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Miles of flea market finds for all kinds of pickers

If you believe one person’s trash is another’s treasure, find your gem at the 301 Endless Yard Sale. The sale begins about ten miles south of the Virginia-North Carolina state line and extends for 100 miles. The yard sale spreads through Johnston, Halifax, Wilson, Harnett and Nash counties.

Between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. on June 16 and 17, the road will be lined with shoppers looking for antiques, collectibles, household goods, toys, tools and other finds. You can visit vendors and antiques stores in towns such as Weldon, Halifax, Rocky Mount, Wilson, Kenly and Smithfield, as well as hundreds of yard sales that will spring up a few hours before the sale opens. Last year, the yard sale drew 5,000 pickers. 

“The concept of the 301 Endless Yard Sale began in 2013 when Johnston County leaders got together and discussed ways to attract more visitors,” notes Ashby Brame, marketing and public relations manager of the Johnston County Visitors Bureau. “It grew from a sidewalk sale to what we have today.”

The influx of more visitors has been a boon for everyone in the area — not just for local shops and vendors. Visitors may pursue a variety of travel opportunities: 

  • The Riverside Mill, located in a former cotton mill in Weldon, offers antiques, Amish furniture, handmade crafts and outlet shops.
  • The Roanoke Canal Historic Museum and Trail in Roanoke Rapids centers on the transportation, power generation and industrialization of the Roanoke Navigation Canal. 
  • The Historic Halifax State Historic Site in Halifax features exhibits, living history demonstrations and tours of ten historic structures.
  • The Children’s Museum & Science Center and the Maria V. Howard Arts Center offer indoor exhibits and an outdoor sculpture garden.
  • The Ava Gardner Museum in Smithfield honors the life, loves and legacy of the beautiful hometown girl who blossomed into a glamorous Hollywood actress. 
  • The Bentonville Battlefield near Four Oaks was the site of Confederate General Johnston’s last stand against Sherman’s army on March 19-21, 1865 — the largest battle ever fought in North Carolina.
  • Selma is home to several antiques stores, the 1757 Atkinson’s old grist mill and the 1924 historic Union Station. 

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