Last year, the ladies at St. James Catholic Church took in almost $16,000 at their annual rummage sale and food bazaar.
With the event lasting from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., one might say that’s not a bad haul for five hours’ worth of work.
But it’s actually the hundreds of hours of work done before the big day arrives that makes the event so successful.
“We actually have about 90 ladies who make all our frozen foods,” said Rhonda Hanby, chairman of the event. “They work tirelessly for months to prepare pans of food.”
This year, Hanby even got the Catholic Youth Organization involved.
“The teenagers helped make 44 bags of the white chili recipe,” she said. “They did that as a stewardship thing.”
This year’s event is Saturday, Nov. 6, 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.
Chicken Pot Pie, please
Several frozen casseroles will be back by popular demand, such as Mary
Thomas’ Shrimp & Noodle Casserole, Lisa Palladino’s Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas, Jammin’ Jambalaya, Hallelujah Southern Turkey Dressing, Cranberry & Cream Cheese Salad, Christmas Cookie Medley, Caramel Pecan Rolls and Chicken Pot Pie.
“The Chicken Pot Pie has been a staple of the food bazaar ever since they started it,” Hanby said. “One year, we didn’t do it and, oh my gosh, you would have thought the world had come to an end.”
New items this year include a Healthy Lasagna and Mary Ann’s Awesome White Chili.
Prices range from $8 to $10 for an 8×2-inch pan; $14 to $16 for an 8×8-inch pan; and $18 to $24 for a 9×13-inch pan. Chili and jambalaya will be $15 for a gallon bag. A 9-inch pie pan of pecan rolls is $12 and the cookie medley is $15.
“Last year, we had 400 pans or bags of food and we ran out early,” Hanby said. “So this year, we increased it and made 460 pans and bags.”
Specialty foods, like fresh carrot cakes, caramel cakes, cookies, pound cakes, pumpkin pies, apple pies, breads and home-canned goods, will vary in price.
The money raised last year went to youth going to Jamaica; religious education, which includes Vacation Bible School; college scholarships; and a Christmas party for senior citizens. They also helped pay for a new gym floor at the church.
“We did almost $16,000 and I think the net was $14,500,” Hanby said. “We did really, really good.”
For more information, call Hanby at (662) 690-9685.
St. James Ladies Club Rummage Sale
& Food Bazaar
– When: Saturday, Nov. 6, from 8 a.m. to 1
– Where: Catholic Life Center, located on
the north side of St. James Catholic Church,
845 Lakeshire Drive, Tupelo.
– Other: Cash or checks only.
– Info: Call (662) 690-9685.
Ginna Parsons/NEMS Daily Journal