Watertown prepares for 25th annual Mile Long Yard Sale

Kimberly Jordan • Dec 17, 2015 at 5:20 PM

The 25th installment of the fall Mile-Long Yard Sale hits the streets of Watertown bright and early Saturday morning.

According to the sale's coordinator, Jim Amero, the sale began with an idea from Jackie Chitwood and the late Nell Kane as a way to showcase the shops in Watertown. What started as a true mile-long yard sale has now taken over the streets for more than two miles in the city.

"There are close to 100 paid vendors this year, and that's not counting church groups, school groups and private yards," Amero said.

Some of the vendors are coming from as far away as Indiana, Kentucky and Atlanta.

"We have one lady from Louisiana coming in," said Amero. "She does little carts that push luggage or coolers."

He mentioned a lady from Gallatin who will bring her selection of "cowgirl boots" as well.

Food will also be in ample supply.

An excursion train from Nashville will arrive midmorning, bringing with it hundreds of shoppers.

"I always tell people not to pass up an item that you like," Amero said. "You should buy it when you see it, because if you pass it up and come back, it may not be there anymore."

Amero also wants visitors to note that on sale day traffic from West Main Street to East Main Street will be one way. Golf carts are permitted, but four wheelers are not.

"Pit bulls and snakes are not permitted," he said. "We have had people in the past bring in snakes around their necks and scare people."

There will also be many private yard sales along Sparta Pike all the way into the city, so organizers warn visitors to prepare for traffic delays.

"Vendors will be ready to go at 7 a.m.," Amero said.

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