Janet Matthews has been a vendor for Bargains Galore on 64 since the first 160 mile long event got underway in 1999.
“I’ve done it every year. The first year I made 9,000 dollars,” Matthews said.
She says she made $7,000 the next year, but her profit has dwindled down into the hundreds as competition has increased over the years. She sets up shop just outside of Van Buren.
“So many to see and people run out of money, you know by the time they get to here from Alma, probably they’re broke,” she said.
5NEWS caught up with Roy Batts looking for a deal at a neighboring tent.
“This has been our first stop. We got some Okra and a cantaloupe,” he said.
From vintage Coke machines, to quilts, clothing and other miscellaneous items, people of all ages can find something of value.
“I found an old phone, but I didn’t get it, and then what else did I find, like a clipboard that holds your paper and all that,” 10-year-old Tristen Harris said.
Bargains Galore begins in Fort Smith goes past Conway to Beebe, Arkansas. The River Valley of Arkansas hosts the event the second week of August annually. It began Thursday (Aug. 7) and wraps up Saturday night (Aug. 9).