LONGVIEW, Texas (KLTV) - If you’re a bargain hunter, and who isn’t, have we got a sale for you, and the whole thing benefits struggling families.
The annual Asbury House Child Enrichment Center Garage Sale is this Friday and Saturday at First United Methodist Church in downtown Longview.
It’s pretty much 200 garage sales all in the same place. Asbury House Board Vice President Ellen Gordon has been helping put a value on thousands of items.
“The pricing has got to be overwhelming,” I said to Ellen.
“Every single item in here is priced, and everything is highly organized, so if you come in looking for something, it won’t take you long to find it," Ellen said. “It’s not like a typical garage sale. Everything here is pretty orderly and everything has a sticker.”
For instance, if you’re into yesterday’s technology today, well there’s a whole aisle of it.
“All the electrical and electronic things have been tested, so they are working. And if somebody gets some, and they don’t work, they bring it right back, and we’ll give them their money back,” Ellen stated.
If you need big furniture, well there’s plenty of that, there are even those hard-to-find items like Zoomies and UFO remote-controlled aircraft. They’ve been collecting donations since May, and that’s pretty apparent.
“We just have a lot of money that we have to raise every year to keep our doors open,” Ellen explained.
The sale is the big yearly fund raiser for Asbury.
“It is a nonprofit preschool. It was a mission of the United Methodist Church, and a lot of United Methodists and a lot of other people are supporting Asbury House to this very day,” Ellen revealed.
And volunteers come out of the woodwork, or maybe their garages, to help with set up, pricing, and sales, like Bill Caine, who is in tools and sporting goods.
“If you pick something up out here, it’s going to work because we’ve got a man that’s doing nothing but checking. Eighty percent of the stuff is new,” Bill said.
In fact, there is quite a bit of new merchandise at a fraction of the cost. Some even have the original price stickers on the bottom.
“The deals on the stuff is great, but this is about the kids,” I said to Bill.
“It is. It’s all about kids,” Bill agreed.
“We really appreciate the support of the public for the Asbury House,” Ellen added.
The 47th Annual Asbury House Garage sale runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 2 and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Aug. 3. There is a $2 charge to rummage for deals.