By JB Clark
FULTON – Yard sale signs peppered the Highway 25 roadside Saturday as north Mississippians participated in the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway’s Trash & Treasures Along the Tenn-Tom.
Barbara Card of Mantachie has shopped in the annual event before but decided to participate this year when an auction house in Tilden announced it would lease a space.
“I haven’t done this before but I have plenty of junk,” she said with a laugh. “It’s going wonderfully. We’ve made a little money and had a lot of folks come through.”
Card set up at the old service station between Fulton and Smithville and said she saw more than 50 people by 8:45 a.m.
The Highway 25 yard sale started at the Pickwick Landing State Park, north of Iuka, and followed the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway all the way to Columbus. It’s now a 234-mile yard sale that covers nearly 20 communities in three states.
Faye Kelton of Red Bay, Ala., and Michelle Kelton of Belmont said they’ve shopped up and down the highway in previous years and were out hunting a good deal Saturday.
“We love it,” Michelle Kelton said. “The main thing I’m proud of is I bought some old wooden window frames for $10 a piece and they’re like $50 each at antique stores. I can’t wait to get them home and hang them up.”
Residents along the highway set up in their yards and garages. Many people who don’t live along the highway rented space or set up the property of friends.
Shanda Wood set her things up on her friend’s land two hundred yards south of the Highway 78 and Highway 25 intersection in Fulton.
“This is the first time we’ve done the Tenn-Tom Trash to Treasures but it’s not the first time we’ve had a sale out here,” Wood said.
“I have gone from a 2,200-square-foot house to a 1,500-square-foot house and we have lots of stuff we have to get rid of.”
She was happy to have sold all of the larger furniture items by 9 a.m.
The event started with the Tishomingo County Tourism Council in 2007, with participants mostly in Tishomingo County but spread into Itawamba, Monroe, Clay and Lowndes counties.