PAnews.com, Port Arthur, Texas

November 16, 2013

Gigantic garage sale offers bargains galore

Sherry Koonce
The Port Arthur News

Shoppers got early Saturday looking for bargains and they found plenty among the rows and rows of tables at Port Arthur’s Gigantic Garage Sale.

Whether it was clothes, tools, Beatles memorabilia, a dog kennel or even a lighted skull, there was something for everyone under one big roof at the Robert E. “Bob” Bowers Civic Center.

This year’s Gigantic Garage Sale was the second sponsored by MISTERS, a Port Arthur social and civic organization whose acronym stands for Men in Sports Teaching Educating Representing Southeast Texas.

This year 52 booths were filled with all kinds of bargain items for sale under one big roof.

“We’ve had a real good turnout. The attendance is about 300 people so far, and it’s only 9 a.m.,” Sanders said.

Among those looking for bargains were, Brandie Oranday, 33, of Bridge City, her mother Laronda Free, 53, of Port Acres, and friend Christy Griffin, 43, of Bridge City, were at the garage sale nearly from the moment the doors opened at 8 a.m.

Though Oranday said her mom dragged her out during the early Saturday morning hours, her eyes told a different story.

“It’s Saturday, and I should be sleeping, but, it’s a garage sale friend. What’s not to like about it,” Oranday said. “It’s indoors, great bin and all in one place. Plus, you don’t have to have a map to get here.”

Juanita Johnson, of Port Arthur, spent some time at Sandee’s Jewelry, a booth owned by Civic Center garage sale veteran Sandy Judice.

“It’s my fifth year here; I usually sell real good,” Judice said.

While Johnson tried on an array of bling for herself, she admitted she came with Christmas gifts in mind.

“You can find bargains galore,” she said.

Travis Woods, 60, traveled from Buna to set up a booth with his wife of 37-years.

“This is the first garage sale we’ve ever had,” he said.

Woods’ booth offered guitars, clothing and a wide array of household and gift items — things they’ve been talking about selling for awhile now.

“We’ve been wanting to have a garage sale, but we live out in the middle of the woods on 50 acres. Saw this in the paper and thought it would be a good way to have one,” Woods said.

Proceeds from the event benefited MISTER programs, including elderly assistance, and their upcoming Thanksgiving meal , where members drop off meals to 64 underprivileged families.

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