90 miles of deals await at Dixie High­way Yard Sale

The Standard Journal - - LOCAL - By Ross Wil­liams [email protected]­jon­line.com

If you’ve got money, gas and time to burn, there’s an event com­ing up that’s right up your al­ley.

The an­nual Dixie High­way 90-mile Yard Sale, founded in 2006, fol­lows the path of the orig­i­nal Dixie High­way from Ma­ri­etta to Ring­gold, Ge­or­gia.

From June 7 through June 9, com­mu­ni­ties all along the 90-mile path will of­fer items of ev­ery kind imag­in­able to ad­ven­tur­ous bar­gain hunters along the route.

The south­ern­most point on the trail is the Ma­ri­etta Mu­seum of His­tory, 1 De­pot Street, near Ma­ri­etta Square, where volunteers will have items rang­ing from old books to his­tor­i­cal ar­ti­facts that don’t fit into the mu­seum’s col­lec­tion.

“Some­times, peo­ple will give us things and they don’t per­tain to our mis­sion,” said mu­seum di­rec­tor Jan Galt. “They don’t per­tain to Cobb County or Ma­ri­etta his­tory. … If we can’t use it in our col­lec­tion, we strive to find a more ap­pro­pri­ate home for it, but if that is some­thing we are un­able to do, the things that were never put into our col­lec­tion, we sell.”

Galt said all the money the mu­seum raises in the sale will go di­rectly to­ward main­tain­ing its col­lec­tion.

Mu­seum col­lec­tion man­ager Christa McCay said the mu­seum has been par­tic­i­pat­ing in the yard sale for about five years, and it al­ways at­tracts a large crowd. The event co­in­cides with the June Art Walk on the Square, which leads even more peo­ple to the mu­seum.

“Within that time pe­riod, we get around 500 peo­ple com­ing in and shopping,” she said. “Every­one is al­ways glad to see we’re of­fer­ing some­thing they can take home and trea­sure. … We get peo­ple from all the way in Ring­gold and even be­yond.”

McCay said shop­pers from as far as Min­nesota vis­ited the mu­seum last year.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the event, visit face­book.com/ Dix­ieHigh­way90MileY­ardSale and old­dix­iehigh­way­yard­sale.com. For a driv­ing map of the yard sale, go to www.old­dix­iehigh­way­yard­sale.com/map.

FileIn this 2017 photo, Ho­race L. Woodlief Jr. browses through the items on sale at the Ma­ri­etta Mu­seum of His­tory’s open­ing day of the an­nual 90 mile Dixie High­way Yard Sale. Pro­ceeds of the sale ben­e­fit the per­ma­nent col­lec­tion of the mu­seum.

In this 2017 photo, base­ball mem­o­ra­bilia such as fig­urines, au­to­graphed base­balls, signed pic­tures and more were part of the Ma­ri­etta Mu­seum of His­tory’s open­ing day items for sale as part of the an­nual 90 mile Dixie High­way Yard Sale. Pro­ceeds of the sale ben­e­fit the per­ma­nent col­lec­tion of the mu­seum.

In this 2017 photo, Tim Wol­lach of Atlanta grabs his se­cond arm­load of mil­i­tary mem­o­ra­bilia on Friday at the Ma­ri­etta Mu­seum of His­tory.

Staff / File

In this 2017 photo, Tim Wol­lach of Atlanta grabs his first arm­load of mil­i­tary mem­o­ra­bilia on Friday at the Ma­ri­etta Mu­seum of His­tory dur­ing the open­ing day of the an­nual 90 mile Dixie High­way Yard Sale. Pro­ceeds of the sale ben­e­fit the per­ma­nent col­lec­tion of the mu­seum.

In this 2017 photo, shop­pers lined up out­side the mu­seum to par­tic­i­pate in the Dixie High­way Yard Sale.

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