Flipping through the local newspaper, one can find advertisement after advertisement for the local yard sales to be held throughout the county on the upcoming weekend. None of those yard sales compares to the expansive sale planned for the residents and community of Maxwell Road.
The second annual Maxwell Road Endless Yard Sale is scheduled to be held Aug. 13. The yard sale begins just off Hwy. 421 north of Clinton on Kitty Fork Road and extends 40 miles, through the Clement community, and ends where Maxwell Road and N.C. 24 meet. Organizers are hoping the sale will pick up and continue past Cape Fear High School and into Vander.
“Through much demand from the community, we have decided to expand this year’s yard sale,” Sherri Bostic, event organizer, said.
Last year’s yard sale covered nearly 25 miles in Sampson County, but Bostic said this year, the yard sale will meander it’s way through nearly 40 miles, crossing into Cumberland County. The sales begin at 7 a.m., and will end when everything has been sold.
“We had people drive from three hours away last year,” Bostic shared. “I hope if the people are coming, there is stuff for them to buy.”
The idea of the endless yard sale came from Bostic, who at the time was looking for some extra money to cover the cost of medical expenses for her husband. Bostic, who rescues animals, needed the extra cash and thought the yard sale would be a good way to get started.
“People always need a little extra in funds,” Bostic shared. “Whether it’s a family, church or organization, every little bit can help.”
Along the 40-mile stretch, Bostic said hundreds of vendors will have spaces set up. Not only are families setting up in their yards, but some rent out spots for others to set up a tent. One particular home on Maxwell Road, Bostic said, will have more than 50 vendors set up around their circular driveway.
“Through the grace of God, this idea was put into my head,” Bostic shared. “Not only has it helped me, but it has helped so many others.”
Many of the churches along the route will have booths set up in their parking lots. A lot of organizations found throughout Sampson and surrounding counties also take advantage of this opportunity and set up a booth or items to sell.
“A lot of people have benefited from this,” Bostic remarked. “It’s impossible to know just how many people have actually been helped through the sales made.”
In all, hundreds of vendors will fill the spaces along Maxwell Road. Bostic said there was no way for her to count just how many vendors will be available that Saturday.
“This event is like any traditional yard sale,” Bostic shared. “Churches, civic organizations, the Clement Civic Center … they all take part in this one day event and use the opportunity as a way to raise money for many different things. Some of the churches use the money to send their youth to camp.”
The yard sale isn’t just for those who live on Maxwell Road or for the churches who have property on the road. Bostic said many churches, and even some of the homeowners, are renting out spaces for others to set up along the route.
“You’ll be able to find a little bit of everything,” Bostic said. “You’ll see crafters, woodworkers, food vendors and just people who are getting rid of some unwanted and unused household items.”
If you are interested in renting a space along the route, Bostic said a list of those who are renting spaces is available on the Maxwell Road Endless Yard Sale Facebook page. Updates on the Facebook page are made frequently.
For more information, Bostic can be reached at 910-990-0415 or 910-567-2966.
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