Highway 46 revisited: Vendors, shoppers, to return for 16th annual yard sale
by Laura Camper
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HEFLIN – The Highway 46 Yard Sale turns 16 this year, something the founder finds hard to believe.

Mathis Dodson, who lives on Alabama 46, started the yard sale on a whim because somebody told him it ought to be started.

“Wouldn’t nobody else do it,” Dodson said.

So, he started organizing a yard sale along the 25-mile stretch of the highway from Heflin to the Georgia state line. It took a few years, but it has become big, Dodson said. The sale attracts vendors from all over the state and as far away as Panama City, Fla., Dodson said.

He typically hosts about 25 vendors in his yard the weekend of the sale.

Heflin City Clerk Shane Smith said the sale has grown tremendously. It started out mainly in the Ranburne area, where people set up in fields and yards along the roads, and has stretched out to include Heflin.

“It’s a big deal because people come from all over the state and Georgia,” Smith said.

This year the Cleburne County Chamber of Commerce is renting table space at the Farmers Market in Heflin. Executive Director Tanya Maloney said the chamber has had a lot of interest in the spaces both inside and outside the market building.

“We’re pretty much sold out,” Maloney said.

Dodson said it takes him about a month each year to organize the sale. He advertises in newspapers and delivers fliers from Birmingham to Atlanta, Dodson said.

The sale attracts all kinds of dealers, Dodson said, crafters, vintage and antique collectors. He doesn’t keep track of how many vendors sell, but said with a smile, “It’s a mess.”

He’d like to pass the torch to someone else, but he’ll continue to organize the sale until someone else volunteers to do it, because it’s fun, Dodson said. He enjoys it, and it’s good for the county, he said.

The sale begins Friday and continues through Sunday.

Staff writer Laura Camper: 256-235-3545. On Twitter @LCamper_Star.

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