- Associated Press - Saturday, June 7, 2014

BENTON, Ky. (AP) - The annual 400 Mile Yard Sale is on, with bargain hunters lining U.S. Highway 68 from Maysville to the Marshall County community of Sharpe.

The Paducah Sun reports (https://bit.ly/1oHTVTw) Sharpe resident Ann Lovelace rents her yard space to vendors for the event, which started Thursday and continues through Sunday. Lovelace’s setup includes off-street parking and portable toilets.

Friday found Lovelace observing the visiting vendors and shoppers from the comfort of her front porch.

Lovelace said she’s had vendors from as far south as Florida set up shop in her front yard. She’s met shoppers from as far north as Wisconsin.

“I guess, more or less, we do it for the people,” she said.

Another attraction of the Lovelace yard is barbecue by Tony and Suzy Denson and Tony Denson Jr., of Reidland. On Friday, they made their first sale at 8 a.m.

“It’s the best barbecue we’ve had in a long time,” said Kay Fields, of Kevil. “We will be back.”

Further down the highway is the home of Linda Culp where Homer and Kay Fletcher were selling antiques and collectibles on Friday and Anita Branon had items for sale ranging from clothing to kittens.

Branon said the strangest thing she’s ever sold was a potbelly pig.

One of the favorite parts of the weekend is bartering.

“That’s part of the fun, as long as they’re not insulting,” she said.

Meanwhile, in another yard, Vera Wilson had set up a sale that included costume jewelry, alligator handbags and a 1960s swag lamp.

“My husband calls it junk,” she said. “I call it treasure.”


Information from: The Paducah Sun, https://www.paducahsun.com

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