CLARION, Iowa — Day One of the Highway Three Corridor Garage Sale got off to a blazing start Thursday. Not only was the mercury climbing, the early-bird shoppers were so thick some sellers opened earlier than planned for the first day.
In its third year, the sale runs along Highway 3 through Butler, Franklin, and Wright Counties. Over 100 sales are listed on the master roster. In Clarion, 31 sales are listed. The Clarion Chamber has produced a map showing where all the sales are in town.
“That’s a tremendous economic impact when we have all these visitors coming into town,” said Kim Heller of the Clarion Chamber of Development. “They might stop for a restaurant, they might shop at one of our stores, they might fill up with gas,” she added. “It’s a great thing to have that many people attracted thru a small town like Clarion,” said Heller.
One yard sale was to raise scholarship money for the Clarion Chapter of American University Women. Each year this group of 25 women raises funds for scholarships for two graduating Clarion High women to attend college. Having the Highway 3 sale is a good thing for this group. “Gives it a lot of visability, a terrific way to spend some time together,” said Diane Edwards of the American University Women.
Some shoppers at the Highway 3 Corridor Sale were on a mission. Judy Ackerson of Bristow was shopping with her daughter, Jami, “She’s gettin married pretty soon so we’ve been finding some deals,” said Ackerson.
The two stopped at Peg Bunn’s sale right along Highway 3 in Clarion. Bunn said she wasn’t going to open until late the first day, that’s when people started arriving. Bunn said, ” I didn’t even advertise, I just put my stuff out, and everyone stopped in.” She told of two women who stopped with UHaul trailer who bought some furniture from her. Bunn said, “they were fixin’ to put everything in their UHaul and take it home.”
Clarion Chamber Director Heller said “Clarion is a great little town that’s 45 miles from everywhere.” She added the Highway 3 Sale “brings all these visitors from out of town, they’re going to recognize what a great town Clarion is, and hopefully come back later.”
Take a look at the sale’s Facebook page.