Bargains Galore on 64 starts Thursday
The annual Bargains Galore on 64 is set for Thursday, Friday and Saturday, (Aug. 12-14) running 160 miles from Beebe to Fort Smith.
The 11th year for the event, organizers say that shoppers come from around the country to seek out bargains. This year, they are predicting larger crowds and more vendors.
While this shopper likes the sales spaced out all along the roadside on Highway 64, I have also found some extreme bargains at garage sales located just off the main drag during the event. My best advice is to hit some of those as well. I even take the opportunity to hit a few businesses that have items moved outside. There’s generally plenty of signs for both. Some of the garages sales off the beaten path aren’t hit as hard as those a bit more handy and have a lot of bargains.
There’s a neighborhood sale in Vilonia that I always try to make. I have scored some real bargains there. As well, I take advantage of the one-stop shopping at the First Assembly of God Church nearby. That set-up of 20 or so vendors is sponsored by the Vilonia Area Chamber of Commerce.
Another favorite stop along the route is from Conway to Morrilton and in the downtown area. There’s about two blocks of folks and most are willing to dicker. It’s generally about lunch when I make it there and I’ve got my favorite little eating joint that where I partake of a meal.
Here’s some tips that might make your shopping just a bit more pleasurable.
* Remember, you can’t tell a book by its cover. Some of my best finds have been at some pretty junky sales.
* I like to go on Friday or Saturday. Although some are set up on Thursday, more are out on Friday and Saturday.
* Leave early, dress cool and wear comfortable shoes. Leave the little children at home. They get cranky dragging them in and out.
* Take small bills as well as change. If you don’t have to wait for change, you can move faster.
* Take bottled water. Also, stick in some baby wipes. These are very handy for multiple needs.
* Park in a central location and walk to as many as you can without moving your automobile.
* Stop, look and listen. Some people will not stop or brake for you to cross.
* Be prepared for the consequences if you park on Highway 64 in an area where parking is definitely prohibited. You will get ticketed.
Longtime reporter Linda Hicks has worked as a journalist throughout Arkansas. Most recently, she's been a freelancer for the Log Cabin Democrat in Conway.