The Cornville 10-Mile Yard Sale Is This Weekend
Ready, set, shop! This Saturday and Sunday, the annual 10-mile yard sale is taking place in Cornville. The yard sales are set for 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days, rain or shine. It all began 30 years ago this weekend with just a few families getting together for a big yard sale on West Ridge Road in Cornville.It has grown and grown over the years, the yard sale evolved into the Three-Mile Yard Sale for several years, then the Six-Mile Yard Sale and now it's the 10-Mile Yard Sale!
Around 50 families take part with yard sales along the 10-mile route that stretches from Route 150 at Cass' Corner in Cornville all the way to U.S. Route 2 at the Kennebec River in Skowhegan. Sales have even spread to include side streets all along the route and into the neighboring town of Athens.
Philip Goodell and his late wife Sandra, were among one of the first handful of families that got together for a big yard sale in 1983. Goodell tells the Waterville Morning Sentinel that one year he made $3,400 over the two days. He says, 'last year I didn't so good, probably $1,300.' Adding that 'people aren't spending like they used to.'
Skowhegan Police will make sure that roads remain open for emergency vehicles and safety. A cruiser will be assigned to the area for the yard sale to make sure there are two lanes of traffic. The town Highway Department will be placing 'no parking' signs along one side of each road.