40-Mile Garage Sale set for June 3-5

DURAND—Avid garage sale shoppers can find everything they want and more at “Saleing Rt. 75, Illinois’ 40-Mile Garage Sale.” The third annual sale, scheduled for June 3-5 involves hundreds of residents, garage sales and events in eight towns along Illinois Rt. 75. This grand weekend of sales includes the towns of South Beloit, Rockton, Harrison, Shirland, Durand, Davis, Rock City and Dakota. All are in Illinois.

Adding to the fun of Illinois’ longest garage sale will be businesses and organizations that are also going all out to welcome shoppers. With the expected crowds, for instance, the United Methodist Church of Dakota is having a huge garage sale to help raise funds for a building expansion. The church’s youth group will be hosting a lunch stand in the town’s park shelter. The Durand United Methodist Church is moving its garage sale from church property to a farm on Rt. 75 just west of Rt. 70 for greater visibility.

In Harrison, the March of Dimes is having a table with hand-crocheted baby blankets and infant hats as a fund-raising effort for that charitable organization.

The Ramada Inn in South Beloit is offering a discount for anyone wanting accommodations. Rockton stores are planning sidewalk sales. Antique malls along the route will be showcasing their wares. Other churches and organizations will have flee markets and rummage sales, too. Restaurants and vendors will be selling food.

“Last year, some of our restaurants sold out of almost everything,” said Philip Meyers, one of the organizers. “We’re much better prepared for the crowds this year.”

For shoppers’ convenience, portable toilets will be available as well as businesses opening their facilities to them. This year, as it did last year, the tiny, unincorporated town of Harrison will stop shoppers with its free Porta Potty easily visible from Rt. 75.

Garage sale organizers see Saleing Rt. 75 as a way to introduce visitors to the towns, businesses, rural scenery, and other features of the area.

“It’s amazing what bargains you can find and what fun you can have along 40 miles of scenic roads,” said Meyers.

From the June 1-7, 2005, issue

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