By ANNE KONCKI
Broadway Christian Church, 2601 W. Broadway, is hosting its annual garage sale for Habitat for Humanity on Saturday, April 9. This is the 23rd year for the sale, which brings in hundreds of people each year.
“It’s a huge undertaking,” said Debra Graham, outreach coordinator for Broadway Christian Church.
The sale will be spread throughout the church, Graham said, with items located in the parking lot, the gym and the fellowship hall adjacent to the gym.
Linda Poehlmann, co-chair for the garage sale since 1995 with her husband, John Poehlmann, said the proceeds from the sale have gone up just about every year.
The first year for the sale, 1989, made $1,800, Poehlmann said. Last year, it made $17,000.
The sale offers a range of items including plants, furniture and appliances, according to a release about the sale.
People are welcome to bring donations to the church beginning Wednesday, April 6.
“You can find anything there that you’re looking for,” Poehlmann said.
Although volunteers aren’t looking to sell specific items, Poehlmann said they prefer the donated items to be usable.
After the church covers its expenses from the sale, all of the money goes to the local Habitat for Humanity chapter in Columbia, 1906 Monroe St.
Volunteers with the sale will begin setting up on Wednesday, April 7, and work until the sale opens its doors on Saturday in what is a “very physically demanding three days,” Poehlmann said.
The sale draws a range of volunteers from Columbia.
“There’ll be literally hundreds of volunteers here from the church and community,” Graham said.
As is evident in the rise in proceeds, the annual sale has become increasingly popular among the Columbia community.
“We get people calling us months ahead of time asking if we have the date yet,” Graham said.
Poehlmann, who has grown up as a member at Broadway Christian Church, said she’s excited for the sale.
“It used to be just a couple months (of planning) — it’s almost a year-round thing now,” she said.