As you cruise along US Highway 301 in Johnston County you travel a bi-way that's been largely forgotten to time since the creation of Interstate 95. Traversed now mostly by locals, 301 goes directly through the small towns of Kenly, Micro, Selma, Smithfield, Four Oaks, and Benson (moving from North to South). As you shop along the route during the 2 days of the 301 Endless Yard Sale - hunting for antiques, collectibles, DIY finds, and yard sale treasures - don't forget the local establishments on the side of the road serving-up food to restore your shopping energy. You'll not only be supporting local, but you'll also be rediscovering the slices of Americana that still exist in these places off the beaten path.
404 S. Church St., Kenly, NC 27542
This family-owned BBQ joint serves up the Eastern-style 'que beloved by this region of the state. They have indoor and outdoor seating and are located just feet from 301. Stormin' Norman's is also just a few minutes from all the vendor locations along the route in Kenly like the Tobacco Farm Life Museum.
317 US 301 South, Micro, NC 27555
Offering Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, Fries, Bologna Sandwiches, Sausage Dogs, BLT's, Fried and Grilled Chicken Sandwiches, and More. Located in Micro, which is a small town that has a lot of residential yard sales along the route during the sale. Jake's is a cash only business.
Creech Drug Company
126 N. Raiford St., Selma, NC 27576
Remember that downtown Selma has multiple brick-and-mortar antique stores located just beyond the tented vendors along the 301 route. Be sure to stop and peruse those stores as well, all of them locally-owned. While you're in downtown stop in a Creech Drug Company; they're old-fashioned, complete with a soda-fountain counter serving up ice cream and fresh-squeezed orange-aid.
The Chicken Barn
703-B E. Market St., Smithfield, NC 27577
In the South there's a certain wisdom in knowing that good food can be found in a gas station. The Chicken Barn is a hidden gem that shares space with a service station just feet from 301 in the heart of Downtown Smithfield. Explore the downtown area while you're there and then easily return to your 301 treasure hunt.
White Swan BBQ
3198 US Hwy 301 S., Smithfield, NC 27577
This is BBQ done right for decades, with the patience and history behind it. There's nothing fancy about White Swan because there doesn't have to be... it's just really good BBQ. Between The Chicken Barn and White Swan is the Bright Leaf Flea Market. This shopping mecca on 301 draws weekend shoppers year-round but is especially hoppin' during the endless yard sale.
In Four Oaks there are vendor locations and places to rest from the road like Stanfield's General Store - still serving soda in actual glass bottles. But, the real artists in this small town are Ogi and Vine & Branch, be sure to take your finds to them once the 301 Endless Yard Sale is over. Ogi makes hand-crafted furniture out of reclaimed wood and Vine & Branch can turn your drab, diamond-in-the-rough furniture find into a shabby-chic piece in no time.
206 S. Main St., Four Oaks, NC 27524
Vine & Branch
303 N. Main St., Four Oaks, NC 27524
Morgan's on Main
119 E. Main St., Benson, NC 27504
Located in Benson, Morgan's on Main always has a vendor booth at the sale as well as a large, permanent store-front in downtown. They also sell a vast selection of chalk paint if you're looking to DIY your finds along the route.
Glenda's Sweet Shoppe & Grille
300 S. Wall St., Benson, NC 27504
Glenda's has fresh, homemade grill items and also ice cream treats to cool off after all the hard bargaining you've done along the route. Not to mention Jenny's Sweet Creations in downtown and JP's Gluten-free Pastries for those with dietary restrictions and a sweet tooth.
Enjoy the 301 Endless Yard Sale this year! Shop til you Drop... but, not literally... we want you stay safe out there and have a good time: sunscreen, hydration, cautious driving, and don't forget cash!