Parents, teachers and community volunteers had spent days organizing the donated electronics, clothing, household goods, toys, furniture, exercise equipment, books, jewelry, boutique items and more before the doors opened Saturday to a record crowd. The mood was festive as children played with a prized toy or stuffed animal and men and women searched through neatly displayed merchandise or dug through the stacks of clothing. Very few individuals left empty-handed, and some even found the exact treasure they had been searching for, at the perfect price.
Area teacher Erie Head was excited as she looked through the stacks of children’s clothing selling for 50 cents apiece.
“This annual sale is really important for this community,” Head said. “If people could see the needs that I see every day at school they would realize how special it is for families in our community to be able to come here and buy good clothes and other items at such great prices.”
First Baptist Church School director Orpha Garcia invited one local family, whose home was recently destroyed by fire, to shop free of charge at Saturday’s benefit sale. Fire Marshal James P. Barrie, who has helped with local efforts to assist the family since the fire, accompanied Jessica Garcia and her two children to the FBCS rummage sale. A friend helped the family load up a mini-van with boxes of clothing, household goods and special toys they selected from the sale.
“Our First Baptist Church School rummage sale was more than a financial success for the school,” Garcia said. “It was also a special blessing as we were able to reach out and help this local family and others with their needs.”
Registration for the 2012-13 school year at First Baptist Church School is currently open to the public. FBCS offers classes for preschool through sixth grade, including preschool curriculum for the little ones. Their program also includes enrichment classes, P.E., chapel, hot lunches and before and after school care.