Tammy Strickland, of New Buffalo, shows off an early medical lamp from the 1900’s at a garage sale in Three Oaks during Michigan’s Longest Garage Sale in 2015. This year, the 200-mile sale is scheduled for Aug. 13-15.

NEW BUFFALO — Michigan’s Longest Garage Sale returns to Southwest Michigan, which is expected to take over the U.S. 12 Heritage Trail in August.

Every year, hundreds of people clean out their basements and attics and set up sales along the U.S. 12 corridor stretching more than 200 miles from New Buffalo to Detroit.

This year’s three-day garage sale runs Aug. 13-15.

The sales can be found along the highway at homes, farms, businesses, parking lots and fields. Some areas will have large numbers of vendors, while other sales are scattered at individual homes.

Kristopher Martin, associate planner with the Southwest Michigan Planning Commission, said along with their wares, participants often have interesting stories behind their treasures, including items only a grandmother could love.

Preparations are underway now for the sale along the nation’s second-oldest highway. The event, which was first held in 2003, always takes place on the second weekend of August.

Anyone along the highway interested in hosting a garage or yard sale is encouraged to register their sale for free on the new U.S. 12 Heritage Trail website, www.us12heritagetrail.org. Sales that are registered online will be included in an interactive online map and a page listing all the sales.

The list can be viewed and printed prior to the sale.

For people who have items to sell, but do not have a place to set up, the website lists rental locations available along the route, and contact information for the people offering the space.

Organizers said Michigan’s Longest Garage Sale continues to grow in popularity with people in Michigan and surrounding states.

Shoppers are encouraged to drive slowly and safely along U.S. 12 throughout the sale, and to watch for pedestrians while driving and be aware of traffic while exiting vehicles and visiting sales.

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