Be a Maryland Picker – Find Your Treasure on the Maryland Historic National Road

Posted on 03.17.14 – Web Exclusives

Pickers LogoWest Friendship, Maryland – Enjoy the “thrill of the hunt” by attending or participating in Maryland’s longest continuous yard sale. From Baltimore City to Garrett County, yard and sidewalk sales will take place along 170 miles of Maryland’s National Road from May 9 – May 18, 2014.

The Maryland Historic National Road Yard Sale provides individuals with the opportunity to reconnect with their past along America’s first interstate, by visiting historic sites, cultural attractions and enjoying all the resources of the US 40 scenic byway.  Since 1806, the National Road has been one of trade and commerce, connecting all major ports and today you can relive that experience by traveling this historic highway in search of that must have item.  Along the way enjoy great dining and shopping in quaint towns and vibrant Main Street communities of Ellicott City, Frederick, Clearspring, Cumberland and Grantsville.

The Maryland National Road Association encourages businesses, civic organizations, non-profits, churches and residents to host and stage their own yard, garage and/or side-walk sale along Maryland’s Historic National Road (US 40, Alternate 40 & MD 144).  There is no fee to participate and a basic listing of name, address and hours of sale is provided on the event website.  Expanded listings are available for $10 and include name, address, hours, a photo, description of items for sale and a website link.  The MNRA will maintain a list of known participants for those who inquire about locations of sales.   Event participants and other general information will be available on the organization’s website at http://marylandnationalroad.org/events/2014marylandpickers.

This year the MNRA is pleased to partner with the Goodwill Industries of Maryland along the National Road including; Goodwill of Monocacy Valley, Goodwill of the Chesapeake and Horizon Goodwill Industries.

Goodwill is most commonly recognized as a retailer, providing inexpensive quality clothing & household items to thrift-savvy shoppers.  As a leader in the environmental sustainability movement, Goodwill encourages the community to re-purpose and re-use household items, by diverting millions of pounds from the landfill each year. Through the organization’s recycling efforts, and ultimately the sale of donated items in their Retail Stores, Goodwill generates revenue to directly support free job training programs & services locally, for people looking for employment and an enhanced quality of life. The mission of Goodwill is to empower individuals with disabilities, and other barriers to employment, to gain independence through the power of work.

Goodwill and MNRA encourage event participants hosting yard sales to consider donating their unsold items to their local Goodwill.  In addition to the traditional clothing and household items that are often donated, Goodwill accepts old computer equipment & electronics, which are not resold, but recycled, thanks to a partnership with the Dell Reconnect program.

Goodwill Retail Stores and Donation Centers across Maryland will be collecting donations during normal business hours, as well as, setting up remote attended donation centers in select areas, for participants to drop off their unsold items. Goodwill supplies receipts for all donations. For a list of drop-off locations during this year’s national yard sale, please visit the event page at www.marylandnationalroad.org/2014marylandpickers

The Maryland National Road Association is a non-profit, 501(c) 3 organization that preserves and promotes the economic vitality, cultural, scenic and historic resources along the Maryland Historic National Road from Baltimore City to Garrett County.

For more information on the event, or to submit a listing please contact Byway Manager, Tiffany Ahalt at (240) 626-0963 or email Tiffany@marylandnationalroad.org