Florida’s longest garage sale, the Super Scenic A1A Highway Garage Sale, is scheduled for Nov. 15 along the 72-mile national scenic byway through St. Johns and Flagler counties.
The event, sponsored by the Friends of A1A Scenic and Historic Coastal Byway, will begin at 8 a.m. and end when the items are sold. The byway stretches from Ponte Vedra Beach to Flagler Beach and consists of numerous scenic vistas, historic sites and cultural exhibits.
The sixth annual A1A Highway garage sale, the event has grown larger each year.
In addition to providing opportunities to sell and purchase treasures, the garage sale is held for a worthy cause.
Vendors who participate make a small contribution to the Friends of A1A, the nonprofit organization that administers the A1A National Scenic Coastal Byway, which is one of only six in the state of Florida.
For those who cannot have garage sales near their home, the Friends of A1A has organized several independent sites to accommodate them. Organized community visitor sites can be found in Ponte Vedra Beach, South Ponte Vedra Beach, Vilano Beach, Camachee Island, St. Augustine Beach, Crescent Beach, Marineland, The Hammock, Beverly Beach and Flagler Beach. For information about the sale and the Byway, go to scenica1a.org.
In addition to the Byways scenic and historic sites, there are many art galleries and several parks that feature art along the way. A small sampling of them include (starting from Ponte Vedra Beach to Flagler Beach):
■ Stellers Gallery, 240 A1A N., Suite 13, Ponte Vedra Beach, houses a variety of styles ranging from conservative and traditional, to expressionist, abstract and whimsical. The artists exhibited are international, national and local.
■ Bird Island Park, 101 Library Blvd. Ponte Vedra Beach, features mosaics of native plants and animals, each corresponding with the three different ecosystems in the park.
■ St. Augustine Art Association, 22 Marine St., St. Augustine, features scenes of St. Augustine and the Florida genre, ranging from figurative, maritime and abstract paintings to sculpture and ceramics.
■ St. Augustine Beach Sculpture Garden at Lakeside Park, 2300 A1A South, St. Augustine Beach, features 18 sculptures, mostly of an oceanic theme, and vary from and marble to granite and bronze.
■ The Baliker Gallery, 5928 N. Oceanshore Blvd., in Flagler County’s Hammock, features the work of local artist Paul Baliker, whose art is displayed nationally. Wood and bronze sculptures are life-sized, monumental and functional.
■ The Gallery of Local Art, 208 S. Central Ave., Flagler Beach, features the work of more than 40 local talented artists and includes numerous types of mediums.
Vendors and businesses interested in participating in the garage sale should register with the Friends of A1A. Participants keep all of their proceeds from sales.