U.S. 25 yard sale brings in shoppers, even Gumby

-A A +A
By Jamie Baker-Nantz

They came, they saw and they bought.
That’s what Judy Wigginton had in mind when she organized the U.S. 25 yard sale held last weekend.
Several yard sales dotted lawns and parking lots throughout the county, and in surrounding states.
Tyler Tolle, of Williamstown, found a unique way to grab motorists attention.

Despite heat and humidity on Aug. 16, the first day of the four-day event, he donned a pickle green Gumby costume and waved people into his yard.

“I think this is an awesome idea because it’s right here at home,” said Sherri Tolle.

Wiggington’s idea for a U.S. 25 yard sale that would pass through the middle of Grant County came from the 127 Yard Sale.
When Wiggington, of Williamstown, retired in January, she sought help from Williamstown Mayor Rick Skinner for the project.
The city allowed Wiggington to use an office at the city building and make calls to cities in Kentucky along U.S. 25. The city also provided four banners that were hung on Interstate-75 and printed flyers which Wiggington distributed.

 Susan Clark of Corinth saw one of the flyers and decided to set up a booth. Clark, a regular seller on the 127 sale, rented a space from Bruce’s Grocery in Mason.
She said that business was steady on Thursday.
“There was more traffic than we thought,” she said. “It was a nice, sunny day and it seemed that people were just out enjoying it.”
She said business was good again on Friday.
“With it being the first year for something you don’t know how it will go over, but I think it’s a good idea.”
Wiggington was pleased with the results.
“From what I saw, it went well,” she said. “From the people that I’ve spoken with, people made good money.”

Wiggington said some vendors reported making as much as $1,200 over four days.

“Scott Bruce at Bruce’s Grocery said it helped their business by bringing people in who bought lunch and picked up other items,” Wiggington said.
Her next move is to follow up with other cities in Kentucky to see how they fared.
She also plans to contact cities in Georgia, who may already have a similar event in June.
“If I find out that there’s already one state with an established U.S. 25 yard sale, then we may want to change our date to coincide with theirs,” she said.

Her goal is to extend the sale from Michigan to Florida.
“I was overwhelmed when I saw so many people out on Saturday,” she said. “I wanted it to benefit small businesses in our community and I think it did just that.”