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Posted: Friday, August 9, 2013 4:30 am | Updated: 11:56 am, Wed Jul 16, 2014.

PIDCOKE — More than 50 vendors sold their goods at the fourth annual community-wide garage sale Saturday at Pidcoke Methodist Church.

This year, the event included summer eats, a car wash and face painting for the children.

Laurie Macon, a church member and vendor, estimated about 400 people attended the sale.

“It has been nonstop since 6:30 this morning,” she said Saturday. “Lines of cars were flooding the street.”

Event organizer and longtime church member Rex Hooten was impressed by the community’s support of the event.

“It’s amazing to see the support we get from fellow church members and locals, including vendors and patrons coming from all over,” he said. “It makes my heart warm up.”

Vendors traveled from across Texas to take part in the garage sale, including Michelle Carner of Round Rock. Her homemade bracelets were popular with shoppers.

“It’s pretty rewarding seeing people liking your hard work,” she said. “I have a great time making them.”

Billy and Wanda Richards of Nevada, Texas, were also vendors at the garage sale.

“We had a great time seeing all the people here buying our products,” Wanda Richards said. “And it’s for a good cause.”

The 125-year-old Pidcoke Methodist Church usually gives proceeds from the garage sale to the local food bank, but this year it will help provide school supplies for area school children.

“All proceeds are earmarked for school supplies and bags for the kids in Lampasas, Copperas Cove and Gatesville,” Hooten said. “I wanted to do something different — another charitable organization.”

James Underwood drove from Gatesville to shop at the garage sale and contribute to the worthy cause.

“I heard about the event through other locals in the area and decided to come by,” he said. “I think it’s great, especially since you are also getting great stuff at great deals.”

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