LICKING COUNTY – Columbus residents Ken and Joni Kurovsky spent Friday cruising US 40, stopping at many of the countless yard sales between Columbus and Zanesville. They weren’t looking for anything in particular. “Whatever catches our eye,” said Ken.
Carole Turner hoped something she was selling would catch their eyes. “I’m anxious; I’m excited,” she said. It was Turner’s first time as a vendor. She was set up next to Bud’s Produce in Jacksontown. “This is a perfect spot,” she said.
Saturday was advertised as the main day for the annual National Road Yard Sale event, but people set up shop along the historic road as early as May 27. Turner said she bought most of her stock at other yard sales for resale. She said she cleared out someone else’s yard sale a few years ago and was eager to sell the merchandise. Turner enjoys talking to all the shoppers. “I love it; it’s been fun for me,” she said.
Sisters Anna Pierson and Patty Price hoped to do better than the $1,300 they made at last year’s event. The sisters loaded an RV with sale items, mostly acquired from estate sales, said Pierson. They had a nice spot in a parking lot in downtown Hebron where people perused lines of tables stacked with sale items.
“We still ain’t got all of it out yet,” said Price.
Pierson said she and her sister participate every year and are starting to recognize some of the shoppers. “People have a ball when they have the sale,” she said.
Licking County Commissioner Doug Smith said this was most successful US 40 yard sale ever. “Although the actual numbers are hard to gauge, the crowds this year were obviously the largest in the history of the National Road Yard Sale, from Wednesday through Sunday,” he said.
The peripheral benefits for businesses in these communities are hard to measure, said Smith, but, “Hebron was absolutely packed at 9 a.m. Saturday, with parking spaces along Main Street at a premium. That says it all!”
Smith guessed that Saturday’s crowd size topped all because there were more individual sales open for business that day. Friday and Sunday also saw strong sales. Smith said Licking County is typically at the top of the event across Ohio, in terms of the numbers of sellers and buyers. “From the several dealers I’ve spoken to, they feel it was successful,” he said.
“People brought money and they were apparently willing to part with it. In all, a good event!”