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Deals abound for early birds

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Thousands get jump on 127 yard sale

By BEN CARLSON

The annual 127 Yard Sale is supposed to kick off Thursday, but don’t try telling that to the thousands of visitors and dozens of vendors who flocked last weekend to Eagle Lake Convention Center.

“We had a lot of vendors that wanted to come in a weekend early and set up,” said Eagle Lake owner Brad Smith. “We had a pretty fair turnout of mostly local shoppers who wanted to get out early and shop before the big crowds show up.

“By Thursday when it starts for real, it will be crazy.”

Billed as the world’s longest, the yard sale officially kicks off Thursday and runs through Sunday.

The annual event, which begins in Alabama, extends 675 miles and ends this year in Hudson, Michigan.

The sale draws visitors from all over the country and world willing to wade through every sort of trinket and bobble imaginable.

Smith said the sale never fails to bring in people from far-flung locations. Last weekend he spotted license plates from as far away as Oklahoma, he said.

“It’s mind boggling,” he said. “I’ve seen plates from Hawaii and Alaska.”

Smith said the early start is beneficial to the vendors.

“We had 70 percent of our vendors set up by last Friday,” he said. “A lot of them [by Monday] had already made enough to pay for their booth rental.”

Adequate parking is available at most large yard sale locations but is forbidden along US 127 and its Bypass through Lawrenceburg.

E-mail Ben Carlson at bcarlson@theandersonnews.com.