Towns located along U.S. 301 in the North Carolina counties of Johnston, Halifax, Wilson, Nash and Harnett are making preparations for this year’s fifth annual 301 Endless Yard Sale set for Friday and Saturday, June 16-17.
Event organizers are planning and focusing on increasing community involvement up and down the 100-mile stretch where the sale will take place. Organizers want to increase vendor and shopper attendance, according to Ashby Brame, marketing director atJohnston County Visitors Bureau.
“Reports from townships and vendors who have participated in past years show that the event continues to grow,” said Brame. “However, there are still some sparse sections along the way and town leaders are looking to change that.”
“Businesses along 301 in Johnston County have been selling vendor spaces in their parking lots and having sidewalk sales for the last four years,” said Brame
Sales have grown where schools, booster clubs and churches have started opening their parking lots to vendors. She added that residential stretches on country roads outside the major towns used to be blank now have more and more private residences working together with neighbors.
“Also, this year we are hoping to work with N.C. Department of Transportation to set-up a system along the route to track increased car volume the weekend of the sale to get the most accurate count of how many people attend,” said Brame.