Watertown’s mile-long event remains one big yard sale

One of the crown jewels of Watertown is about a month away, as the Mile-Long Yard Sale celebrates its 26th year.
Mar 14, 2014

One of the crown jewels of Watertown is about a month away, as the Mile-Long Yard Sale celebrates its 26th year. 

The spring version of the popular event will be April 26.

Jim Amero, owner of Jim’s Antiques on the Watertown Square, organizes the event each year and is already seeing interest from vendors.

“I’ve gotten back two dozen applications for the yard sale already, and we are advertising in a 300-mile radius,” he said.

For first-time visitors, Amero said there is always something to see. The sale, which runs the length of the two-mile stretch of Main Street, is home to at least 100 paid vendors each year “not counting private yards, church groups and other nonprofits,” said Amero.

The yard sale has become a bit of a destination for some, as Amero said he has had visitors from Indiana, as well as Louisiana. He said there are many people who love Watertown but just come in for the yard sale.

“We have become a destination again. We have half a dozen antique and specialty shops here on the square. It makes a trip worthwhile, plus the restaurants here in town.”

The Watertown Chamber of Commerce sponsors the sale, and due to its popularity, Amero said spots fill up quickly.

“Come see me within the next couple weeks to get a good spot,” he said.

So what can a person expect when they visit the sale? Amero said there is something for the novice and the serious collector.

People come and look for stuff they didn’t know they wanted,” he said.

As is always a factor during yard sale time, Mother Nature can play her part. But Amero is thinking ahead.

“I’ve already put my order in for good weather.”

For information on booth space or other information, call Amero at 615-237-1777.

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