GREENFIELD — For decades, the stretch of U.S. 40 running through Indiana has been known as “Antique Alley” for the many antiques stores that dot the route from Richmond to Indianapolis.
More recently though, U.S. 40 has been making a name for itself with shopping of a different kind – yard sales.
For the past nine years, the 850-mile stretch of U.S. 40 from Baltimore to St. Louis has played host to the National Road Yard Sale. For several days each summer, the historic route attracts bargain hunters from across the country, many of whom travel large portions of the route looking for bargains and hidden treasures.
For the third year in a row, Greenfield Main Street Inc. wants to make sure yard sale enthusiasts have a reason to stop in Greenfield.
“Everybody has got a basement or garage full of stuff they want to get rid of,” said Greg Cross, co-chair of this year’s sale. “It’s a great opportunity to get it out there and leverage the exposure of the National Road Yard Sale.”
This year’s local sale will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 2, in the middle of the national sale that runs from May 30 to June. 3.
Local organizations, stores and Hancock County residents without property along U.S. 40 are invited to join in the sale by renting a space from Greenfield Main Street.
Premium spaces along the Courthouse Plaza are being sold for $20. Those 39 spots have already started to fill and will be available on a first come, first serve basis.
An additional 20 spots each are available in parking lots along Main Street. Spots are reserved on the south side of Main Street in the lot next to Red Ribbon Antiques and on the north side of the street next to the former Brandywine Steakhouse building, just east of the Lincoln Square Pancake House lot. The charge for a parking lot space is $15.
The day-long event will raise around $1,000 for Greenfield Main Street, a nonprofit that seeks to raise awareness and increase traffic to the downtown area. Organizers say this event helps that mission two-fold: It raises money for future programs and draws traffic downtown.
“By doing this, we bring people downtown and expose people to things they might not know are downtown,” said co-chair Jason Parker.
The proceeds from selling spaces will go toward other events and programs held by Greenfield Main Street, like downtown improvement grants, which assist downtown property owners with improving the facades of their buildings.
The National Road Yard Sale doesn’t just raise money for Greenfield Main Street, however. Many local nonprofits and groups purchase spaces to hold their own fundraisers as well.
Each year, Hancock County Office Professionals purchases a space on the Courthouse lawn to sell donated books, purses and jewelry.
Treasurer Carol Barrett said the group has enjoyed a good turnout and raised as much as $500 toward the scholarship it awards each year.
“It’s a great occurrence for us to raise funds in a one-day affair,” Barrett said. “Lots of people just travel Highway 40 and stop along the way. We get to hear their stories – it’s a fun day.”
For more information, and to reserve a spot in Greenfield Main Street's National Road Yard Sale, visit greenfieldmainstreet.org/yardsale2012 or call (317) 586-8166.