When the St. Clair Chamber of Commerce came up with the idea for a Route 66 Labor Day yard sale eight years ago and Pacific decided to participate, there was lots of talk about yard sales being one form of recycling along with teasers about finding that unexpected treasure.

Participants were invited to set up tables on their front lawns or an unused parking lot and wait for the stream of cars to come by.

Organizers are already planning for this year’s Route 66 Treasure Hunt, yard sales and flea market on Labor Day weekend.

Buyers of old and used stuff are urged to take advantage of the long weekend to shop at the rows of tiny and large resale tables set up along an 80-mile drive between Eureka and Rolla.

From mix-and-match dishes, to pictures of every size and content, to musical instruments and furniture, hopeful sellers set out their goods.

The Route 66 Treasure Hunt began in St. Clair in 2004 and has grown to include over 80 miles of yard sales and flea markets.

Vendors can set up any of the three days or all three on private property. Some businesses offer space in their parking lots.

Participating Chambers include Eureka, Pacific, St. Clair, Sullivan, Cuba, St. James and Rolla. Pacific vendors can help find a space.

Local sellers looking for a space can contact the Pacific Area Chamber of Commerce, 636-271-6639.