Annual Giggles and Grace sale set

Published 4:07 pm Tuesday, January 26, 2010

On the weekend of Feb. 19-20 hundreds of mothers, grandmothers, fathers and aunts will pour into Asbury United Methodist Church to fill their kids closets.

Asbury’s bi–annual Giggles and Grace consignment sale offers items from 330 consignors. One of the sale’s many organizers, Gina McIntyre said this event provides great deals for consignors and customers.

“For people who are really looking to clothe their children, this is a great sale,” McIntyre said. “It’s also great for the consignors who make a little money, and of course, for our missions.”

At the church’s sale last fall, organizers brought in more than $27,000 to sponsor children’s ministries and other local mission work.

“We’ve done all kinds of stuff that our church wouldn’t be able to do otherwise,” she said.

They’ve funded a project for Bible translation in New Guinea, provided donations to Hannah Home, Lovelady and Oak Mountain Missions.

The group has even provided funds to help a family come out of foreclosure.

“It’s a fundraiser, but its also a huge mission outreach,” she said. “I just love it too as a way to bring people into our church.”

McIntyre said 10 percent of the proceeds provides vouchers to families in need. The families can use the vouchers at the sale to purchase clothing, toys, books and furniture for their children.

“Giving them these vouchers allow these families to get much more for their money than if we gave them $100 to go spend at a store,” she said.

McIntyre said the sale includes clothes for kids from newborns to juniors. It also includes furniture such as changing tables, rocking chairs and beds. It also includes educational DVDs, books and games. Parents can also find tons of toys at much lower costs than in stores.