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Groves

March 22, 2014

Groves Beautification Committee holds annual garage sale

GROVES — The Groves Activity Center lived up to its name Saturday morning, when vendors filled the gym to peddle their craft at the Groves Beautification Committee’s annual spring garage sale.

“We’ve had steady traffic,” GBC member Olivia Wellings, who was in charge of the garage sale, said. “There were people waiting at the door this morning.”

Judy Dykes came to Groves from her home in Lafayette, La., to sell clothes for American Girl dolls. Dykes began making the clothes herself when her granddaughter got her first American Girl doll.

“It’s the biggest craze right now,” Dykes said of the American Girl dolls. “Little girls love these.”

Dykes’ work includes a matching sleeping bag and pajama set for the dolls. Fleur di lis are prominent in her work as a nod to her Louisiana roots.

Not far from Dykes, Liz Sample sold Scentsy candle warmers and a variety of wickless candle scents including Pumpkin Roll, Mandarin Moon and Happy Birthday.

“They’re a little addictive,” she said.

Sample lives in Houston, but comes to Groves often to visit her parents.  This time, her visit coincided with the garage sale.

“It was business and pleasure,” she said.

Marty Godwin, a member of both GBC and the Friends of Groves Library organization, manned the Friends book sale.

“We did double duty,” she said. “It’s been a good day. Most people have been pleased with the turnout.”

Vendors keep profits earned from selling their products, but proceeds from the booth rentals went to the GBC committee for the maintaining and ongoing development of Celebration Park in Groves.

Located at the corner of Coolidge Street and Lincoln Avenue, the park is the site for many Groves activities, including Christmas celebrations and Affair of the Arts. It’s also a popular wedding and reunion spot, Welling said.

“People seem to enjoy it, which is why we keep it trying to look as good as we can,” she said.

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