Sue Piper, executive director of the Van Wert County Council on Aging, marks items the agency will sell during this weekend’s Lincoln Highway Buy-Way Yard Sale, which begins Thursday and continues through Saturday.
Sue Piper, executive director of the Van Wert County Council on Aging, marks items the agency will sell during this weekend’s Lincoln Highway Buy-Way Yard Sale, which begins Thursday and continues through Saturday.
By CINDY WOOD

Times Bulletin Editor

cwood@timesbulletin.com

It has been said many, many times, and in the world of garage sales, yard sales or "highway" sales, it rings true.

The early bird does in fact get the worm - or in this case that cute little salt & pepper set, or that to-die-for latch hook wall hanging, or that Swiss Army knife that would be the perfect gift for little Joey.

Yes, it's time for the Lincoln Highway Buy-Way Yard Sale, a bargain-hunter's bonanza that will bring plenty of visitors to the area.

The Lincoln Highway Buy-Way Yard Sale, held in Ohio and Indiana, will feature lots of sales right here in the county. According to Larry Webb, who is helping to organize the sale in Van Wert County, residents here enjoyed one of the highest participations rates last year - and this year should be even better.

"Last year, we had 93 sales just in Van Wert County and pretty close to 400 across the state," Webb said. "I'll be really surprised if we don't double that both ways."

Last weekend's U.S. 127 sale also went well, Webb said, with close to 50 sales occurring in the county. "We had a great turn-out for that, considering it was the first year, and I think we'll do a lot better this weekend."

The sale runs Thursday through Saturday and covers Ohio and Indiana and is highly anticipated among those looking for some serious bargains. "It's kind of a win-win situation for everybody involved," Webb said. "It brings people to our communities and people can make some money at the same time."

Larry Lee, executive director of the Van Wert Area Convention & Visitor's Bureau, has been busy this week fielding calls from people interested in the sale. "I'm expecting a good showing," he said. "I've had a lot of phone calls in the last three days from people who want to know the route of the sales, and these calls are from people not only in Ohio."

Lee added that several churches will set up food booths, and sell merchandise as well, along with numerous residents who will offer items for sale to the many visitors to the area this weekend.

The Van Wert post office will also participate by offering a special postal cancellation (more information on page A3 today). Yard-salers can also participate in a statewide scavenger hunt that offers three winners "free things to do for a year" and can also collect a set of 11 glass freezer mugs from various drive-ins and restaurants across the state.

Locally, the Van-Del Drive-in will participate again by hosting a flea market throughout the sale.

Van Wert is planning a community-wide yard sale and cruise-in that will include many merchants' sidewalk sales, with a special concert on Friday night featuring Phil Dirt & the Dozers.

The Lincoln Highway Car Show will take place from 6-10 p.m. Friday on Jefferson St. by Fountain Park.

Mike Hocker, executive director of the Ohio Lincoln Highway Historic Byway organization, said organizers are preparing for a tremendous weekend. "We think it's going to be a much larger event this second year," Hocker said, adding that the Lincoln Highway Historic Byway website is updated daily for group sale locations, mugs, special postal cancellation post offices, yard sale tips and breaking information.

For more information on the statewide event, call 419-468-6773.