Shoppers Find Great Deals at Bargains Galore on 64
Bargain hunters made their way to Highway 64 for 160 miles of yard sales from Fort Smith past Conway to Beebe, Arkansas. The 14th annual Bargains Galore on 64 event began Thursday (Aug. 8) and wrapped up Saturday (Aug. 10).
“There’s so many yard sales concentrated in one area that you can just start at one end and go all the way down, and there’s no telling what you’ll find,” said vendor Sarah Uribe.
A wide variety of merchandise was available for purchase including clothing, furniture, glassware, dishes, jewelry, toys, knick knacks and collectibles.
“I think the coolest thing that we sold is two goats,” said Uribe.
Vendors at the event said this year was the most successful yet and drew in shoppers from all over. Cindy and Shelby Hawkins from Illinois bought sheets at Bargains Galore while in town visiting family in the River Valley.
“I think you can find a little bit of everything: odd, different, unique,” said Cindy Hawkins.
Shelly Marshall and her husband hit the jackpot Saturday when they found a unique item they collect: a glass chicken-shaped candy dish.
“My husband grew up and his grandmother had one of these that she always kept peanut M&M’s in,” said Marshall. “Now whenever we’re out and about we love to go to antique shops or anything else and we love to try to find them.”
Charles Ackerman sells knives at the Crawford County Flea Market. He has been collecting knives since he was 11 years old and said he seeks out rare and unusual collectibles.
“There’s only 500 of them made,” he said while holding up a commemorative Elvis Presley knife. “This is number 191 out of the 500.”
While the pop-up vendors had success at the Bargains Galore event, the permanent business residents along Highway 64 said they also benefited.
“We’re usually really steady on weekends, but nothing like this,” said Alicia Pitt who runs the Kopper Kettle Smokehouse and whose grandparents own Kopper Kettle Candies in Van Buren. “It’s good business.”
The annual event is held the second week in August from Thursday through Saturday.