The 14th annual Route 11 Yard Crawl, which features items for sale by residents along the 43 miles of U.S. Route 11 in Shenandoah County as well as north to Stephens City in Frederick County, is Aug. 11.
“This is Virginia’s largest yard sale,” said Sharon Baroncelli, executive director of the Shenandoah County Chamber of Commerce. “This brings residents and visitors to the area as a destination for people to take part in a community-wide event.”
A few of the more popular areas for sellers include Fishers Hill, the Edinburg Flea Market, Shenandoah Valley Flea Market, and the Stephens City Commons Area, she said.
Anything, she said, can be found at the Crawl, including collectibles and furniture. The event has taken on a life of its own, growing over the years.
Baroncelli said 30,000 to 40,000 cars on average pass through the entire route of the Crawl.
“It’s been great. We hear from so many people from all over, such as Florida and New York. They call us to ask about the date so they can plan vacations for it. We also hear from a lot of students; it’s the perfect time to get ready for college,” she said.
In fact, a college student won last year’s Yard Crawl Scavenger Hunt, which returns this year, Baroncelli said.
“Hundreds take part in the scavenger hunt,” she said, adding that there is no need to buy anything for the hunt. The winner receives a Route 11 Yard Crawl T-shirt and a $50 gift certificate to the Edinburg Flea Market.
Also returning this year is the Route 11 Yard Crawl Flip, a local version of the HGTV show Flea Market Flip.
Participants shop the Crawl and then refurbish or reinvent the item to resell for a profit. That will be done when the items are displayed for auction at AutumnFest on Oct. 13 at the Shenandoah County Fairgrounds. Proceeds from the sales are split between the participant and the Leadership Shenandoah County scholarship program.
Anyone wanting to take part in the Route 11 Yard Crawl Flip must enter by Sept. 3. Entry forms can be found on the Crawl’s Facebook page.
The chamber is urging businesses along Route 11 to offer “Crawl specials,” Baroncelli said, adding that those businesses will have orange balloons on display designating them as a participant.
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For more information on the Crawl, visit www.route11yardcrawl.org or call 540-459-2542.