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Mike Boozer prices bikes and other exercise equipment for a church garage sale and silent auction at First United Methodist Church.
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Mike Boozer prices bikes and other exercise equipment for a church garage sale and silent auction at First United Methodist Church.

Antiques to help church build fellowship hall

By Melanie B. Smith
msmith@decaturdaily.com 340-2468

Items for sale crowded the First United Methodist fellowship hall, spilling into a hallway and classrooms.

Someone joked Wednesday that maybe organizers had prayed too hard for donations.

The Treasure Seekers Bazaar will include a silent auction for Oriental carpets, a delicate painting from China, antique dining sets, a handcrafted cradle thought to be 200 years old, an old spinning wheel, original art and more.

The sale will be Friday and Saturday, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. The silent auction will end Saturday at 9 a.m.

The Seekers Sunday school class developed the sale to raise money for the church's new building, said Joe Carl and Tom Early.

Joking that the group of about 25 couples was a "poor class," Carl said they had no idea that valuable antiques would come in. Some items have a reserve, he said.

There's a handmade solid walnut bed from Tennessee that is fairly rare, said Pat Carl.

She said local artists Dot Oliver, Paul Hargrove and Susan Estes have donated their works. Estes will do calligraphy of any hymn the winning bidder's chooses.

Also in the silent auction is an offbeat pair of unworn slippers featuring vinyl caricatures of President Reagan and Nancy Reagan; he is the left slipper and she's the right, and both are cushioned in flags.

Bedroom sets, sunroom furniture, chairs, kitchen supplies, lamps, exercise equipment, bicycles and outdoor preschool toys are in the bazaar.

The class members said that every penny raised will go to a $3.9 million building project. Volunteers donated advertising costs and even tuning for a donated piano.

The building will give a much-needed new fellowship hall and classrooms to the growing congregation, members said. About 250 people squeeze into the current fellowship hall that can comfortably seat only 200, they said.

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