The 100 Mile Yard Sale | PA’s Longest Yard Sale

The 100 Mile Yard Sale is the longest yard sale in Pennsylvania.

The 100 Mile Yard Sale in Clearfield, Cameron, Elk, and Centre counties is an event I eagerly look forward to every year.

The 100 Mile Yard Sale takes place in mid-July and spans parts of Clearfield, Cameron, and Elk counties in Pennsylvania.
This event takes place in mid-July and spans parts of Clearfield, Cameron, Centre, and Elk counties.

This event is to “pickers”, flea market fanatics, and bargain hunters what the Super Bowl is to football fans – part spectacle, part competition, and tons of fun!

A vintage Elvis doll and a jar of antique marbles purchased at a prior 100 Mile Yard Sale in Pennsylvania.
A vintage Elvis doll and a jar of antique marbles purchased along the route of the yard sale.

The 2023 100 Mile Yard Sale takes place on July 21st and 22nd, with headquarters once again located in Karthus (Clearfield County).

The 100 Mile Yard Sale Headquarters in Karthus, Pennsylvania.
Headquarters in Karthus, Clearfield County.

This yard sale stretches as far east as Pine Glen and Sinnemahoning and as far west as Weedville and Shawville.

Driving map of the 100 Mile Yard Sale Route in central Pennsylvania.
Driving map of the 100 Mile Yard Sale route.

Along the route you’ll pass through some of the prettiest countryside in the Keystone State, and that’s a big part of the draw to this event.

Sinnemahoning Creek along the route of the 100 Mile Yard Sale in central Pennsylvania.
Sinnemahoning Creek along the route.

Since I’ve attended this event for many years now, I though I’d share with you some “pro tips” for enjoying the 100 Mile Yard Sale, based on my own experiences.

There are great deals to be had on nearly everything imaginable at the 100 Mile Yard Sale in Central Pennsylvania.
There are great deals to be had on nearly everything imaginable.

Tips for Enjoying the 100 Mile Yard Sale

Vendor tents in Karthus during the 100 Mile Yard Sale in central Pennsylvania.
Vendor tents in Karthus.

Tip #1

The first thing you should do, before you even leave home, is to download the free 100 Mile Yard Sale Directory which includes a map and lists all the “official” paid participants along the route.

The 100 Mile Yard Sale Directory is available as a free download.
The 100 Mile Yard Sale Directory is available as a free download.

The directory includes maps which zoom in on different areas along the route, making it easier for you to find the yard sales that interest you.

An example of just one of the many maps in the 100 Mile Yard Sale Directory.
An example of just one of the many maps in the yard sale directory.

Tip #2

Bring plenty of cash – ATMs are few and far between, and most vendors are not set up to process credit cards.

It's best to bring an ample amount of cash with you to the 100 Mile Yard Sale in central Pennsylvania.
It’s best to bring an ample amount of cash with you, as ATMs are hard to find in this area.

Tip #3

Be ready to bargain – almost everything is negotiable, and that’s half the fun of it!

Bargaining and bartering is a big part of the 100 Mile Yard Sale experience.
Bargaining and bartering is a big part of the experience.

Tip #4

Drive carefully – you’ll encounter people parking and walking along roads, people making abrupt U-turns, and plenty of distracted drivers.

The 100 Mile Yard Sale runs through towns in Clearfield, Cameron, and Elk counties in central Pennsylvania.
Cars parked along the road in Karthus during the yard sale.

Tip #5

Support local businesses – many fire companies, senior centers, and other community organizations sell food, drinks, and merchandise along the route to raise funds for their causes.

The Karthus Volunteer Fire Department sells food and merchandise during the 100 Mile Yard Sale.
The Karthus Volunteer Fire Department sells food and merchandise during the event.

Tip #6

Stop and enjoy the scenery – the PA Wilds region is beautiful, and you’re in the heart of it as you make your way along the 100 Mile Yard Sale route.

Stopping off at a yard sale next to Saint James Church in Driftwood during the 100 Mile Yard Sale.
Saint James Church in Driftwood is one of the many beautiful stops along the route.

Tip # 7

Buy it when you see it – don’t expect that something as valuable as an “All in the Family” collectible is going to be there if you come back later!

Archie Bunker's Grandson doll at a previous 100 Mile Yard Sale in central Pennsylvania.
Archie Bunker’s Grandson collectible purchased at a previous 100 Mile Yard Sale.

Tip #8

Take plenty of pictures – the 100 Mile Yard Sale is as much about sightseeing and people-watching as it is bargain hunting.

The Elk Country Visitor Center is along the route of the 100 Mile Yard Sale in central Pennsylvania.
The Elk Country Visitor Center is along the route of the yard sale.

