Communities Connect with Highway 21 Treasure Hunt

Another summer has arrived and ’tis the season for rummage sales. Few though, are larger than the Highway 21 Treasure Hunt.

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Posted June 27, 2014

By COLE BENZ | Herald Editor | cbenz@countrymedia.net

Another summer has arrived and ’tis the season for rummage sales. Few though, are larger than the Highway 21 Treasure Hunt.

Stretching from New England to St. Anthony, the annual event brings out both buyers and sellers of all sorts from around the south west region of North Dakota.

Starting on June 20 and spanning a two day period, the large sale was an all day event both Friday and Saturday.

In order to get your sale on the list, you needed to register by June 9, but that wasn’t required to put up a sale. Overall there were 115 officially registered sellers, but according to New England organizer Butch Frank, the number was slightly higher.

“There were probably closer to 130 with all the people that weren’t on the list.”

Official sales registered by city were as follows: Regent (2), Mott (25), New Leipzig (6), Elgin (33), Heil (3), New England (24), Carson (9), Flasher & St. Anthony (13).

Local New England resident Gwen Rice had a role reversal experience this year

“I’m usually a buyer, not a seller,” Rice said.

From her garage view there was a good turn out, she began seeing some of her items purchased even before the noon hour on the opening day of the event, even selling an item not laid out on the tables in her garage

“…took the dresser right out of my room,” Rice said.

The event was given an extra boost this year as it was listed as a North Dakota Legendary
event.

Coordinating the event is Luann Dart, who thinks the event is a great boost for the local economy.

“The Highway 21 Treasure Hunt has a large economic impact on the area,” Dart said.

According to a registration log located at an Elgin sale, there were over 250 shoppers that passed through the event.

“Sales went well this year,” Dart said. “I want to thank everyone who had a sale, and those who supported the sales, and I especially thank the community coordinators who make this event such a success.”

Next year’s sale is already scheduled for June 19-20 in 2015.

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