Yard sales remain big part of Labor Day weekend

by Sarah Fay Campbell


This is the first year that artist Jerry Peters of New Site, Ala., has been set up along Franklin Highway for Labor Day weekend. 

There may not be a Powers’ Crossroads festival this weekend, but that doesn’t mean there is a shortage of shopping options.

On Friday, several yard sales, craft fairs and miniature flea markets were set up along Franklin Highway – just like usual.

Eva Montalvo of Franklin, who sells second-hand children’s clothing and toys, said she made just as much money Friday as she usually would on a Friday before the Powers’ Festival.

“I didn’t think I was going to,” she said. She was worried business would be off without the festival, but “after today, I think we’re going to be OK,” Montalvo said.

She thinks her location, at the Witters’ on Hwy. 34, is one reason why business is good.

The biggest concentration of yard sales and other vendors is along Franklin Highway/Hwy. 34 West, but it’s a big weekend for yard sales all over Coweta County.

Jerry Peters, a painter from New Site, Alabama, has never exhibited along Hwy. 34 before. He’s not worried there won’t be a Powers’ Festival this year. “I’m somewhere every weekend,” he said.

David Haywood of Yummy Tummy Concessions – also at the Witters’ – said he did a lot more business Friday than he usually does. However, there aren’t as many vendors as he is accustomed to.

Haywood thinks the Labor Day weekend yard sale/flea market extravaganza will continue to flourish, even without Powers’.

“The people I’ve talked to do more yard sales than Powers' anyway,” he said. “My customers are always saying everything is so expensive at Powers’.”

David Bradley said, “Maybe we can start advertising: there’s no Powers’ Crossroads but yard sales up and down 34.” Maybe Coweta could begin hosting something like the “mile long yard sales” popular in other areas, he said.

Bradley was set up at his uncle Donald McLendon’s property on Hwy. 34. McLendon has had a yard sale there for many years, but it’s Bradley’s first time selling art instead of yard sale items.

He took up painting just four months ago. He’s a quick learner, with an array of painted saws, saw blades, and gourds, as well as other items.

He’s disabled and one day said to himself, “I’m going to go to the barn and start doing something.”

So he started painting. McLendon isn’t sure what to expect in the future without Powers’ Crossroads. “I might have to quit. That’s what brought people in,” he said.

Several visitors on Franklin Highway Friday were people who didn’t know the festival had been cancelled. McLendon and Bradley talked to such a group from Alabama.

“They were really disappointed,” Bradley said.

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