Talk about learning from your mistakes.
Last year, members of the Ladies Club at St. James Catholic Church thought they’d made enough frozen casseroles to satisfy hungry shoppers at their annual Rummage Sale and Food Bazaar.
Instead, they ran out of food before 10 o’clock in the morning.
“People were asking for more. So this year, we’ve increased the number of pans by 40 percent,” said Rhonda Hanby, chairman. “We’ve got over 400 pans of frozen casseroles for sale.”
The event is Saturday, Nov. 1, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Catholic Life Center, located on the north side of St. James Catholic Church, 845 Lakeshire Drive, Tupelo.
The food bazaar will feature frozen casseroles, soups and breakfast foods as well as fresh baked goods, breads, cakes, pies, cookies and brownies.
The rummage sale will offer clothing, toys, appliances, new and used furniture, books, electronics, office equipment, toys, building supplies, housewares, bedding and linens and home decor.
Several frozen casseroles will be back by popular demand, such as Mary Thomas’ Shrimp & Noodle Casserole, Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas, Jamin’ Jambalaya and Chicken Pot Pie.
New items include Apple Sausage Stuffing, Sweet Potatoes and Shrimp, Cranberry and Cream Cheese Salad and Caramel Pecan Rolls.
Prices range from $6 to $8 for an 8×2-inch pan; $12 to $14 for an 8×8-inch pan; and $18 to $20 for a 9×13-inch pan.
Specialty foods, like carrot cakes, caramel cakes, cookies, pound cakes, pumpkin pies, apple pies, fresh breads and home-canned goods, will vary in price.
“It’s better to get there early to get the best selection,” said Hanby.
Homemade crafts added
This year, the group is adding a new feature to the event: booths filled with homemade crafts.
Items will include jewelry, candles, wooden frames, monogrammed items, Hispanic items, baby blankets, pottery, wrought iron pieces, crosses, Christmas wreaths and tree skirts.
“These will make great Christmas presents for the upcoming holidays,” she said.
Last year, the Ladies Club raised almost $13,000. The money went toward Vacation Bible School, college scholarships, senior citizen dinners and Bingo, playground equipment and Catholic charities.
This year, they’re hoping for more than $14,000.
For more information, call Hanby at (662) 690-9685.
Ginna Parsons/NEMS Daily Journal