The 23rd annual Watertown Fall Mile Long Yard Sale goes all day Saturday, Oct. 1. Bargain hunters should have a field day, and there will be plenty of foods and beverages. Drive safely.
By KEN BECK, The Wilson Post
If you havent heard, theyre having a little yard sale in Watertown on Saturday.
Heck, theyre having a huge yard sale in hundreds of yards.
It all began 23 years ago, and it goes under the name of the Watertown Fall Mile Long Yard Sale.
It was created to bring people to town. It begins at our city limits and goes the two miles of Main Street and encompasses the whole city, said Jim Amero, event coordinator.
The scheme has succeeded as every fall and spring, this village of 1,400 swells to more than 10,000 as antique hunters and savvy shoppers fill the streets looking for good deals.
Youll find everything from little red wagons, sunglasses, crafts and antiques fresh out of the barn to glassware, homemade recycled items, furniture and socks, said Amero, who runs Jims Antiques on the Square. If you see something you like, you better buy it because other people will scarf it up right behind you.
There will be people set up from Uncle Petes Truck Stop in Lebanon all the way to Watertown, he said. The vendors here are ready by 7 a.m. and some have traveled great distances.
Some of those vendors will come from Alabama, Georgia and Kentucky, and about three dozen of them travel from other Tennessee towns.
As for what is new at this edition of the yard sale, Amero said, We will be having pony rides near the pavilion where excursion train passengers disembark. And that pavilion will be filled with vendors selling items from antiques to homemade leather belts.
Also, Troy Varney, owner of the Liberty Express, has a mini-train that will be giving rides all day long. The cost will be $3 for a ride or $10 for an all-day pass.
And the big train, aka the excursion train, will be brining from 400 to 600 passengers from Nashville to the event along with a baggage car so the passengers can tote back the items they purchase.
As for good eats, the Watertown Fire Department will hold their fish fry at the community center as usual, and in town there will be Cajun fare, barbeque, funnel cakes, hamburgers, Polish sausages, cakes, pies and jellies. The Stardust Drive-In concession trailer will also be open.
Amero hinted that a friend in Sparta is exploring the idea of initiating a Highway 70 yard sale that would run from Sparta to Watertown and encompass the towns of Smithville, Dowelltown, Liberty and Alexandria.
This time around I had Geoff Haines helping me with phone calls and placements, Amero said. And I couldnt do it without the help of the girls in my shop, Miss Karla and Miss Toni.
As a side note, the event coordinator advised animal lovers to not bring pit bulls or pet snakes to the event.
And for entrepreneurs, he said, Watertown is a great opportunity to open a shop. We have two vacant buildings available.
Anyone interested in renting a space, other than a food booth, for the fall yard sale, should check with Amero in person at Jims Antiques on the Square.
Writer Ken Beck may be contacted at email@example.com.