SILOAM — Locals flocked to a seven-mile stretch of road Friday for what is a decades-long annual tradition.
Yard sales littered the lawns of more than a dozen homes along Siloam Road from where the road intersects N.C. 268 to the Siloam post office, and cars lined the streets in front of the sales.
There were also a number of vendors who rented sites at the post office, and many in the parking lot of the Crossroads Cafe.
Brent and Debbie Wall said they currently organize the sale, but they took over a thriving tradition nearly two decades ago.
“We’ve been doing it for 18 years or so,” explained Brent Wall. “Siloam United Methodist Church had been doing it long before we started though.”
The Walls’ yard was packed with family members who seized opportunity, and set up their own sales on the lawn.
The many sales had much variety to offer, from second-hand clothes and toys to tools and antiques. There was something for everybody.
Debbie Wall said many residents and groups along the roadway have come to depend on the little bit of extra income earned at the annual yard sale. Churches, including Siloam Methodist Church, and other organizations use the sale as a fundraising opportunity.
Lisa Smith said the event is big for Cub Scout Pack 505, which is sponsored by Level Cross United Methodist Church.
For the past five years, the scout group has set up shop at the Crossroads Cafe parking lot, according to Smith. It’s the pack’s major fundraiser of the year.
“We hold this so that we don’t have to charge dues to purchase merit badges for the boys,” explained Smith.
Smith noted everything sold was donated to the group, including a couple of “big-ticket” items — a riding lawnmower and a generator.
Once this year’s sale is complete, the group will immediately begin collecting items to sell next year, said Smith.
The seven-mile yard sale continues Saturday, beginning at 7:30 a.m. and lasting until crowds disperse.
Andy is a staff writer and may be reached at 415-4698.