By Adam Armour/The Itawamba County Times
Bargain hunting is typically a lot of work.
First, the hunter usually has to wake up at the crack of dawn, drive all over town trying to spot those tiny signs that read “yard sale” taped to the side of light poles or planted approximately a foot from the ground and then hope the sale itself contains something – perhaps just one special item – that made the journey worthwhile.
But, for one weekend in the fall of each year, bargain hunters are given a break; a chance to seek all the treasures they can carry without the hassle of searching for hidden locations buried deep within the heart of the county. Instead, bargain hunters will find hundreds, even thousands of yard and garage sales all neatly aligned along Highway 25.
Scheduled for Friday and Saturday, Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, Trash and Treasures Along the Tenn-Tom is a 234-mile yard sale that covers nearly 20 communities in three states.
Itawamba County residents who don’t feel like traveling hundreds of miles hunting bargains are in luck; last year, dozens of local residents set up stands or opened their garage doors to participate in the event and this year should be much the same.
“I definitely believe we’ll have a lot of participation in our area this year,” said Kim Graham, Community Development Director for the Itawamba County Development Council. Although there is no fee or sign up necessary to participate in the event – all that’s needed is a piece of property along Highway 25 – Graham said she’s received a lot questions about the event.
“People have been calling for the last couple of months in anticipation of this event,” she said. “We invite anyone who has a home or business along Highway 25 to set up or invite friends to come over and set up.”
The event has steadily increased in popularity during its short, four-year lifespan. Graham said this isn’t surprising as it represents an all-around good opportunity for every party involved.
“It really serves two purposes for the seller: Cleans out the house and makes some money. ” she said. “It’s great for the people holding the sales because they know they’re going to have good traffic all day long on both Friday and Saturday.”
Graham added that the event represents the perfect opportunity for churches and civic groups to raise money.
For participating communities like Fulton, the event also helps promote the area and drive a little local business.
“It definitely brings people into our area,” Graham said. “Hopefully, those people will spend money on gas and food while they are here.”
Graham added that some local businesses are opening up spaces for rent to sellers who want to participate in the massive yard sale, but don’t own property along the highway. For instance. there are the owners of the former Walton’s Greenhouse location (near Walmart in Fulton) have 24 open spaces that can be reserved. Those interested should call 862-3399.
The event originated as a project of the Tishomingo County Tourism Council, and the 234-mile route begins north of Iuka at the Tennessee state line.
As it goes through Iuka locations for yard sale setups veer off to U.S. 72 and Burnsville.
Continuing south from Fulton, the route goes through downtown Aberdeen before proceeding on all the way to Demopolis, Ala.
For more information on the Trash and Treasures Along the Tenn-Tom 234 mile yard sale, call 1-800-457-9739 or contact Kim Graham at 862-4571.