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Love to shop and see the sights? Head out to Highway 34 in Illinois.

"More on 34" is a 150 miles of yard sales that spans from Galesburg to Aurora.

"I think I said 'jackpot' when we drove up, so it looks like we should have a good time," said Staci Nagel. "It's just fun to search for things."

Diana Flippin and Staci Nagel are from Jefferson City, Missouri. They drove four and a half hours just to see what treasures they could find along Route 34 and vendors are selling just about everything.

"I'm an avid milk bottle collector and I have lots of antiques to sell, come out and see me," said Jim Morgan from Canton, IL.

A teacher from Galva said she's saving big bucks on classroom supplies...

"This is great," said Tina Hufford. "I would have probably have spent forty dollars or more at a store if i had to go buy it new."

Two cousins from Galva said it's a fun tradition for their small town...

"We're just kind of helping out with the garage sale and its been very good so far," said Elizabeth Whitford and Rachel Russell. "So hopefully it keeps up."

Another woman from Douds, Iowa suffered a stroke and heart-attack a few years ago and hasn't been able to loom for almost two years, but still has some of her handmade rugs left to sell.

"I've already got designs thought up, like I've got different work designs," said Teresa Burkhalter.

She's healing and hopes to be looming again soon.

But you don't have to be an artist or antique collector to be apart of the sales. Organizers said anyone is welcome, with no cost to buyers or sellers.

"We get a lot of people coming to see our counties and learning about our businesses and our little towns," said coordinator for Bureau County Tourism Kathy Costerisan. "Hopefully they will come back and visit us again."

Costerisan said it's all about exploring rural America, while putting a little bit of money back in the local economies.

This is the ninth year for "More on 34". It was featured in Flea Market Style magazine as one of the best yard sales in the nation.

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