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301 Endless Yard Sale bringing bargain-hunters to Johnston

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KENLY— Troy Lucas is normally employed as a United Parcel Service driver in his hometown of Tarboro, but for two days each year during the month of June, he becomes an antique dealer as part of the 301 Endless Yard Sale.

Just as he has done for the past five years, Lucas will have a dealer space at the Tobacco Farm Life Museum in Kenly.

“This is just something I wanted to do, sort of as a hobby,” said Lucas.

Lucas said in addition to selling, he also collects and specializes in items like advertising, old signs, clocks and thermometers and plans to bring along quite a few things from his personal collection for this year’s event, which begins Friday and continues on Saturday.

The Endless Yard Sale was founded in Selma and now extends along the U.S. 301 corridor through participating communities in Johnston, Harnett, Wilson, Nash and Halifax counties. The yard sale route runs for more than 100 miles and features antiques, collectibles, homemade furniture, crafts and various other merchandise.

Selma has added a bonus day on Thursday with antique and collectible shops along Raiford, Anderson and Railroad streets welcoming shoppers. Stores open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for preview day.

An online map of Endless Yard Sale locations shows Johnston County boasting the highest number. For more information, visit www.301endlessyardsale.com.

Kenly Service Center owner Ken Renfrow said he has been allowing vendors to set up at no charge in the parking lot at his station ever since the yard sale began.

“We think it is good for Kenly,” said Renfrow. “I would love to see more things like this held in our town.”

Among the booths set up at Renfrow’s station this year will be an entry sponsored by Kenly’s Piney Grove Free Will Baptist Church.

“We are doing a community outreach booth and will be giving out cold water so people can have a place to stop and rest,” said Piney Grove representative Sandra Walston.

Walston said there will also be a box set up for prayer requests.

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