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Widest Yard Sale: Get ready to bargain hunt

Sturdivant Hall volunteer Patty DeBardeleben prices items for the World’s Widest Yard Sale, which runs across the entire state. Some places will be open beginning today, while Sturdivant will host a one-day sale on Saturday. The group will only participate in the yard sale on Saturday, and have collected items ranging from tuxedos to glassware to sell. -- Taylor Holland

More than 350 miles of bargains will line U.S. Highway 80 starting Thursday as the World’s Widest Yard Sale takes over much of Alabama.

Officials are expecting thousands of vendors to participate in the three-day yard sale, which begins in Phenix City near the Georgia line and runs westward to Cuba near the Mississippi line.

Selma-Dallas County Chamber of Commerce executive director Sheryl Smedley said she was excited the county was involved in the record-setting sale.

“I’m most excited for the opportunities for people to come out and see our community that may not be otherwise traveling through here,” she said, referencing a call she’d received earlier in the day from a Birmingham man asking about Selma. “This is a first-time event, so it’s going to be anything goes.”

Anyone interesting in participating is free to do so, Smedley said, urging those who plan to operate a booth to ask for permission before setting up their stations.

“I can’t stress enough that you should please ask for permission before setting up your booth in front of somebody’s storefront or property,” she said. “It’s a fun event, but please practice safety as well.”

As of Tuesday, there were 16 confirmed vendor sites in the county, one of which was Sturdivant Hall. However, Sturdivant volunteer Patty DeBardeleben said they only plan to participate in Saturday’s portion of the yard sale.

After calling for donations from residents city-wide, DeBardeleben said Sturdivant Hall has received furniture, linens, glassware, golf clubs, T.V.s and other items they plan to sell at the sale.

“We’re excited about making some money for the house,” she said. “It takes a lot to keep this place going. There are always so many needs and we have to do various fundraisers, so this is the first time we’ve ever done a yard sale. We’re excited about trying this and seeing how successful it can be.”

The historic home, located in the Old Town district, will continue to collect items for the sale until noon Friday, when they’ll begin pricing and preparing the items to sell, she said.

Residents can donate items to Sturdivant during its normal business hours, and those who plan to browse its collection of items on Saturday should use the Union Street entrance.

In addition to Sturdivant Hall, an up-to-date list of identified vendor sites in Dallas County, as well as elsewhere, is available on the yard sale’s official website, widestyardsale.com, under the “Vendor Sites” tab at the top of the page.