sale, is going on August 1-4, 2019 along U.S. 127 that runs from Michigan to Alabama. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

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The U.S. 127 yard sale, known as the world's longest yard sale, is going on August 1-4, 2019 along U.S. 127 that runs from Michigan to Alabama. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

Credit: Nicholas S. Graham

Credit: Nicholas S. Graham

For lovers of yard sales, Interstate 75 will not be the main north-south highway through Greater Cincinnati the first weekend of August. Instead, the more modest U.S. 127 will be the route to travel for bargains.

The 127 Yard Sale — also known as the World’s Longest Yard Sale — was founded in 1987 by a Tennessee county executive and crosses six states: Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama. The original idea behind the sale was to encourage people to bypass interstate highways, like I-75, and experience more scenic highways and the charm of small towns they link.

Frank Downie, chairman of PROTOCOL (People Reaching Out To Others; Celebrate Our Lindenwald), the association representing Hamilton’s most populous neighborhood, said he isn’t familiar with participation rates in other states along U.S. 127′s 690 miles from Addison, Mich., to Gadsden, Ala.

“But I’d say we are well represented in it,” Downie said.

During the sale, “A lot of people rent out spaces in their front yard, or do it themselves,” Downie said. “A lot of people will advertise on Facebook or something, they’re only a block off of it. Visit us while you’re coming down.”

Once again this year, one bustling center of activity for the sale will be the parking lot of Lindenwald United Methodist Church at 3501 Pleasant Avenue, where the church will be renting out parking spaces to sellers.

“We are renting out spaces that are three car-widths wide,” said Dick Begley, a member of that church’s congregation who is handling the rentals. “We have about 40 sites to rent.”

“The proceeds go to the Methodist Men organization to deal with a series of outreach ministries,” Begley said. “We allocate some of the proceeds to go to the youth program. We’ve done it for several years and have been quite successful, and are anxious to do it again.”

The church rents those spaces at a rate of $75 for all three days of Aug. 6, 7 and 8, a Thursday through Saturday.

If all three days are difficult for a seller, the church will rent a space for two days, at $50. The church’s yard-sale operation will start 8 a.m. Thursday and end at 7 p.m. Saturday.

People interested in renting can call the church at 513-860-1933.

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