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Highway 21 Treasure Hunt: A rummage sale unlike any other

North Dakota's Highway 21 will for the 19th time play host to the annual treasure hunt rummage sale.

Rummage sales are a big part of North Dakota's summer activities tradition, and eager buyers can participate in the “Highway 21 Treasure Hunt” which includes sales in Flasher, Carson, Heil, Elgin, New Leipzig, Mott, Regent and New England — among others. (Dickinson Press file photo)
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Discover some treasures and have some fun during North Dakota’s 19th annual 100-mile rummage sale known as the “Highway 21 Treasure Hunt” on June 18 and 19.

The Highway 21 Treasure Hunt will begin at 8 a.m. and run through 5 p.m. both days.

“With 100 or more rummage sales along the 100-mile route, this is the most unique rummage sale event in North Dakota,” Luann Dart, event coordinator from Elgin, N.D., said.

According to Dart, Elgin alone has more than 35 sales listed this year — a record number, as participation in the event rebounds following a nearly event-free 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

During the event, communities along Highway 21 in southwestern North Dakota will host citywide rummage sales and include a number of participating communities such as Flasher, Carson, Heil, Elgin, New Leipzig, Mott, Regent and New England.


Rural residents host sales, too, so participants are reminded to watch for signs along the route for additional sales.

“Anyone who enjoys rummage sales will love this event,” Dart said. “It’s fun to travel the route during this unique event and discover lots of treasures.”

Listings for each community’s sales will be available at certain locations in that community, such as restaurants or gas stations, as well as on the Highway 21 Treasure Hunt Facebook page and online at elginnorthdakota.com prior to the event.

“Hundreds of people have discovered the treasures along Highway 21 during the annual Highway 21 Treasure Hunt,” Dart said. “We encourage everyone to plan to attend the 2021 event.”

For more information, contact Luann Dart at 701-584-2172.

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