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Market raises funds for missions

James Robb looks at items for sale at the annual community wide market Saturday, hosted by Jefferson Street United Methodist Church.

James Robb looks at items for sale at the annual community wide market Saturday, hosted by Jefferson Street United Methodist Church. (Sam Gause / The Natchez Democrat)

NATCHEZ Furniture, bird houses and other knickknacks flew off tables Saturday during a mega garage sale.

The Community-Wide Market is an annual event hosted by the United Methodist Women of Jefferson Street United Methodist Church, which raises funds for future mission projects.

“People come in and bring their goods — whether it’s new or old,” Community-Wide Market co-chairperson Millicent Mayo said.

The Community-Wide Market doubled in vendor size this year, offering more items than before.

“I think everyone has done real well,” Mayo said. “We have had some out-of-town people come this year to be vendors.”

Booths were located inside and outside the church with multiple Miss-Lou residents scrambling to get their hands on the best product to take home.

Among the many products was an old record player, which still works and requires the user to crank the record player before they can enjoy some good tunes.

“You have to crank it, crank it and crank it to make it start,” Mayo said.

Community-Wide Market co-chairperson Brenda Williams said the market is a goldmine for bargain shoppers.

“Just multiple items here are what we like to call ‘trash to treasure,’” she said.

Among the vendors were Derek and Mary Allen Pyron, who were deemed the king and queen of the Community-Wide Market by Williams for attracting many Miss-Lou residents to their booth.

“We married recently and we were consolidating two homes,” Mary said. “We decided to sell the stuff we don’t use any more.”

Mary said one of the most popular items they sold was Derek’s 1950s lingerie dresser, which belonged to his grandmother.

“It’s been a lot of fun to come out,” Derek said.

Also at the event was Donna Jones and Nathalie Harris, who hand-made bird houses and fairy gardens with a labor of love.

“It’s a great experience to be able to share your creation with buyers around the area,” Jones said.

Many of United Methodist Women’s projects include supporting organizations such as the Natchez Stew Pot, Natchez-Adams County Habitat for Humanity, the Ebola Project and the Natchez Children’s Home Services.

The United Methodist Women recently sewed 25 pairs of shorts and 64 dresses for children in Liberia, Africa, which will be hand delivered later this year.

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