De­catur Pickin’Time sports five lo­ca­tions along 59

Westside Eagle-Observer - - NEWS - By Mike Eck­els meck­

DE­CATUR — It’s “Pickin’ Time on 59” once again and many De­catur area res­i­dents joined oth­ers along the High­way 59 cor­ri­dor Sept. 28-30 to par­tic­i­pate in this, the big­gest an­nual sale event for this re­gion of North­west Arkansas. Ev­ery kind of ar­ti­fact imag­in­able was avail­able for pur­chase, at the right price.

Driv­ing the length of High­way 59 from Siloam Springs to Sul­phur Springs, trav­el­ers were treated to scenes of end­less yard sales and flea mar­kets that sprang up overnight to take ad­van­tage of this hugely suc­cess­ful free event.

As in years past, Pickin’ Time was spon­sored by a joint ven­ture be­tween the cham­bers of com­merce from Siloam Springs, Gen­try, De­catur, Gravette and Sul­phur Springs.

Jean John­son from De­catur rep­re­sented the De­catur Cham­ber of Com­merce on the Pickin’ Time com­mit­tee this year. Us­ing her time and tal­ents, John­son was able to round up area res­i­dents who had ev­ery­day house­hold items, col­lectibles and an­tiq­ui­ties they no longer needed but had no place from which to sell them. The cham­ber’s site at Vet­er­ans Park filled this need.

Com­ing into De­catur from the south, the first flea mar­ket and the largest in the city was lo­cated near the De­catur Sal­vage fa­cil­ity, lo­cated just out­side the city lim­its. Vis­i­tors were able to browse through more than 25 booths con­tain­ing items from old saw blades, head­boards and books to cloth­ing, ac­ces­sories and stuffed Snoopy dolls.

In all, five large lo­ca­tions and sev­eral smaller tents lined Main Street and Vet­er­ans Park, mak­ing this one of the most suc­cess­ful Pickin’ Times on 59 in the last four years for the De­catur Cham­ber.

Photo by Mike Eck­els

Kai­ley Suther­land (left) watched over her par­ents’ open-air booth as two vis­i­tors looked through the many items on sale dur­ing Pickin’ Time on 59 events near the De­catur Sal­vage com­pound on the south side of De­catur on Sept. 29.

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