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Town Wide Yard Sales

By Ben Crookshanks

BUCKHANNON YARD SALE–Yard sales are fun because you never know what you will find. Last year a lady bought an original Jackson Pollock painting for next to nothing at a yard sale. It turned out to be worth thousands. Most of us don’t get that lucky, but yard sales are still fun. I know you’ve seen two-family, three-family, and four-family yard sales, but what about a whole town having a yard sale? That is what Buckhannon, a small town with a population of about 6,000, in Upshur county does each August. They hold the biggest yard sale in the whole state. It works like this: You pay a fee and fill out a registration form giving directions to your house (yard?) using the Upshur County Courthouse as the starting point. Then the Buckhannon-Upshur Chamber of Commerce and Convention & Visitors will put your yard sale on a map. You are also given a sign to display in your yard for the three days of the sale. All who participate agree to release the Chamber and CVB from responsibility for any accidents that may occur on their property during the sale. Listing is limited to the first 100 registrants. By the time you read this, the June 25th deadline for registering will be up. Still, there is no limit on the number of people who can wander around the town and check out the yard sales. All you need to do is stop by the Chamber, pick up your map and directions and you are in business. The date this year is August 12th through the 14th, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine. Buckhannon is located a few miles east of Interstate-79 on U.S. Route 33. If you have any questions feel free to call the Buckhannon-Upshur Chamber of Commerce at (304) 472-1722. Web site: www.buchamber.com.

Not far from Buckhannon is the Stonewall Jackson Resort State Park. The newest addition to the park is the Arnold Palmer Signature Golf Course, voted one of the 10 best golf courses in the nation. A few miles south on Interstate-79 at Exit 67 is the Flatwoods Factory Outlet Stores featuring dozens of factory outlets. At the same exit is Sister’s Antique Mall, West Virginia’s outstanding multi-dealer antique and collectable mall.

HURRICANE YARD SALE–This will make 14 years the town of Hurricane in Putnam County has held a city-wide yard sale. The date set for this year’s event is Saturday, August 21. Hurricane takes a slightly different approach than Buckhannon. It’s only one day, there is no fee and no limit on how many people can participate. In 2003, there were over 350 locations set up throughout the community. Hours are from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Maps to guide you to the locations are available at City Hall, the Forrest Burdette Methodist Church and at restaurants and service stations at the Hurricane exit of I-64. If you would like more information, contact the City of Hurricane Convention and Visitors Bureau at (304) 562-5896. Web site: www.hurricanewv.com.