It’s yard sale time - Route 340 event set this weekend

The Valley Banner

ELKTON — On Saturday, Sept. 9, U.S. 340 will become the destination for yard sale fiends when antique collectors and thrifty shoppers alike look for bargains at the seventh annual Route 340 Yard Sale.

The yard sale is hosted by the Elkton Progressive Improvement Committee, known as EPIC, a nonprofit that seeks to beautify and improve the quality of life in Elkton. EPIC was established in 1987 and hosts three other annual events: The Elkton Greater Open Golf Tournament, Autumn Days Arts and Crafts Festival and Holiday Home Tour.

Sellers will have their belongings out for sale from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, starting on U.S. 340 in Grottoes and ending in Luray for more than 40 miles.

“We keep getting larger and a lot more people [come],” said EPIC member JoAnn Foltz, who helps organize the event.

Yard sale goers can expect to find all kinds of items for sale, including jewelry, clothes and children’s toys.

“[You can find] pretty much anything. Anywhere from clothes to antiques,” Foltz said. “Anything that you would normally sell at a yard sale. We usually have a good variety.”

Food vendors will be set up along the route. The Grove Hill Community Center will also be available for people to set up. The community center will be selling food there as well, Foltz said.

“It’s just a lot of fun,” she said. “It’s mainly to bring people into town and it’s just mainly for shopping.”

When the Route 340 Yard Sale was first held, it started near the Merck & Co. building in Elkton, and the route went into Shenandoah.

The yard sale’s path was then moved into Stanley and Luray, and about two years ago, EPIC decided to stretch the route to Grottoes.

Others can also set up at the Junior Order of the United American Mechanics’ building off Shenandoah Avenue in Elkton on the day of the yard sale.

The money EPIC raises goes toward improving the community. The group is responsible for the memorial and honor wall at Stonewall Memorial Park in Elkton, as well as the steps that lead into the park.

They also provided the “Welcome to Elkton” signs in town.

“Everything EPIC did or raised money for, we put it back into the town,” Foltz said.

The organization just recently formed an entire new staff.

Anyone is welcome to set up their yard sale along the highway with no prior registration needed. It is a free event.

For more information, call 298-8144.

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