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Johnston County hosting 30-mile yard sale in June

Posted April 5, 2013

— Johnston County will become a merchandise mecca this June with a 30-mile yard sale stretching from Kenly to Benson.

The 301 Endless Yard Sale runs June 14 to 15, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and hopes to attract thousands of shoppers in Benson, Kenly, Selma and Smithfield. 

“(We’ll have) small furniture pieces, collectibles, things you want to get rid of in your garage – A to Z,” said Donna Bailey-Taylor, Johnson County’s tourism director.

Many sellers will be set up in well-established visitor sites, such as the Tobacco Farm Life Museum in Kenly, TWM Antiques in Selma and the Smithfield Community Farmers Market, as well as families, churches and schools on the route with vendors, according to yard sale officials.

Tom Abdalla and his brother, who work as antique dealers in Selma, came up with the idea after buying bargains at a 700-mile annual yard sale that stretches along a U.S. highway from Michigan to Alabama.

“I started thinking about it. We have (U.S.) Highway 301, and 301 would be an ideal place for this endless yard sale in Johnston County,” Abdalla said.

The brothers brought their idea to Selma Mayor Cheryl Oliver, who loved the idea. “Let them see all that these small towns have to offer,” she said.

For those concerned about the potential traffic problems the yard sale could cause on U.S. 301, Abdalla offers this advice.

“You have Interstate 95. If locals want to bypass it, they can, but who would want to bypass this?” he said. “I see this as being an endless possibility.”

The 301 Endless Yard Sale website has answers to several frequently asked questions, such as:

Q: How do I become a vendor?
A: Anyone can be a vendor by simply having a yard sale in their yard, at their business or setting up in designated vendor places. The communities along U.S. 301 have worked with area contacts to established vendors locations and each town will have a list of available locations. Each town will have worked with sites on permits, parking, public restrooms and food vendor guidelines. Vendors should work with town contacts closely to ensure a successful experience for all.

Q: What does it cost to participate?
A: There is no fee for local residents to participate however, some vendor spaces may charge a nominal rental fee to allow you to set up a booth.

Q: Is there an admission fee?
A: No. You should never have to pay admission. The event was not set up for that purpose.


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  • dbtaylor Apr 8, 2013

    Whether we attract visitors to Johnston County through special events like the 301 Yard Sale, great outlet shopping at Carolina Premium Outlets or JR Outlet, our museums, the arts, or agri-tourism, or the wine trail....we are thrilled to welcome them to Johnston County! We aren't picky...why not see what you are missing!!! www.johnstoncountync.org

  • dbtaylor Apr 8, 2013

    Hopefully one man's "junk" is another man's treasure as they say! And there will be parking at the vendor sites provided by the individual locations. Please keep in touch with the website, www.301endlessyardsale.com for details (so sorry we crashed this weekend due to bandwidth issues -- all is fixed now!)

  • carrboroyouth Apr 5, 2013

    "30 miles of junk..."

    Not to me... (college student)

  • diana123 Apr 5, 2013

    and where do you park along the way?

  • 007KnightRider Apr 5, 2013

    "I don't want a 30 mile yard. Could you imagine having to mow that thing? And how would you get it home?!" -Poupmouse


  • Poupmouse Apr 5, 2013

    I don't want a 30 mile yard. Could you imagine having to mow that thing? And how would you get it home?!

  • Nina1 Apr 5, 2013

    I am so excited to have a 30 mile yard sale so close to home! Thank you Tom Abdalla and his brother!

  • dwntwnboy2 Apr 5, 2013

    "30 miles of junk.."- one person's "junk" is another's treasure. I have a friend who, when unemployed, made more money by buying and selling items at yard sales than I did working 40+ hours a week and a fairly good job- he supported himself for over 2 years working 2 days a week. Just because it's in a yard sale, doesn't mean it's junk- half my house came from garage, yard and estate sales.

  • 321anut Apr 5, 2013

    30 miles of junk...

  • msharrell Apr 5, 2013

    Only in Johnston County would this be considered a Tourism event.