Friday, September 21, 2012
By EARTHA TERRELL
Participants cleaned out their car trunks and opened their hearts during “Treasure in Your Trunk” at Immaculate Heart of Mary Sept. 15.
“This is our ninth year doing the “Treasures in Your Trunk” sale and we started out very small from 60 to now 120. Participants pay a fee of $10 and come here and sell their treasures. I think it’s safer to come to a place like this rather than your house. It’s very inexpensive and we’re able to write those checks and help those who are less fortunate. We don’t keep the money. We donate it to St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, Needles Eye and the church,” said Immaculate Heart of Mary Social Connections Treasurer Denise Anderson.
The parking lot of Immaculate Heart of Mary looked more like a shopping mall as participants went from table to table finding the best bargain, which included a variety of gently-used goods for low prices. Trunks were full of goods from shoes to papier-mache pi ±atas, all waiting to be sold. Some were satisfied with selling a few items, but were more interested in spending time with neighbors and friends.
“I enjoy being around the people and getting rid of things that I don’t need. Those who stop by are liking and buying. Everyone here likes what they are getting and you can’t beat the price,” said Joanne Manes.
The event not only provided an outlet for some to get rid of their old things, but it also gave potential entrepreneurs the opportunity to showcase their craft. People sold handmade scarves and jewelry. Desiree Brophy, who began designing her own photo book covers after being unemployed, hoped the event would eventually lead to more business throughout the community.
“I became unemployed and decided to do this in my spare time. I’m hoping it gets a little bigger than what it is now. I’m hoping to keep growing,” Brophy said.