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“Bargains Galore” Opens Aug. 7

Summer shoppers will get a chance to find the hottest deals at Bargains Galore on 64 Aug. 7-9.

Bargains Galore on 64 is a gigantic “yard sale” that stretches 160 miles from Fort Smith to Beebe on U.S. 64, and is open both to shoppers and vendors.

Anyone can offer wares along the highway without a license on the three sale days, as long as they own the property or have permission from the owner.

“It’s a good opportunity for civic organizations and religious organizations to make a little extra money,” said Linda Hiles, coordinator for the event. “It’s just a great opportunity for a lot of people, buying or selling.”

Hiles often advises both shoppers and vendors drink plenty of liquids and stay cool during the hot August days. Those susceptible to the heat should do their shopping in the early hours.

“We hope it won’t be as hot as previous years, but it is August,” Hiles said.

Hiles sets up shop in a city park where it is shady, she said. She also offers free ice water to shoppers, she said.

Cities participating in the sale waive garage or yard sale permits for those three days, but food vendors must comply with Arkansas health regulations.

Operating times are up to the vendors, but most open at 7-8 a.m. and close at 4-5 p.m., Hiles said.

Vendors have no limitations on what they can market, and people sell everything from antiques, collectibles and clothing to furniture and household items.

“It is such a fun event because not only are the sales great, but the people are friendly and the scenery is lovely,” Hiles said. “It’s a great time for people from out of town.”

The event offers an opportunity for commercial vendors, nonprofit groups, clubs, schools, churches and civic organizations to promote their products or services. Hiles’ husband, Frank, noted that the money spent makes a large economic impact on the area.

U.S. 64 parallels Interstate 40 and makes access to the sale easier, but shoppers should remain cautious. Anyone traveling the highway during the event should drive slowly and safely, and pay attention to the cars in front of them. Pedestrians should be careful about crossing the road on foot.

“We hope people will take extra care when driving, we want to prevent accidents,” Hiles said. “Safety is uppermost.”

Those participating in the yard sale should put out yellow sale signs to advertise participation. For information, call Hiles at (888) 568-3552.

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