Tip #9

Be patient – because folks ARE sightseeing and people-watching, expect to encounter “Sunday drivers” and just roll with it.

Chevy Van spotted along the route of the 100 Mile Yard Sale in Cameron County Pennsylvania.
Chevy Van spotted along the route of the 100 Mile Yard Sale.

Tip #10

Stop for ice cream – because ice cream makes everything even better!

Ice cream break in Benezette during the a prior 100 Mile Yard Sale
Ice cream break in Benezette.

My 100 Mile Yard Sale Strategy

Living in State College, my 100 Mile Yard Sale day typically starts in Snow Shoe, Centre County, and then goes in a big counter-clockwise circle through Pine Glen, Karthus, Sinnemahoning, Driftwood, Benezette, Weedville, Medix Run, Frenchville, and finally Shawville.

Weedville Pennsylvania is along the route of the 100 Mile Yard Sale.
Weedville is one of the small towns along the route of the 100 Mile Yard Sale.

No matter where you’re coming from or where you start, you’ll encounter many “unofficial” yard sales along the way, in neighboring towns and communities not technically on the 100 Mile Yard Sale Route.

Elvis radio purchased at a previous 100 Mile Yard Sale in central PA.
Elvis radio purchased during the event.

I rely less on the directory/map and more on the “does this place look interesting” criteria for stopping.

A "barn sale" along the route of the 100 Mile Yard Sale in Pennsylvania.
I’ll stop at a “barn sale” along the route ten times out of ten!

In addition to great deals, as a “collector” (my family would say hoarder) myself, I’m always looking at how other folks have their own collectibles displayed, which often leads to interesting conversations with some equally-interesting characters.

Hot Wheel car collection at a previous 100 Mile Yard Sale in central Pennsylvania.
Hot Wheels car collection display in a garage along the route.

Lunch is usually at the big park in the center of Karthus.

Lunch break at a food stand in Karthus during the 100 Mile Yard Sale.
Lunch break at a food stand in Karthus.

And then it’s off in search of more deals, taking in the sights along the way.

Sasquatches are a frequent sight along the route of the 100 Mile Yard Sale.
Sasquatches are a frequent sight along the route of the yard sale.

It’s not often you see a sword-wielding Grateful Dead bear, but the 100 Mile Yard Sale brings out a special breed of folks.

Interesting graphics on a vendor's van at a prior 100 Mile Yard Sale in central PA.
Interesting graphics on a vendor’s van.

As a collector of all things 80s rock, I usually come away from the 100 Mile Yard Sale with a large stash of records and cassettes.

80s rock cassettes purchased at the 100 Mile Yard Sale in Pennsylvania.
80s rock cassettes purchased at the 100 Mile Yard Sale.

And I can never walk away from a kitschy trucker-style hat!

Vintage trucker-style hats for sale at a previous 100 Mile Yard Sale in central Pennsylvania.
Vintage trucker-style hats are hard to resist.

No matter what you collect, or even if you’re just looking for a one-of-a-kind road trip, the 100 Mile Yard Sale is an event everyone should experience at least once in their lives!

The 100 Mile Yard Sale is a one-of-a-kind Pennsylvania road trip.
A one-of-a-kind Pennsylvania road trip.

The 5 Best Roadside Attractions in the Quehanna Wild Area shows you some great pit stops you can make along parts of the 100 Mile Yard Sale, especially if you’re making an entire weekend of the event.

Sun rays beaming down on Wykoff Run Falls in the Quehanna Wild Area
Sun rays beaming down on Wykoff Run Falls in the Quehanna Wild Area.

Exploring the Elk Country Visitor Center in Benezette is your guide to one of the most popular tourist destinations in this part of PA.

Full-size taxidermy display inside the Elk Country Visitors Center in Benezette.
Full-size taxidermy display inside the Elk Country Visitors Center in Benezette.

9 Must-See Attractions in Cameron County is a guide to some of the best things to see and do along this portion of the yard sale route.

Stevenson Reservoir at Sinnemahoning State Park in Cameron County.
Stevenson Reservoir at Sinnemahoning State Park in Cameron County.

The 15 Best Elk Viewing Destinations in Pennsylvania will show you where to find the area’s most famous residents, with some of the locations mentioned lying directly along the yard sale route!

Elk Country Visitor Center food plot.
Elk Country Visitor Center food plot.

Be sure to check out my PA Antique Stores and Flea Markets page for more “picker’s paradises” here in Pennsylvania!

Where to find the best antique stores and flea markets in Pennsylvania.
A guide to some of PA’s best antique stores and flea markets.

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