Mile-long yard sale set for Saturday

Xavier Smith • Oct 4, 2017 at 12:35 PM

The annual fall Watertown Mile-Long Yard Sale, sponsored by the Watertown Chamber of Commerce, will start early Saturday morning with all vendors ready to go at 7 a.m.

Both sides of Sparta Pike toward Watertown, as well as the city’s Main Street, will be lined with a wide variety of vendors selling items, including antiques, flea market items, tools, collectables and food. There will be at least 100 vendors, not including church organizations and private citizens.

This fall marks 30 years the city has held the event, according to organizer Jim Amero, owner of Jim’s Antiques. It is held twice each year. Amero said the event usually draws 10,000-20,000 attendees, including visitors from Georgia to Illinois.

Vendors are asked to give remaining yard sale items to Goodwill. Drop-off locations will be set up at Three Forks Marketplace and Watertown Storage II at 9998 Sparta Pike.

All donations are tax deductible and acceptable donation actions include clothing, shoes, books, toys, electronics and sporting goods.

Items not permitted at the Mile-Long Yard Sale include snap pops, silly string, realistic looking cap pistols, rubber bullet shooting pistols and T-shirts with suggestive themes.

The sale of knives to minors is not permitted without a parent or guardian’s permission.

All shops in town will be open, as well as local restaurants. There will be about 15-20 food vendors on site in addition to the restaurants.

The event will be held rain or shine. For more information, call Amero at 615-237-7777 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. or visit watertowntn.com. 

There are alternate routes to Watertown during this weekend’s Mile-Long Yard Sale if drivers want to avoid portions of Sparta Pike. The easiest route ends about five miles from Watertown’s downtown district.

From Lebanon, directions for that route:

• Head south on South Cumberland Street toward Cedars of Lebanon State Park.

• Turn left onto Chicken Road opposite of Dollar General on Central Pike.

• Turn right onto Sparta Pike.

Another route takes drivers to Sparta Pike about a mile from Watertown’s downtown district via Interstate 40 and Linwood Road.

Directions for that route:

• Head east on I-40.

• Take exit 245 toward Linwood Road and turn right.

• Turn right onto Bluebird Road.

• Turn left onto Linwood Road, the first road on the left.

• Turn right onto Poplar Hill Road.

• Turn left onto Linwood Road, the first road on the left.


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