Are you in the market for a coffin, complete with a plastic skeleton? Or maybe a used copy of the hit 1997 film “Titanic” on two VHS tapes?
Perhaps a bench made out of a military rod box would fill that hole in your man cave.
All of that and more can be found this weekend during the annual U.S. 127.
Billed as the world’s longest yard sale, it runs almost 700 miles from Alabama to Michigan along U.S. 127.
It brings people from across the country, with license plates from Illinois and Alabama gracing the highway north of Bryan on Thursday afternoon while another person mentioned being from Phoenix, Arizona.
In Williams County, several locations drew multiple vendors and, by extension, shoppers.
One of these places was at New Hope Community Church in Bryan, which has been renting out space in its parking lot for several years while also selling food.
Cammie Short, kids’ ministry director at New Hope, said the concessions and rental fees will fund missions in Uganda.
“We have been going every year — obviously this year is different,” she said. “We will send money to support an orphanage there.”
This year is much more popular than some previous years.
Short said the church rented out around 12 vendor spots, but one person took up close to half of the parking lot.
“There’s definitely more than last year, if you take into consideration everything (one vendor) has,” she said. “We definitely spread out more because in previous years, we only used this middle section for vendors. We used the entire parking lot this time, trying to leave spaces between vendors and then use the middle for parking.”
The bigger space also brought in bigger crowds.
“It’s been pretty busy; We’ve been steady all day,” Short said on Thursday, adding she thought it was more than usual. “We just really love that we can open up our facility to be welcoming and opening.”
Across the street, next to Anderson-Vreeland, Marilyn Coker set up a sale for the company Relay for Life team.
She said the items were donated by employees of the company and they are accepting a free will donation to benefit Relay. This is the second year they have participated in the sale.
“It’s going very well, people are being generous,” Coker said, adding there has been a bigger crowd that last year. “We didn’t know what to expect.”
Larry and Kathy Olszewski came from Sylvania to find some good bargains on the sale.
Larry had participated in the sale before, but Kathy hadn’t.
“I thought she might enjoy getting out of COVID,” he said.
Kathy said she was hoping to find a nice rocking chair, but hadn’t had any luck on that front.
That didn’t stop her enjoyment of it.
“It’s a beautiful day and it’s nice to be outside in the country,” Kathy said. “We spent 75 cents so far on three things. So, we’re bargain hunters.”
This is the third year Shirley Hoot has helped organize a group of vendors to set up in an empty park on South Defiance Street in West Unity.
She said around 36 vendors are set up there, calling it the best year, yet.
“We’ve got more vendors here than what we had last year,” Hoot said. “Everybody seems to be making money and the weather is beautiful.”
The crowd has been pretty steady with people coming in groups before it slows up a bit until the next round.
The U.S. 127 sale runs through Sunday.