Annual 421 Yard Sale this weekend

Published 9:20 am Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Time for the 421 Yard Sale is nearing once again with this year’s event being held May 3 and 4.

The 421 Yard Sale is an annual, two-day event occurring on the first weekend of May throughout the towns and communities located along U.S. 421.

The yard sale will take place in multiple areas of Harlan, including the old Belk parking lot, several locations in Cumberland, along KY 38 in Evarts and the Harlan Health and Rehabilitation parking lot.

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The website also shares a few tips for those wanting the most out of their yard sale experience:

• Some sellers expect haggling and price accordingly, and some act shocked when you ask. Haggle anyway. To them, that stuff is clutter, not stock, and they do not want to lug it back into the house at the end of the day. Because of this, you may get deeper discounts at yard sales than at any other venue;

• You may not get the exact price you want, but you should be able to get some sort of discount;

• Dress down a bit. Showing up in your designer clothes and driving a $60,000 car might work against you;

• Don’t offer too little. Offering less than half of the tag price may come across as an insult. Start at a little more than half and expect to meet somewhere in the middle;

• Offer less than you are willing to pay. Expect the seller to counter your first offer and negotiate up from there;

• Don’t criticize the merchandise, but politely point out any flaws or damage;

• Be nice. Remember that you are negotiating, not arguing, and you are asking for a favor. Rudeness to a seller could cost you more than the current negotiation. If you get a reputation for rudeness at yard sales, sellers may not want to haggle or deal with you at all;

• Buy in bulk. Offer a group price if a seller has several items you want. Selling multiple items is a bigger incentive to deal;

• Have cash in hand. Make an offer and hold out that amount of cash. That’s harder for the seller to resist than when you ask without showing them the green;

• Be willing to walk away. If you don’t reach an agreement on price, walk away. You can always come back later in the day if the item hasn’t sold. Remember to ask what time they plan to close;

• You may get better deals at the end of the day. Sellers are tired, and they’d rather sell something for less than pack it.

For more information, call Jim at 606-269-0533, Preston at 606-837-3546, Kathy at 606-573-1681 or visit their website at The 421 Yard Sale is a Harlan 20/20 project.