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Longview church stages annual sale to benefit ministry – Longview News |

Longview church stages annual sale to benefit ministry – Longview News

Several thousand shoppers are expected to seek out bargains and even collectible items today and Saturday during Mobberly Baptist Church’s eighth annual rummage sale.

Thousands of items have been donated, including clothing, furniture, toys, electronics and seasonal decor, organizer Greg Scobee said.

Most of the items, which fill rows of tables in the 25,000-square-foot Longview Exhibit Building at Longview Fairgrounds, were dropped off this week.

Scobee said the event has grown each year. Last year’s rummage sale raised more than $20,000.

“The hardest part is making sure we have quality donations and volunteers,” Scobee said. “It has to be well-organized, and every (donation) is tested to make sure it works.”

The profits from the sale will make up more than half of the budget for Mobberly Family Services, the church’s charitable fund for families in need of financial assistance.

The fund allows the church to provide gasoline vouchers, rent or utility assistance and grocery store gift cards to families who demonstrate financial need, said Johnny Norwood, associate minister of family services at Mobberly.

“Our mission is to give complete and total spiritual, emotional and financial ministry (to those in need),” Norwood said. “So you can find bargains and know your money went to a good cause.”

Amy Harriss is one of about 100 volunteers who help organize and run the event. In years past, unusual items such as a vintage saddle and a lifeguard’s stand have drawn serious collectors and bargain hunters, she said. This year’s standout pieces include a handmade needlepoint rug and crystal dinnerware.

“It’s great fun to find treasures and see what other people donate,” she said. “You just never know what you’re going to get.”

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