Search for treasures through 2 counties

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More than 30 miles of back roads stretching between Sampson and Cumberland counties will transform into a roadside marketplace this weekend offering up tons of treasures for bargain hunters. It’s time for the Maxwell Road Endless Yard Sale — held each year, the second Saturday in August.

The event is set to start at 7 a.m.; however, event founder Sherri Bostic said serious bargain seekers will probably be out there even earlier.

“The die-hard yard-salers are going to be out there at 6 o’clock to find the deals,” Bostic said. She is now the contact person for the event, putting vendors in touch with individuals, churches and organizations renting booths that day.

“The event continues until people get tired or sell out,” Bostic said.

Modeled after the U.S. 301 Endless Yard Sale held in June, Saturday’s Maxwell Road event travels from U.S. Highway 421 in Sampson County and continues down Maxwell Road/Highhouse Road to the intersection at N.C. Highway 24 in the Stedman area of Cumberland County — or vice versa, depending on which county you begin your journey.

Thousands of people are expected to participate in the event.

Locations along the route have rented out multiple booths to vendors. “There are at least two particular houses that will have at least 100 vendors,” Bostic said.

In Cumberland County, the Bethany Historical Society has rented out spaces in the Bethany ballfield.

Yard sale-goers will find a variety of new and used merchandise such as gently-used clothing, the traditional household yard sale items, and homemade arts and crafts. There also will be representatives selling products such as jewelry and candles, and a variety of food trucks.

There are several churches along the route that will offer food items such as breakfast treats, hot dogs and even bologna sandwiches.

Bostic warns all those thinking about selling food items to make sure they get the required permits.

Health inspectors will be out checking for permits, she said.

She also warns people that landowners will prosecute trespassers, and county and state law enforcement officers will be out writing tickets to those violating traffic laws.

The 30-plus mile yard sale will be held rain or shine, but so far, the weather looks promising.

“Through the grace of God, barring a hurricane, it looks like we’re going to have good weather Saturday,” Bostic said.

For more information, contact Bostic at 910-990-0415 or visit Maxwell Road “Endless” Yard Sale on Facebook.

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