HEFLIN— The Highway 46 Yard Sale is in its 20th year and that’s exactly how long Charles and his wife Hazel Wigington from Heflin have been selling their wares along the curvy two-lane blacktop.
“It’s actually just a hobby; we’re retired,” said Charles Wigington. Wigington enjoys the comradery that exists with his fellow vendors, who he knows from other highway yard sales and events.
“We enjoy the people, our group consists of people from Alabama, Mississippi and Georgia. We meet at different places, just a good pastime, it keeps us on the move,” Wigington said.
“The most interesting thing to me is the local pottery, the old hand turned pottery from this county has always interested me more than anything else,” Wigington said.
Wigington and his wife had parked their RV in the shade and had several tables of interesting and vintage items.
Wigington had everything from a vintage teeter-totter, old bottles, fishing reels to lanterns, pots and toys. Wigington pulled out an old milk bottle that has local interest from a now defunct dairy in Cedartown, Ga. The bottle was marked ‘Cedar Valley Co-Op’ with red ink.
“It’s all A to Z stuff,” Wigington said.
The yard sale starts in Heflin on Alabama 46 and stretches all the way to the Georgia line in Ranburne. It started today and will end on Sunday.
Jerry York from Oxford was looking for items under the shade of large magnolia and pine trees in a clearing where a dozen or so vendors had set up tables, tents and huts to sell.
“Just looking for bargains and old stuff, collectibles and such,” York said.
York brought his daughter with him and said she was looking for dishes.
“Up the road I saw a casket for sale, you don’t see that very often; that’s probably the most unusual item I have seen,” York said.
Julia McLeod was shopping for items for her family farm and was looking for old stuff.
“Literally I come out and pick each year, we have a farm, a fifth-generation farm, we’ve restored it, it’s been in our family for 200 years, and we enjoy trying to restore it back like it was in the ‘50s and ‘40s,” McLeod said.
McLeod said this was her ninth year to come to the yard sale. She was carrying a large plastic container of pool table balls that she plans to stick inside a glass lamp.