Photo courtesy of Bluff Park UMC.
Bluff Park UMC
Children at Bluff Park UMC take some of the proceeds from Bargains on the Bluff to buy food and other supplies for children in need.
Bluff Park United Methodist Church will host the spring installment of its popular “Bargains on the Bluff” women’s and children’s consignment sale Friday, Feb. 26, from 9 a.m.-6 p.m., and Saturday, Feb. 27, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
“Bargains on the Bluff” raises money for the church’s Little Imaginations Preschool and its other children’s programs.
The event will feature all sizes of clothing – preemie, preteen, junior and maternity – as well as children’s toys, books, accessories and furniture. Select merchandise will be marked down 25 percent on Saturday.
Registration for consignors opened in early January, and those interested should check the church’s web site for details, according to Melissa Hendon, program coordinator for the church’s children’s ministry.
After several years of raising money for a playground, organizers can now direct a large portion of the proceeds to the church’s Vacation Bible School and other mission and community outreach programs the children take part in, according to Hendon.
Using money raised at the sales, the kids at the church go on shopping trips to buy food, school supplies and other items for distribution to less fortunate children at schools in the Birmingham area or through the United Methodist Committee on Relief. “We will go to Wal-Mart with a huge parade of kids going through the store and buying three or four buggies of stuff,” Hendon said.
And the consignment sales are a lot of fun, in part due to the positive attitude of the volunteers, according to Hendon. “We love what we do and we love our purpose,” she said. “So when people come to shop, they can see it.”
There will be a volunteer and consignor preview sale on Thursday, Feb. 25. Volunteers who work two or more shifts can shop that day beginning at 2 p.m., and volunteers who work one shift can begin shopping at 3 p.m. Consignors can shop at 4 p.m. The preview sale will continue until 7 p.m.
For more information about Bargains on the Bluff, go to bluffparkumc.org.