We are well into March now -- in like a lion and out like a lamb. Smack dab in the middle is my favorite thing about March -- the Peaches to the Beaches yard sale.
It is a weekend of community cooperation, funnel cakes and trips down memory lane.
And, oh yeah, you will find some great bargains.
This year the Peaches to the Beaches yard sale is Friday and Saturday. It runs along U.S. 341, the Golden Isles Parkway. About 220 miles long, the Peaches to the Beaches links the peach growing counties in Middle Georgia to the beaches of the Golden Isles. Along the way, travelers will find everything from yard sale treasures to fine antiques. There will be individual yard sales in front yards that face U.S. 341 as well as multi-organization sites. "Official Vendor" signs will identify each official Peaches to the Beaches yard sale site. The official yard sale hours are 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, rain or shine.
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Here are my "Don't Miss These Stops" on the Peaches to the Beaches.
1. In Fort Valley, at 310 Martin L. King Junior Boulevard, there will be a huge sale with at least five vendors at the location. During the year, the people bid on storage bins -- just like on the TV show -- and then they save the stuff for the Peaches to the Beaches yard sale. The variety is amazing at this sale, and the prices are terrific.
2. On the other side of Perry at 1388 U.S. 341, about a half mile past the Houston County line into Pulaski County, is a great sale. The Woods Boys Relay for Life team is hosting this sale, and the money raised will go to American Cancer Society and suicide prevention in memory of Wes Woods. A lot of people have donated items to this sale, so the variety is going to be good and the cause is commendable. In fact, one of my favorite things about the Peaches to the Beaches is sales like this, where people band together to raise money for a good cause.
3. If you only have time for a few stops on the yard sale, then make sure the First Baptist Church in Hawkinsville is on your list. This site has it all -- a huge number of vendors, food available for purchase, great parking and the gold star of yard sales -- restrooms. Volunteers from the church will be on hand to direct those who need the facilities.
4. In Chauncey, located in Dodge County south of Eastman, organizers use the Peaches to Beaches to help raise funds for the restoration of the historic school house. The multi-vendor yard sale is held on the grounds of school, which opened in 1875 and is now used for community events. The highlight here is a large book/DVD/CD sale that fills the gymnasium, and all proceeds go to the Chauncey schoolhouse project. This is another site with great parking. Do not miss the red velvet funnel cakes.
After making your trip on the Peaches to the Beaches, let me know where you think the great stops are. If you need more information, the Peaches to Beaches website (peachestothe beaches.com) has extensive information about the communities that participate in the yard sale.
Alline Kent can be contacted at 396-2467 or firstname.lastname@example.org