Clemmons UMC Fall Bazaar brings bargains for shoppers, boost for missions

Published 12:00 am Thursday, October 6, 2022

It’s looking like shoppers will find the biggest Fall Bazaar ever at Clemmons United Methodist Church this weekend. The sale will run rain or shine from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 7, and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 8. Bargains will span two floors at the church, which is located at 3700 Clemmons Road. Admission is free. Proceeds support CUMC missions and ministries.

Because of COVID, it has been three years since the previous bazaar.

“Donations have been pouring in at a record pace,” said Rosanne Peacock, co-chair of the event. “After so long, folks have been eager to clean closets, garages and attics.”

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After services last Sunday, church members unloaded donations that were temporarily stored in pods. Through the week, they sorted and created displays that will welcome shoppers starting at 8 a.m. on Friday. Team leaders Deanna Jester, Chris Fitzgerald, Rosanne Peacock and Priscilla Robinette say donations this year were the most ever.

As a result, shoppers will find a a great selection on everything from gently used women’s, children’s and men’s clothing to baby items, toys, furniture, books, holiday and household items, a boutique, electronics, outdoor and sporting goods. There will be tasty treats in the bakery shop as well as a silent auction.

“It’s so exciting to think about the scope of this event, because it means so much to our missions projects,” said Chris Fitzgerald, also a leader of the planning team. “Outreach to those in need is a hallmark of CUMC, and proceeds from the bazaar will make a tremendous difference to so many people and families.

Church volunteers spend hundreds of hours preparing for and working the event, but the payback is worth it, they say. “The sense of helping others and the camaraderie that happens when people work together are priceless,” Peacock adds.

Co-chairs Peacock, Fitzgerald, Deanna Jester and Priscilla Robinette, along with the congregation of CUMC, invite the community to join the CUMC Bazaar this weekend.