TERRE HAUTE —
Bargains galore are expected along a 824-mile stretch of U.S. 40 as the annual The Historic National Road Yard Sale begins May 29 and continues through June 2
The National Road runs from St. Louis to Baltimore — through Indiana — and this is the 10th year for the far-reaching bargain market to bring attention to America’s first “super highway.”
A new feature — a scavanger hunt — has been added for the adventurous who want to look for obscure trivia in eastern Indiana and western Ohio. In honor of the event’s 10th anniversary, the scavenger hunt begins at 7 a.m. May 31 and wraps up 33 hours later at 3 p.m. June 1.
The 220-mile scavenger hunt and road rally begins at Old Storefront Antiques in Richmond, Ind., and runs west to Greenfield, Ind., and east to Norwich, Ohio. Prizes include a Longaberger basket with gift items from the Licking County, Ohio, Convention and Visitors Bureau, a gift basket from Johnson’s Lamp Shop in South Vienna, Ohio, and a bed and breakfast getaway in Cambridge City.
In the Wabash Valley, vendors will set up booths on grassy lawns and on downtown sidewalks along U.S. 40 during part or all of the five-day event.
In the past, the Friends of Seelyville community group has encouraged local residents to participate in the yard sale as a fundraiser and to show community spirit.
In neighboring Clay County, several vendors are expected along 40 in the Brazil area. And in Putnam County, some booths are expected in the community of Manhattan.
Yard sale organizer Patricia McDaniel, a resident of Dublin, Ind., has published the Historic National Road Yard Sale Cookbook, which is also available at various businesses and booths along U.S. 40.
McDaniel hesitates to call herself the “president” of the yard sale and says she is not part of the Indiana National Road Association, which promotes tourism and travel along U.S. 40, but she does admit to organizing the yard sale for 10 years.
She has contacted many of the businesses and vendors along the highway who have participated in past yard sales, and she knows the hot spots for bargain hunters. Churches in Plainfield usually have booths set up with restrooms and food sales. Several other churches in communities along the highway have found it to be a good fundraiser to rent table or booth space to vendors who don’t live along the well-traveled route.
McDaniel operates Old Store Front Antiques in Dublin, which is near Richmond, and she uses the business’s website at www.old
storefrontantiques.com as a clearinghouse for information about the yard sale. She has traveled the National Road route through Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Maryland, looking for antique deals and sampling the local cuisine. Rather than compete with traffic and travelers from Memorial Day weekend and the Indianapolis 500, McDaniel has scheduled the yard sale to begin the Wednesday following the holiday.
Anyone wanting more information about the Historic National Road Yard Sale can contact McDaniel via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.