After a year without the annual Missions Garage Sale at First United Methodist, the Waxahachie community can soon seek bargains again to support local missions and charities.

The giant garage sale will return 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 1 in the Family Life Center at the FUMC, located at 505 W. Marvin Ave. Donations to sell will be accepted 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 31 at the same location, said Nancy Fenton, FUMC missions committee member.

“We’ve been doing this for a number of years, where the church uses the garage sale to support missions,” said David Linguist, FUMC missions committee chairman. “We’ve always been excited to support the local missions in town.”

Last year, the person who headed up the garage sale had surgery and the committee didn’t have the manpower to organize the sale, so it was canceled, Darleen Stroope, a FUMC missions committee member said.

“I believe we’re going to have a lot of people this year, because people have known about our sale in previous years,” Stroope said. “People line up early in the morning at the doors, and around the church, waiting to get in. They know this is a tremendous event.”

On average, the garage sale raises between $6,000 and $8,000. The committee is hoping to exceed that amount, especially with the help of 150-200 volunteers, Linguist said. The money goes toward non-profits like the Texas Ramp Project, Meals-on-Wheels, the Hope Clinic and Common Ground Ministries.

Those who donate items to sell can shop on Friday night, but the sale will be open to the public Saturday. Shoppers could find appliances, art pieces, books, electronics, furniture, gently used clothing, knick-knacks, outdoors tools, sporting goods, etc.

“One year, I went there and I found a dress that was suitable to wear to my granddaughter’s wedding,” Stroope said. “There’s everything there.”

For more information on volunteer opportunities or donations to bring, call FUMC at 972-937-4400.

“This sale means the ability for a church to come together and do something as a whole congregation to raise money for the people on the front line, who are helping others,” Linguist said. “It’s exciting.”