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Faye Allen and Peggy Kelley had never visited Grant County before last week.
The Batavia, Ohio women spent June 5 wandering through yards in search of bargains as the third annual U.S. 25 yard sale got underway.
“We’re basically looking for whatever we can find, especially a good bargain,” Allen said.
The pair were traveling with their husbands who were in search of fishing equipment.
After checking out the tables and a wagon full of sale items, the couples took a quick tour through the historic Sherman Tavern, which rented spaces as a fundraiser for restoration efforts.
Barbara Brown and Edna Cummins, both members of the Friends of Sherman Tavern, said business had been steady on the opening day of the yard sale.
“We’re seeing a lot of visitors from the Cincinnati area and Owen County,” Brown said.
In addition to the booth rental, the Friends of Sherman Tavern also collected yard sale items to make money for the group and sold homemade cookies and slices of jam cake.
“We said that we’d restore this place one cookie at a time,” Cummins joked.
The U.S. 25 yard sale stretched from Covington to Georgia. It kicked off on June 5 and continued through June 7.
Judy Wiggington, of Williamstown, took the idea from the annual U.S. 127 yard sale, which happens in August.
The weather was picture perfect and a slight breeze ruffled the leaves of the large oak trees in Sherman Tavern’s lawn as Larry Pier of Dry Ridge spied a box of record albums and took time thumbing through the selection.
“This is my first time at this (U.S. 25) yard sale,” Pier said. “I came with my wife. Yard sales are her thing.”
Pier, a native of Wisconsin, has lived in the area four years. He said he wasn’t looking for any particular items, just whatever caught his eye.
“If I find something I like ,I’ll buy it,” he said.
In Grant County’s stretch of U.S. 25, there were spots rented from Crittenden to Corinth.
The mother/daughter duo of Kathy Crowell and Michelle Holder offered handmade memory boards as well as re-purposed vintage items for sale at Grant County Park.
“Sales started out a little slow, but it has definitely picked up,” Holder said.
This was her first time to participate in the U.S. 25 yard sale, but it won’t be her last.
“I thought this would be a great opportunity with people coming through,” Holder said.
The Grant County News Relay For Life team rented spaces at the park as a fundraiser.
This year, there were 30 spots rented over the three-day period, nearly double the amount rented last year.
“We were pleased to see the event growing and hope it continues to get even bigger and we fill the whole park for this event,” said Trisha Dressman, a member of the News’ RFL team.
In Corinth, James Workman set up in front of the Corinth Fire House and had glassware and pottery, including pieces of McCoy and Bybee.
This was Workman’s second year to set up. He planned to man the booth on Thursday only and then to spend the next two days working his way along U.S. 25 to shop.
“People have come and gone today, but it’s been steady,” Workman said. “This is a good thing for the county and every year it gets better.”
The dates of the 2015 U.S. yard sale will be June 4 through June 6.