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Dublin is epicenter of multi-state yard sale

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The annual yard sale helps Michael Webb, shown, and his wife, Jean, make ends meet. He specializes in small machinery and tools while she sells plants from her greenhouse on their U.S. 40 property.
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Michael Webb of Dublin is gearing up for the Historic National Road Yard Sale that starts Wednesday, May 29 and runs through Sunday, June 2. Webb’s location is on the north side of Dublin on U.S. 40.
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Michael and Jean Webb of Dublin look over the floral inventory they have leading up to the 16th annual Historic National Road Yard Sale. The sale began in Dublin and now includes several states from St. Louis, Missouri to Baltimore, Maryland.

By DONNA CRONK - dcronk@thecouriertimes.com

DUBLIN — A journey of 824 miles begins in Dublin.

Dublin, the small western-Wayne community where the annual Historic National Road Yard Sale began and spread to points east and west along U.S. Hwy 40, is gearing up for guests who descend on the town. The sale always starts the Wednesday after Memorial Day on through the weekend, making it Wednesday, May 29 through Sunday, June 2 this year.

Patricia McDaniel is founder and chair of the organic series of yard sales along the route spanning from St. Louis, Missouri to Baltimore, Maryland. She said she is “extremely proud of everybody who has supported” the annual event, now in its 16th year. She describes it a destination for people looking not only for bargains but foods along the route. McDaniel owns Old Storefront Antiques in Dublin.

Michael and Jean Webb of Dublin rely on the annual five-day event each year for a source of income as well as the opportunity to meet people from all over the place. Michael says it’s not uncommon throughout the five days to look around and have 200 people walking around his property, even on rainy days. He estimates that 30,000 people visit sales along the Historic National Road during the five-day run.

“They come from all over,” he says, mentioning such addresses as Florida, Tennessee, Texas, Ohio and even Canada.

Says Jean, “They just travel from one sale to the next.” Adds her husband, “All those treasure hunters ...”

Michael says people will take vacations to take in the sales. McDaniel said that the sale helps the local economy along the route where businesses such as The Flamingo in Dunreith, for example, rent out rooms during sale week.

The Webbs retired two years ago, he from Lumpy’s restaurant in Cambridge City, and she from a 38-year career as a Richmond florist. Her family lives in the western-Wayne area and the couple moved into Dublin to be closer to them 13 years ago.

When asked what he likes most about the community, he responds, “I like that Highway 40 sale.” He collects things year-round to offer during the event. He specializes in small machinery such as riding lawn mowers, push mowers, snow blowers, rototillers, chain saws, and an abundance of tools. 

His wife sells a variety of plants from her greenhouse out back of the house.

For his family, it’s a chance to raise money to help make ends meet. 

Jean agrees that making money is her favorite part of the sale, but she also mentions the people – obviously a draw.

“We get to meet people from everywhere,” she adds.

Dublin Clerk-Treasurer Julia McCarty said of the multi-state event that began in her town, “It is good to see the people coming through. It kind of gives people a sense of community.”