Traveling The Back Roads Looking For Treasures

Time for the Maxwell Road Endless Yard Sale.

Rose Autry looks through a rack of clothing during last year's Maxwell Road Endless Yard Sale event Saturday. The yard sale runs through Sampson and Cumberland counties.
Rose Autry looks through a rack of clothing during last year's Maxwell Road Endless Yard Sale event Saturday. The yard sale runs through Sampson and Cumberland counties.
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You’ve heard the idiom, “One man’s junk is another man’s treasure.” This weekend, you’ll have your chance to find your pot of gold.

The Maxwell Road Endless Yard Sale, now in its fourth year, will be held Saturday spanning close to 30 miles along the back roads in Sampson and Cumberland counties.

Vendors will be located along Maxwell Road between N.C. 24 in Stedman to U.S. 421 in Clinton. From Interstate 95, take exit 52 at N.C. 24 East, turn left at the stoplight and that is where Maxwell Road begins. When Maxwell Road crosses N.C. 242, it turns into Highhouse Road in Sampson County.

Bargain hunters will have their chance to visit hundreds of vendors offering new, used and like-new items, such as handmade jewelry, children’s clothing, clothing for men and women, toys, household goods, home decor, furniture, food, antiques and so much more.

Many locations along the rural route have been renting out booths, so shoppers can visit a number of vendors in one stop. A few churches along the way are participating and will have vendor booths available. Some are also selling food.

The Maxwell Road Endless Yard Sale is fashioned like the 301 Endless Yard Sale that is held in June. This event travels down U.S. 301 for a 100-mile stretch.

Sherry Bostic started the Maxwell Road Endless Yard Sale four years ago as a way to make some extra money for medical bills. It is now held annually the second Saturday in August.

Ms. Bostic said things usually get started around 7 a.m. and continues until items are sold. She said many people are renting booths for the event.

“One lady has 100 vendors alone at her house in the Clement area,” Ms. Bostic said.

There are a few churches participating in the event, including Clement Church of God of Prophecy which will have sausage dogs for sale starting at 7 and home-cooked barbecue sandwiches and hot dogs starting at 10 a.m. Also available for purchase will be chips, drinks, bottled water, desserts and sweets.

The Bethany Historical Society, located behind Strickland’s Store, is also taking part in the event. They will have food items available, including sausage dogs, breakfast items, barbecue plates and baked goods. They also will give away door prizes.

Shiloh Church will have fried bologna sandwiches and hot dogs. Grace Tree Church will serve fish plates for free until they are out of food at the Clement Civic Center.

“There will be lots of food there,” Ms. Bostic. She added that those planning to sell food should check with the Sampson County or Cumberland County Health departments to get a permit and also information on guidelines.

For more information, visit Maxwell Road “Endless” Yard Sale on Facebook.

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