What would you say to two garage sales in one weekend? No big deal?
How about if there were hundreds of garage sales strung together along 2oo miles of east/west roadway and along another 200 miles of north/south roadway? In other words, what would you say to two garage sale trails, August 12 – 14, covering an entire 400-mile chunk of Michigan? Impossible? Or impressive?
If you are a fan of garage sales, these annual events are not to be missed.
The M-29 to M-25 Blue Water Area’s Antique Yard Sale Trail follows the two highways along the Saint Clair River banks in Algonac 200 miles north to Sebewaing following the Lake Huron shoreline around the tip of the Thumb.
The U.S.-12 Heritage Trail features what it calls “Michigan’s Longest Garage Sale” from Detroit west to the Lake Michigan harbor community of New Buffalo.
Both events feature everything from antiques and collectables to furniture, fresh garden produce, homemade jams and jellies and more. The sales can be found along the highways at homes, farms, businesses, parking lots and fields. Some areas may have large numbers of vendors while others may be scattered. In fact, occasionally a traveler may go several miles or more without seeing a yard sale due to the rural nature of the drive.
Communities along the routes offfer unique shops, antiquing, museums chuck full of local history and restaurants and diners for convenience and comfort.
And all along the routes, Michigan Bed and Breakfast Inns that are quality-inspected members of this state association welcome you to stop and rest your yard-sale-weary heads in their clean, comfortable and often luxurious beds. Wake up to a delicious home-made breakfast. Since you probably don’t want to plan on staying at a B&B and end up in a Motel 6, it’s always a good idea to make advance reservations.
To locate inns along the M-25-M-29 trail and along the eastern portion of the U.S. 12 Heritage Trail to Marshall, click here.
To locate inns along U.S. 12 east of Marshall to the lakeshore, click here.
What a weekend!