Michigan's 200 mile garage sale wraps up


Michigan's longest garage sale weekend wrapped up Sunday night.

It's a garage sale that stretches 200 miles along the US 12 Heritage Trail from New Buffalo all the way to Detroit.

Over the years it has attracted all types of people and for some, this garage sale has certainly become a tradition.

"It went excellent. There was thousands of people here,” says long time participant Robert Hibbard.

Robert Hibbard has been holding garage sales for about 60 years and this year wasn't any different.

"Prepping took a long time, three days,” Hibbard continues.

Even with all of that work, he won’t miss this weekend for anything.

"We go fishing every Sunday morning. We had to give that up. I missed my family reunion. Not much family left, but I would have liked to see them,” says Hibbard.

But, Linda uses this time to spend with family. She says they all meet and set up their own stations.

“I kind of feel like I lay my things out, I price each, everything individually and just kind of lay it out so I have sizes and people don't have to go, you know, pawing through everything. I know where everything is and I lead them to it,” says another garage sale participant, Linda Hess.

While this is a great time to spend with family and making a few bucks, dozens of garage sales along US 12 can also be very dangerous.

“Some people are wanting to check out the area and then there are those that are impatient behind them that are just wanting to, you know, go, go, go, and these guys are wanting to look. So yeah, there have been a few cars that have screeched and beeped and in a ditch even. So, you just got to be cautious, be courteous of other people,” continues Hess.

While both, Robert and Linda enjoy participating and plan to do it again next year, they were both very happy when the day was over.

“For three days, two meals each day, pulled pork. It’s excellent, my girlfriend cooks it for me and it’s just wonderful. Better than any I have eaten anywhere else, but we're going out for a real dinner tonight,” says Hibbard.

“Sleep! Sleep! Early mornings late nights you bet,” adds Hess.

Linda says she did a little better last year and Robert says they did alright. Both were just happy with the great weather this weekend.


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