LAWRENCEBURG, Ky. (LEX 18) — The annual multi-state 127 Yard Sale is set to run August 6 through August 9 along Highway 127. The early birds set up in Lawrenceburg earlier in the week with the new COVID-19 procedures.
"We have stayed in contact with the health director here locally regarding the yard sale. We were told that we were still good to go on with it we just had to put some procedures in place," said Eagle Lake Convention Center Owner Jenna Sims.
Their outdoor spaces are more spread out than usual but the number of vendors remains about the same. Masks are not required, but encouraged, especially when social distancing cannot be maintained.
Sims explained it is not just individuals who shop the yard sale, business owners also come to re-stock their stores. She said "When all the businesses are hurting like they're hurting this year like those stores and retail and everything else, it's maybe even just as important for them to be able to get out and find better deals, you know, to be able to sell things and pay their bills you know feed their families."
Meanwhile, the indoor spaces are at 50 percent capacity and masks are required.
Outdoor vendor Elsie Burden said she already sold to customers from Texas, Florida and Louisiana.
"I know I'm scared because those are the hotbeds of COVID, but you just gotta learn how to protect yourself, you know, I stay my distance. And I never failed to wear my mask," Burden said.
Burden explained for decades she sold at a lot in Danville, but due to the coronavirus that lot was closed this year which caused her to move to the Lawrenceburg location off Junction 151 and Highway 127.
Burden said she expects to have lower revenue this year but in addition to a business. she explained she decided to still set up because it is also a hobby.
"I can tell that they're [customers are] very leery about it. Also, but a lot of people are reluctant of what to do. It's only a few people are seeing not wearing masks. And I didn't want to offend them, and I didn't want them to get upset. I said this is not my part to say anything," said Burden. "But they know what's going on. The Governor tell[s] you what's going on. So, you need to, you know, be careful and take care about your people I mean if you don't care about yourself at least your neighbor."