Vicki Hatcher and her husband always had wanted to drive Route 66.
“So when we saw this yard sale on Facebook we made plans to come,” Hatcher texted Friday night.
They drove all the way from Alabama!
“We don’t have any family here so we really don’t know our way around,” she admitted. But after spending the night in Rolla, they were heading west on The Mother Road Saturday morning looking for “some good finds.”
So were hundreds of other bargain-hunters who drove up and down Route 66 in Pulaski, Laclede and Webster counties for the second annual Route 66 Yard Sale: 100 Miles of Treasures on The Mother Road.
Fifty-two sellers had announced their sales on the “Route 66 Yardsale” (no space between “yard” and “sale”) Facebook page. Sellers in garages reported good sales Friday despite the rain. Everyone seemed to have traffic Saturday.
“We did great yesterday,” Neda Walters of Waynesville said. “Better than last year.”
Walters and friends had two garages filled with antiques, craft items and do-it-yourself projects, plus their own parking lot at the top of a hill. One of them directed traffic up and down a narrow, sometimes-congested driveway.
“We were so excited for this (year's sale) that we planned this for a year,” Walters said. “We love it.”
Rain didn’t stop Alicia Bostaph from having a successful sale Friday because her dad, David, had a tarp above their tables at a four-family sale at 26555 Highway 17/Route 66 in Buckhorn.
“It’s really good today,” David Bostaph said Saturday morning. “A lot of people coming and going today.”
Mike and Sharon Assel had their tables set up Saturday morning at Click’s Route 66 General Store, just inside Pulaski County’s west border, after being rained out Friday.
“We’ve been busy,” Mike said. “We’ve had lots of people. It’s worked out well.”
Barb Redburn’s sale was just north of Route 66 on Lebanon’s South Washington Street. She said 60 percent of the merchandise was sold Friday, and the family brought in new merchandise Saturday morning. They barely had the items unloaded before buyers were on the scene.
“We did really good,” Redburn said. “We were really surprised at the turnout. We were really pleased with it.”
The Route 66 Yard Sale was sponsored by the Lebanon-Laclede County Route 66 Society, the Webster County Route 66 Initiative and the Waynesville St. Robert Chamber of Commerce. Committee members were Jill Phillips of Webster County, Cecilia Horne of Pulaski County and Gary Sosniecki of Laclede County.