The inaugural U.S. Highway 21, 2014 Take A Break From the Interstate, three-day Road Market Sale of 70 miles will be held over the weekend beginning on Friday.
The sale was designed to recreate traffic along the historic route of U.S. 21 and promote economic development through tourism.
The 70 miles will include towns in North Carolina and Virginia with Jonesville considered either a starting or stopping point for a treasure collecting adventure. To find out local events in participating towns, one may check the chamber of commerces located in Jonesville, Elkin, Sparta, Wilkes County, Independence, Virginia, and Wytheville, Virginia.
Some of the sale items may end up being just “what someone has been looking for,” said organizers Donald Miles Sr. of Miles Companies in Sparta and Donna Hamm.
People in the towns and business merchants are invited to participate and offer items of choice. Jonesville town officials asked that people get permission for sale locations and to be courteous and clean-up after the sales completion.
They called it a time for people to enjoy regional community hospitality and a good way to find arts, crafts and collectibles from around the region. Vendors are driving in from as far as Florida, they said.
Hamm said seven radio stations were advertising the sale and the participation looks to be surpassing expectations for the first year.
According to respective town sign ordinances, Miles said citizens are placing banners and signs in their towns for easy access to sale areas.
Jonesville Town Clerk Lynn Trivette said Jonesville has waved the town sign ordinance for the occasion and said vendors were welcome to place signs around the town to advertise their particular treasures available for purchase.
Trivette said she is going to make the sale drive and is excited with big hopes for its success. Trivette said she will be looking for college dormitory goods.
President of Jonesville Tourism Development Authority Anita Darnell said, “This is our baby. We may be a small town, but we make big impressions.”
Jonesville Town Manager Scott Buffkin said, “We are excited and hope to encourage our community and other communities along Highway 21.”
The Jonesville Visitors Center will have public restrooms available and information on restaurants and lodging.
Miles encouraged merchants to participate with sidewalk sales and said so far citizens and merchants alike are “catching on” to the possibilities of enjoyment, and making some money during the U.S. 21 Road Market Sale.
Miles emphasized that the drive can be a beautiful one and that no public monies were being used for any expense. Instead money has come from grants such as the Blue Ridge grant for $5,500 and raised from volunteer efforts from the TDA in Jonesville and other tourism companies in participating towns.
He encouraged people to clean out their closets and basements, create road market signs, and be ready to sell with items priced to sell and to pass along the information to their neighbors.
Joyce Coe will be selling household items, an electric fry pan, silverware, kitchen utensils, a foot massager, clothes and all of her stuff is like new, she said.
Coe said about yard sales and the event, “I enjoy this, I get to meet a lot of people.” She will be at the old bowling alley parking lot, she said.
Maria Torriente said she will be selling Cuban chicken and pork. She said, “It’s the real thing.” She also will be at the old bowling alley and will have soft drinks and water for sale.
Donna Williams said she will be at Worth Remembering store in Jonesville and will have books, plus-size women’s clothes, household items and some knicknacks.
“It is really funny, I was planning on having a yard sale anyway.” She said her sister lives in Illinois and has participated in another sale of this type with good success.
Issy Hinshaw of Issy’s Consignments said, “I am excited especially about being in on the ground-breaking opportunity of this adventure with the stop and start.”
Hinshaw will be running a 50-percent discount price off of anything that already is discounted. She expects to sale Vera Bradley, and a lot of name brand purses and wallets, she said.
She will have a lot of name brand shoes and larger sizes for guys. She will have new clothes for all ages, she said.
“I have knick knacks for everybody,” said Hinshaw. She said she will be selling some homemade items like quilts.
On Sept. 13 of this year, Hinshaw will have been in consignments for 10 years.
Below are a list of participating parking lots, said Trivette:
• 144 S. Bridge St. (at the old bowling alley), has permission to use parking lot
• 101 E. End Blvd. (at Lewis Furniture), has permission to use parking lot
• 225 S. Bridge St. (the old Super Savor building), has permission to use parking lot
• 214 N. Bridge St., has permission to use tennis courts for selling
Judy Wolfe, chair of the Jonesville Historical Society, invited those who have non-clothing items they don’t sell during the weekend of the road market to donate them to the Jonesville Historical Society for the Labor Day Weekend Flea Market.
She said, “We will pick items up if donors call the History Center (835-0077) or donors may bring items by the center.”
The history center will be open Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. to receive donations and to welcome visitors.
For more information, go to www.TakeABreakFromTheInterstate.com or call 336-372-5646.
Tanya Chilton may be reached at 336-835-1513 or on Twitter @TanyaTDC.