400 Mile Yard Sale Brings Shoppers From Far and Wide

Jun 5, 2014

Wayne Wade keeps an eye on his customers and on Highway 68 in the background during the first morning of the 400 Mile Sale.
Credit Joe Corcoran photo

The next four days are a bargain hunter's dream as the 11th annual "400 Mile Sale" returns to the Commonwealth. It's Kentucky's yard sale, stretching along Highway 68 from Maysville to Paducah and into western Tennessee, and giving people a chance to show off their trash and treasures to anyone and everyone willing to stop and look.

This is the fourth year Wayne Wade has set up shop at his friend's yard in Warren County. He says he likes the spot since it's under two big trees that give them shade from the sun and cover from the rain.

"You'd be surprised what people will buy," he says. "I have a lot of kid's stuff since I have a small child. That goes, clothes are popular, antiques--everybody stops so you can sell anything in the world you want to."

The Bowling Green Area Convention & Visitors Bureau says, in previous years, visitors have traveled from more than 500 cities, 36 states and four countries to check out the sales. Executive Director Vicki Fitch says this year buses from as far away as Iowa and Pennsylvania will be bringing groups to the city.

Wayne Wade hopes they'll stop by his sale.

"We're in it for the long haul," he said. "I've been here since 5:00 this morning to set up and we won't shut it down until Sunday evening. I get to hang out with friends and their families so it doesn't cost me anything to set up and you can make a little money on the side too."