Shoppers and sellers are gearing up once again for the third annual 301 Endless Yard Sale being held this Friday and Saturday.
The event attracts thousands of antique collectors, crafters and bargain hunters from up and down the East Coast, hauling trailers waiting to be filled with treasures.
Organizers expect more than 500 vendors along the route, which stretches more than 100 miles along U.S. 301 through Halifax, Nash, Wilson, Johnston and Harnett counties. It originally started in Johnston County. Each vendor sets their own hours, but typically vendors are active by 7 a.m. and operate until 6 p.m. There is no admission charge for the event, although some vendor spaces may charge a nominal rental fee for booths.
Area residents are encouraged to participate in the 301 Endless Yard Sale in several ways. Property owners along the U.S. 301 corridor can host their own yard sales, and do not have to worry about obtaining permits, which have been waived for the two-day event. They may also rent out booth space to vendors. Commercial food vendors will have to obtain permits where necessary
Most cities have waived sign permits for the two days, but only along the U.S. 301 corridor. Restaurants, businesses and residents holding yard sales a block off the route may post signs directing traffic to their businesses.
Local drivers are reminded to be patient with the slow moving traffic during the event, taking special care to watch for pedestrians and drivers making sudden stops or turns.