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Highways and buy-ways with bargains galore

By The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

This article was published August 7, 2008 at 11:15 a.m.

One hundred and sixty miles of nothing but yard sales, antique/collectible vendors and flea markets may sound like a bargain hunter's dream after an evening of too much spicy food, as Helaine R. Williams writes in Friday's Arkansas Weekend section. But this is a real event that happens every year in Arkansas.

The ninth annual Bargains Galore on 64, which cranked up Thursday, continues alongside U.S. 64 from Fort Smith, past Conway to Beebe. Towns and communities involved include Alma, Clarksville, Altus, Ozark, Fort Smith, Russellville, Beebe, Morrilton, Van Buren, Vilonia, Atkins, El Paso, Menifee, Blackwell, Hartman, Mulberry, Coal Hill, Knoxville, Plumerville, Dyer, Lamar, Pottsville and London. Bargains Galore provides an opportunity for commercial vendors, nonprofit groups, clubs, schools, churches, civic and other organizations in these communities to promote products and services.

What's for sale? Everything. Antiques are the star of the show, but Beanie Babies, vintage items, "shabby chic" items and jewelry are among the treasures to be discovered.

Enhanced by a scenic environment and friendly folks, Bargains Galore has been designated a "Travel Treasure" by Southern Traveler magazine and draws everyone from family vacationers to dealers, according to the event's Web site, which also attributes its growth to the various chambers of commerce and other tourism agencies throughout the River Valley area.

Read tomorrow's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

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