Originally created 06/12/04

Georgia yard sale stretches 50 miles

DOUGLAS, Ga. - Hundreds of vendors lined up along U.S. Highway 441 on Friday for the latest many-mile yard sale, running from Pearson to McRae in south Georgia.

"We've got furniture, new and used, clothing, arts and crafts, food, plants, produce, tools and junk," said Ronnie McClendon, the organizer of the 50-mile 441 Treasure Hunt, which runs through Sunday.

The treasure hunt is patterned after another many-mile event, the 450-mile Yard Sale, which marked its 16th year in August. It runs from Noccalula Falls in Gadsden, Ala., to Covington, Ky.

Mr. McClendon said he expects the event to generate about $500,000 during the three days.

"Yard sales are real big. Flea markets are real big," he said. "This puts money in people's hands who need it. There'll be people coming specifically for the yard sale, and there'll also be casual travelers."

Mr. McClendon said vendors gathered at "hot spots" along the way. Douglas merchants supported the effort with sidewalk sales and merchants in other towns planned to take part, he said.

Mr. McClendon said he hopes to extend the treasure hunt over the entire length of U.S. Highway 441 in Georgia next year, a distance of about 320 miles.


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