VILONIA — The Vilonia Area Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for the annual Bargains Galore on 64 to be held Thursday-Saturday.
"There will be hundreds of people coming through here from all around the country looking to buy," said Jill Bonnema, chamber executive officer. "People already recognize the chamber’s central location (the First Assembly of God Church) since we’ve been doing it now for several years there as a one-stop shopping area."
The state’s largest garage sale, which begins in Beebe and runs 160 miles to Fort Smith, takes bargain hunters smack dab through the middle of Vilonia. While there may be several vendors set up along the way and inside the Vilonia city limits, chamber officials said the one-stop shopping area at the church has developed an enormous draw during the past three or four years.
"Lots of vendors have told us they sell out every year and those who buy tell us they appreciate the one-stop," Bonnema added. "A plus, we are listed as one of the main stops on the Bargains Galore website."
Thumbing through the vendor sheets, Bonnema listed antiques, tools and collectibles as items that vendors will be selling this year. Last year, she said, there were about 20 vendors and she anticipates having about the same number this year.
The chamber is currently renting spaces at the church at a cost of $10 a day per booth or $25 for one booth for three days. A double booth may be reserved for $40 for the three days or $15 per day for a double booth. There is an extra charge of $5 per booth for those needing electricity. Vendors are responsible for providing tents, tables and chairs.
Registration forms are online at Viloniachamberofcommerce@yahoo.com. For more information, call the chamber at 501-499-1312 or stop by the chamber office located in the Gordon Financial Center (across from Vilonia Senior Citizens building) on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.