MISSOURI CITY—From clothes to collectibles to jewelry; hundreds of bargain hunters gathered in the parking lot of Missouri City's City Hall Saturday to shop 'til they drop at the annual community-wide garage sale.
"It's a one stop shopping area," said Jennifer Sooy, The Missouri City Recreation Superintendent. "It couldn't be at a better time, with the way the finances have been hitting folks."
City officials say they have been holding this event the first Saturday of every November for the past five years and each year seems to get even bigger and better. With booth rentals starting out a only $10, most sellers boast major profits. They like the fact that they didn't even have to advertise, because the city already did all that.
It's not just Missouri City. Many other cities including churches and HOA's are holding similar events, and Saturday's bargain shoppers say they like the growing trend.
"With the economy being that it is, I think this is the perfect kind of activity for our community," said Beatrice Beasley, a bargain shopper.
There were also some non-profit groups that recently discovered these type of mass garage sales can be creative fundraisers during a time when donations are dwindling.
"I think we've raised several hundred dollars, which will go a long way," said Susan Culver of Fort Bend County's "Save Our Strays" Organization. "We have several dogs that need heart worm treatment and that can be costly."
Besides the wide variety of selection and deep discounts, today's shoppers also say they like the many free parking spaces, the portable restrooms, the food concession stands, and the diverse atmosphere.