Finding treasures along U.S. 301

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Brenda Massey said she wasn’t looking for anything Friday.

“I just came out to browse,” she said. But she walked away with two large urns to go outside her home during this year’s 301 Endless Yard Sale at the Wilson County Fairgrounds site.

“I love them,” she said. “I got them as soon as I got here.”

Massey was one of thousands looking for a good find along a 100-mile stretch of U.S. 301. The seventh annual event will run through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Founded in Selma and now hosted by towns along U.S. 301 in Johnston, Halifax, Wilson, Nash and Harnett counties, the annual 301 Endless Yard Sale is way for shoppers to find treasures along the 100-mile plus stretch of highway.

More than 1,000 vendors offer everything from antiques to collectibles as well as DIY furniture and crafts.

Wilson sites listed on the event website include Elm City Resale Market, Rocky Mount/Wilson Flea Market, Knight’s Auto Sales, Truely Unique, the Wilson County Fairgrounds and the Newman family in Lucama.

Some of the well-established sites are Riverside Mall in Weldon, TWM Antiques in Selma and the Tobacco Farm Life Museum in Kenly. Other Kenly sites are Kenly Hardware, Kenly Tire Service and Stormin’ Noman’s Barbecue. There are at least three dozen sites in Johnston County.

Tony and Harriett Langley of Hertford said they started shopping in Rocky Mount and made their way to Wilson.

“We’ve enjoyed it so far,” Harriett said, adding that she just retired Thursday and it was a great way to get out and explore on such a beautiful day.

She was particularly interested in a bin full of doilies.

“I do crafts,” she said.


Patricia Webb of Webb’s Auction Service in Pinetops was set up in Kenly. Webb said she has been coming every year for as long as the event has been held.

Her area was full of shoppers looking through items that included antiques, tools, coins, currency, comic books, advertising and other collectibles.

“It has been going really good so far today, and the weather has been great,” Webb said Friday. “I’ve been well-pleased.”

Webb said the biggest sellers by lunchtime on Friday had been with old advertising and smalls.

“It’s a lot of work, but it’s worth it,” Webb said. “It always takes me about a month to get ready for this show. I started putting stuff out at 6 a.m.”

Cynthia Batten, husband Freddie and son Chris, who live outside Kenly, were set up on another corner lot in Kenly.

Their offerings were more along the line of household and kitchen items, clothes, tools, toys and yard items.

“This is the first time I have ever participated,” Batten said.

“I’ve had a really good day. She said they had brought two trailer loads of stuff, and people were buying it.

“One man’s junk is another man’s treasure,” she said.