LUMBERTON — More than 3,000 bargain hunters flocked downtown on Monday looking for a good deal as Revitalize Downtown Lumberton held its 20th annual Labor Day yard sale.
During the sale, which kicked off at 7 a.m. and wrapped up at about 2 p.m., nearly 80 vendors posted up at plywood tables with clothing, crafts. electronics and other items.
Dick Taylor, a member of the organization, said he was satisfied with the response to this year’s event, but conceded that the turnout might have been depressed because of the heat.
“I think it turned out well,” said Taylor, who owns several properties downtown.
Among the vendors was Nancy Ward, who for the seventh consecutive year traveled more than 740 miles from her home in Belleview, Fla., to sell jewelry, scarves, ball caps and blouses.
“We love it; that’s why we keep coming back,” Ward said. “I think I did really well today.”
Like Ward, many of the vendors who brought their wares to Monday’s event had participated in previous installments of the yard sale. Some of the vendors, such as Bill Prevatte, were there for the first time.
“I thought the turnout was good. I know we’ve had a good day,” said Prevatte, who was peddling bags of homemade pork skins on East Third Street. “I think I’ll do it again next year.”
In an effort to beat the 90-degree heat, several children broke away from their parents to splash around in the plaza water fountain. Some shoppers lined up at the kiosk run by Lumbee Homemade Ice Cream, where Dorsey Hunt was serving strawberry, chocolate, vanilla, grape and other flavors.
“Everywhere we set up, people just bombard us,” said Hunt, who has been selling ice cream during outdoor events with her son and husband for more than a decade. “It’s the best ice cream in the county and our new customers are always telling us how good it is.”
Backing up Hunt’s claim was Veronica Locklear, who tried the Hunt family’s ice cream for the first time during the yard sale.
“It’s a whole lot better than what you get at the grocery store,” she said.
During the yard sale, each vendor paid $20 for a space to set up shop. The event raised more than $1,500 for downtown Lumberton. Taylor said the money will go toward “marketing and improving downtown.”
For more information about upcoming events from the Revitalize Downtown Lumberton group, call Taylor at 910-739-1111.