Setting up for Route 66 Yard Sale

Bill Rader of the Webster County community of Rader sets up his wares on the day before the sale on Kevin Eastburn's property on Route 66 near Phillipsburg.

The three-county Route 66 Yard Sale will be held again next year if all the other sponsoring organizations and media from this year agree to participate, the Lebanon-Laclede County Route 66 Society agreed Tuesday at its monthly board meeting.

“I think it went well, just some things we need to work out,” Route 66 Society President Bill Jones said. “Everyone I talked to liked it. . . . I haven’t heard one negative.”

The Waynesville-St. Robert Chamber of Commerce, which sponsored the event in Pulaski County, already supports doing it again, Route 66 Society board member Gary Sosniecki, who coordinated the yard sale, reported.

Sosniecki credited a Facebook Event page created by the Laclede County Record with generating much of the interest in the sale. He said the page reached 38,465 people in the last 28 days alone.

A special section promoting businesses in Route 66 cities was inserted in the Record and the Marshfield Mail and distributed in bulk to businesses in Pulaski County, which no longer has a general-interest newspaper.

Sosniecki said he has sent questionnaires to yard-sale committee members asking what went well and what needs improvement for next year.

One problem in Laclede County the board discussed was that sellers showed little interest in the free setup sites at Lebanon’s Boswell Park. Only two vendors set up Friday and three on Saturday. Sosniecki said the issue might be that sellers were not allowed to leave their merchandise overnight because of the lack of security.

The purpose of the yard sale was to introduce more people to Route 66. The dates were picked to coincide with the Lebanon Gospel Music Get-Together, which brings an estimated 4,000 persons to the area.

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