- Last Updated on 08:06 AM 07/02/14
- BY The Gazette-Virginian
She’s back at it again this July 4… well, it’s on Saturday, July 5, this year.
Halifax County native Jerri (Simmons) Morton, now a retired educator living in Burkeville, is continuing her efforts again this summer to bring people to her part of Virginia.
Several years ago she originated the idea of having a 100-miles plus yard sale in one single day, and from all accounts, it went off without a hitch — some even called it “a resounding success.”
The next year’s was an even bigger hit, and last year’s topped that one.
So this year she’s doing it again promising an even bigger and better event that she is calling the “More than 100 miles of Yard Sales.”
The annual 100-Plus Miles Yard Sale is scheduled for Saturday, July 5, from 7 a.m. until the last buyer leaves the sales.
Although its 100-mile stretch does not quite reach into Halifax County (yet), she invites all county residents to trek over to Keysville in Charlotte County where the fun begins on this end.
Burkeville is the hub of the 100-mile yard sale, she says, but the entire yard sale path runs the U. S. 360 corridor from Chula Junction in Amelia west to Keysville, then along U. S. 15 north through Farmville and then the business U.S. 460 corridor east to Rice, Burkeville, Crewe, Nottoway Courthouse and Blackstone.
All along the way are yard sales and more yard sales.
Sellers may set up anywhere along the route where spaces are available.
When she brainstormed this idea several years ago, Jerri said she envisioned it becoming an annual event, sort of like the flea market extravaganza held each Labor Day weekend in Hillsville that attracts thousands of people to that area.
She already has plans for next year’s July 4, 2015 sale, and the next year on July 2, 2016 and the next year on July 1, 2017….
And the 74-year-old isn’t stopping there. She has 100-plus mile yard sales planned through July 4, 2026.
They aren’t only planned, but their dates have been set and published on business cards and flyers she hands out across the area.
And for those readers who are trying to place who Jerri is, she is the daughter of one of my favorite aunts, Gladys Simmons, who lived in the Alton community for years before moving to the Masonic Home in Richmond. She also is the daughter of the late Clarence Simmons.
For more information or specific directions to the 100-mile yard sale, call Jerri at 434-767-2324 (home) or 804-334-2506 (cell). She also can be found on Facebook at vayardsalemiles.
Happy July 4th!