Bargain hunters, antique collectors and shopaholics will flock to Dalton this weekend as residents on Turnpike Road gear up for the 13th annual two-mile long yard sale this Saturday, May 17, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., rain or shine.
The event encompasses the part of Turnpike Road from the Dalton Pharmacy at the intersection with Main Street, through to the LaPlume Post Office at the intersection with Rte. 438.
Event chair Susie Davidson, who is also an antique collector, explained that the event was originally conceived as a way for neighborhood residents to profit from their annual spring cleaning.
“I’m a collector of everything, but not of anything and having so much stuff can get overwhelming,” she said. “Everyone has too much stuff to get rid of and this is a way to do it.”
A food tent run by the women of the Dalton United Methodist Church will be set up at 610 N. Turnpike Road, offering a selection of pastries for breakfast and picnic fare for lunch. A bake sale sponsored by the Dalton and Factoryville United Methodist Churches will be located adjacent to the food tent and all proceeds from the bake sale will benefit both churches’ vacation Bible schools.
Parking for the sale is all along Turnpike Road or at the Dalton municipal parking lot.
“It is a really fun day, it is like a carnival,” Davidson said. “I had a ticker a few years ago and by 1 p.m. that day, I counted 1,000 people that came up my driveway. It really is a carnival-like atmosphere because you don’t know what you’re getting at the next house. There’s everything from soup to nuts; there’s car parts, clothes, antiques, you name it.”
Also happening in Dalton on Saturday is the Friends of the Dalton Community Library’s annual Herb and Perennial Festival, which will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at the Dalton Fire Hall, 109 S. Turnpike Road. A presentation by Maureen Rogers of Herb World, a herb growing and marketing network, will begin at 9:30 a.m. Rogers will discuss herbs that solve a person’s health problems.
“It’s a great day out in Dalton,” Davidson said. “With so much going on, there really is something for everyone and it really is a lot of fun for our community.”