Tuesday, August 14, 2001

World's largest garage sale this week

Corridor Sale is 450 miles long

By Suzanne Yowler
Enquirer contributor

        One of the world's largest garage sales, stretching from Kentucky to Alabama, begins Thursday and runs through Sunday. The 127 Corridor Sale, in its 15th year, begins in MainStrasse Village in Covington and ends 450 miles away in Gadsden, Ala.

        All the permits are in place for the sale on the Sixth Street islands between Philadelphia Street and the railroad trestle, said Donna Kremer, administrative coordinator for the MainStrasse Village Association. The hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day.

  • What: “The World's Longest Outdoor Sale,” 450 miles of items for sale, from sinks to bracelets.
  • When: 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday-Sunday.
  • Where: Starting in Covington's MainStrasse Village, at random spots along U.S. 127 and the Lookout Mountain Parkway through Kentucky, Tennessee and Georgia to Gadsden, Ala.
  • Information: (859) 491-0458.
        “Spots are available on a first-come, first-served basis,” Ms. Kremer said. “It's free to set up, and you need to bring your own supplies such as tables and chairs.”

        Sellers are asked to take no more than 20 feet of space. The sale route starts in MainStrasse, then goes down Pike Street to Dixie Highway in Florence and continues along U.S. 127 to Chattanooga, Tenn. In Chattanooga, it moves to Lookout Mountain Parkway for another 100 miles to Gadsden.

        “This is the 15th year for the sale. It originally started in Tennessee as a way to get people off the expressways and back onto the smaller highways,” Ms. Kremer said.

        Joe Brockmeyer of Dayton, Ky., has traveled the sale for the last several years with his navigator, Jeff Conrad. They have been as far as Tennessee. This year, they plan to travel down Interstate 75, then cross over to 127 and backtrack home.

        “It's quite an adventure,” Mr. Brockmeyer said. “There are 50,000 people out there looking for undiscovered treasure.”

        An antiques dealer who also coordinates estate liquidations, Mr. Brockmeyer keeps an eye out for unusual items such as vintage fans, Coca-Cola memorabilia, Rookwood pottery and old signs.

        “I call it "The Hunt,'” Mr. Brockmeyer said. “You don't have to be rich or poor to shop. They are selling things that cost 5 cents and things that cost $500.”

        Mr. Brockmeyer advised drivers along the route to slow down and pay attention. He said he usually sees four or five car accidents.

        Cincinnati antiques dealer Gary Sieber joined the sale last year for the first time. He traveled the sale to Danville, Ky., on Thursday and set up a booth in MainStrasse Friday through Sunday.

        “There were lots of treasures and bargains,” Mr. Sieber said. “Most people were open to haggling.”

        One of the bests finds Mr. Sieber came across was a set of pool chairs from Old Coney Island. He found the route confusing because there were no signs for the sale outside Covington, and the sellers were scattered in clusters.

        Mr. Sieber estimated 12,000 to 15,000 attended the sale last year at MainStrasse. This year he will have records, marbles, postcards, bats, gloves and sports memorabilia, including Crosley Field items.


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