Tables covered with blue tarps and tents were starting to pop up along Alabama 46 on Wednesday, and that could mean just one thing – the Highway 46 Yard Sale.

The sale is scheduled to officially begin on Friday morning, said Dodson Mathies. But, he added, he’s had people set up in his yard between the Cleburne County Career Technical School and County Road 18 since Sunday.

This will be the 19th yard sale, Mathies said. He’s been one of the organizers from the start, he said.

“People up and down the road said they wanted to start and I got elected, I guess,” he said.

He’s thoroughly enjoyed it, Mathies added.

Each year, people set up tables, spread blankets or just arrange their wares on the grass next to the highway from Heflin to the state line at Ranburne. Traffic along the road slows to a crawl as people pull over to peruse the offerings and cross from one side of the road to the other looking for deals.

This year, 6 miles of the route, including the area in front of Mathies’ home, is being resurfaced by the Alabama Department of Transportation, and traffic already crawls through that section due to lane closures.

“I think they’re going to quit,” Mathies said.

Mike Corley, area operations engineer with ALDOT, confirmed that the contractor has agreed not to work Friday. Work will resume Monday and there will be about one more week of lane closures as the work is completed, Corley said.

The sale is scheduled from early morning through dusk Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Though, Mathies added, “They’ll stay here ’til they have to have a flashlight.”

Staff Writer Laura Camper 256-463-2872 in Heflin, 256-235-3545 in Anniston. On Twitter @LCamper_Star.