Free Lance-Star: Hit the road to find 24 miles of bargains


Three local women are organizing a large yard sale event stretching throughout the 24 miles of State Route 208 in Spotsylvania County.

Debby Hall, Jean Satterwhite and Joanna Sekuterski are putting together the “Rt. 208 Sale Trail” Sept. 13–14. They hope it becomes an annual event.

The women are patterning the event after the popular Route 11 Yard Crawl, a 43-mile yard sale trail that runs between New Market and Stephens City in the Shenandoah Valley. That event just wrapped up its ninth year.

The local event will run between Four–Mile Fork and Lake Anna. People will set up yard sales along both sides of State Route 208, allowing people to stop and shop at their own pace. Food will be available along the route.

The woman organizing the event are hoping to hear from property owners along that stretch giving permission to use their land for the sales. They’ve been dropping off brochures at businesses.

The women have been working on the event with Spotsylvania economic development and tourism officials. It will run through Spotsylvania’s courthouse area, not along the 208 Bypass, offering travelers an opportunity to take in some of the county’s most historic sites while shopping.

Participants are reminded not to set up yard sales along the public right of way or block traffic. The event will be held rain or shine.

The county will hold its annual employee yard sale at the local government complex the same weekend of the Rt. 208 Sale Trail.

The women organizing the event say they have gotten interest from people inside and outside the region looking to set up yard sales that weekend.

More information is available at The organizers have also set up Twitter and Facebook pages.

Bill Freehling: 540/374-5405