“Endless yard sale” has such a sweet ring to it; doesn’t it?! I set out early Friday, June 17 for the 301 Endless Yard Sale and began my hunt in Rocky Mount, NC, working my way down to Wilson, NC. I could’ve gone longer in either direction, but honestly, I was worn out! Great deals at nearly every stop and a variety of places to explore…yard sales, sidewalk sales/parking lots, flea markets, established brick and mortar shops, etc. Even had time to stop at Ray’s Diner in Wilson for a delicious blt and refreshing sweet tea. It’s 100 miles of vintage heaven. I scored banana yellow school chairs, plastic gasoline sign numbers, tool boxes galore, a serape blanket, porcelain containers, books, scenic photographs, brass and even a bowling pin. The prices ranged from great deal to out of my price range/the dealer knew what they had. I’ve found that most folks know that vintage is “in,” and will say “that’s old” as soon as I show interest…which usually means good price if you’re interested in keeping it for yourself, but too rich for my dealer blood. The existing flea markets that were already happening leaned more toward the newer household goods (socks, dish soap, clothes, plastic toys) and less so with vintage, so when I go again, I will stay on the 301 path and focus on the parking lot yard sales.
My favorite spot along the 301 Endless Yard Sale was found thanks to a painted wood sign sitting on the 301, Madge’s Garden and Treasure Shop in Sharpsburg, NC (120 Main Street, 27873). June Atkins, the owner, is just plain awesome! Super friendly, knowledgeable and runs a shop chock full of unique finds! Madge was her grandmother and the shop is in Madge’s old home, open Friday and Saturdays only. Every nook and cranny has something to see and there are two friendly cats to keep you company. June worked on the garden out front while I got to roam on my own. When I told her I was looking for succulent vessels, she started pulling things right up in her garden for me to replant at home. She even ran back inside and gave me a gorgeous piece of green pottery for my new plantings. Just awesome! She has dealers that come through regularly, so she keeps her inventory full and interesting. Definitely worth a stop year round!
June recommended walking over to the A & A Flea Market next door, owned by Autry Pridgen. These names! They’re located at 110 South Main Street. Another spot with lots to look through. I found a colorful serape in terrific shape!
Overall, the 301 Endless Yard Sale was a great day of picking and I’d recommend for dealers and vintage enthusiasts alike!
A picture of Madge takes pride of place:
June moved a pile of goodies blocking an unsuspecting door, to let me into the back room:
A bit of my haul: