The Free Press, Mankato, MN

April 28, 2013

287-mile-long garage sale to turn byway to buyway

By Brian Ojanpa
Free Press Staff Writer

— This garage sale will be, in effect, 287 miles long.

The Minnesota River Valley Scenic Byway group’s first-time Byway-Long Garage Sale on Saturday aims to combine bargain-hunting with site explorations.

Byway Alliance member and New Ulm Convention and Visitors Bureau Manager Terry Sveine said the sale’s goal is to get people up close and personal with designated natural and historic sites along the river valley corridor.

“This will be very basic,” he said of the event, which is patterned on the King of Trails Scenic Byway garage sale along Highway 75 that runs north-to-south along the state’s western edge.

Sveine said the event’s informal structure involves no licenses, fees or paperwork. Sellers need only coordinate their sales Saturday by putting up red balloons and signage in cities along the byway.

“We’re not going into every little town saying, ‘Here’s how you get the word out,’” said Sveine, whose group is counting on free publicity and word of mouth.

The Minnesota River Valley Scenic Byway runs from Browns Valley in western Minnesota , through New Ulm and Mankato, and ends at Belle Plaine.

Sale details and sightseeing information will be available on the group’s website at mnrivervalley.com or by calling 888-463-9856. 

The Minnesota River Valley Scenic Byway Alliance was organized as a nonprofit in 199. Members meet monthly to promote and develop the area as a tourist destination.