Most are buyers, but booth owners have just as much fun

Posted August 9, 2012 at 1:27 pm


While most of the participation in last weekend’s U.S. 127 Sale – “The World’s Longest Yard Sale” – was in the form of shoppers from near and far looking for bargains and interesting finds, the annual sale also has its share of participants who enjoy the event from the other side of the table.

Without the vendors selling their wares all along the 675 mile long route of the 127 Sale, there wouldn’t be a sale at all.

Those selling during the four-day long event that just wrapped up its 25th year, come from all walks of life.

Many work flea markets and other events similar to the 127 Sale year around, making it into a full-time job.

Others only come out for this one event, and while most local vendors stay close to home, some venture out away from Albany and Clinton County to hawk their wares during the 127 Sale.

Some sell food, some offer collectibles and others sell junk while many more sell pieces of art they have created themselves.

One local seller who fits in that last category this year was a first-time vendor who said she was looking to pick up a hobby when her U.S. 127 venture came together.

Brooke Parrish was one local vendor on hand this past weekend who was selling original creations and was working as a vendor for her first 127 Sale experience.

“I decided to pick up a hobby and I was walking through Wal-Mart and saw some of this and thought to myself ‘I think I’ll do that,’” Parrish said Friday morning at her booth location near the intersection of U.S. 127 and Ky. 90 in the Snow Community of Clinton County.

Parrish’s table was filled with handmade jewelry ranging from earrings that were priced for just $3 a pair, to more elaborate pieces such as bracelets and necklaces.

She continued to work on new pieces that would be added to the selection as potential shoppers made their way by her table, many stopping to check out the colorful offerings.

“Everything is handmade – I do a lot of the crocheted wire jewelry,” Parrish said. “The first pieces I made was the crocheted wire, because I already knew how to crochet.”

Parrish, who is an EMT by trade, said she was enjoying meeting new people who were visiting her booth and interacting with the people at the sale.

What she wasn’t enjoying however was the weather conditions on Friday morning that were not only hampering the size of the crowds, but also causing a delay in the time she had been able to get her booth ready that morning.

“It set us back a couple of hours,”Parrish said. “I didn’t get here until about nine o’clock this morning and I decided to just set up in the rain anyway. I’m hoping it quits soon.”

Brooke Parrish worked on new pieces of her handmade jewelry as shoppers made their way past her booth in the Snow Community along the U.S. 127 Sale route this past weekend. It was Parrish’s first experience as a vendor during the World’s Longest Yard Sale.