'Michigan's Longest Yard Sale' brings in tourism to southwest Michigan this weekend
Michigan’s Longest Garage Sale kicks off Friday. Since 2003, the annual US-12 garage sale has stretched more than 200 miles of the highway across Southern Michigan.
Each second weekend of August, thousands come out to visit yard sales across communities from New Buffalo to Detroit.
From Friday through Sunday, you can visit a variety of businesses and communities along the historic trail.
Over the past 19 years, the sale has helped people get out in the community, not only to purchase goods, buy from local art vendors, farmers and see some live entertainment and other attractions.
Project Coordinator of the US-12 Heritage Trail, Kris Martin, says the event draws people into southwest Michigan from all across the region.
“We do have a lot people from in-state travelling," said Martin. “We also have people reach out from Ohio, Indiana and Illinois that do reach out to me and ask for any tips. People sell everything from cars to RVs to motorcycles to various antiques, artwear, clothing, kids’ goods. There’s a wide list on our website. You can actually sort by product on your sale or by town or by community."
The three-day sale brings business to local vendors, communities, non-profits and historical groups. Martin says the sale has grown in its nineteen years and helps communities along the way.
“A lot of communities and non-profits or historical groups will actually rent space, too,” said Martin. “So, it really helps a lot of businesses along the route as well. Not only does it draw people out for that, we also like to tie in supporting the local economy, supporting local restaurants, or staying at bed and breakfasts or hotels. Some people even camp and stay in an RV.”
If you’re planning on coming out, keep in mind that most vendors take cash.
Martin wants to remind visitors to be safe. If you feel sick, you’re encouraged to send a friend out to shop for you.
While driving, be mindful along the highway and make sure you park safely when stopping at each spot.