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By Nancy Nenry
Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013, 4:34 p.m.

Those who like to go to flea markets, garage sales and yard sales, or set up their own in the spring, summer and fall will be able to do either in mid-winter in Connellsville — indoors.

Two places within blocks of each other will both welcome vendors and shoppers on Feb. 2.

The Greater Connellsville Community Center Advisory Board is continuing to look at ways to make the facility viable.

The advisory board is hoping the community will support its first indoor flea market, set for Feb. 2.

The goal of the community flea market is to generate money for the community center while providing an activity for all ages.

“We are hoping to have a good turnout of sellers and buyers with an eye towards having this event on the first Saturday of each month. A long-term goal is to add other activities which would use some rooms in the community center, and ultimately use the gymnasium and the beautiful auditorium,” said board member Ronald Michaux.

Michaux said the advisory board is seeking volunteers who will craft this project into something out of the ordinary.

“A committee of workers is being formed now. There is much work to do. Call the community center to offer assistance,” said Michaux.

The cost to reserve a 10-foot space for the Annual Indoor Flea Market is $15 and participants must bring own tables. Vendors are welcome and can set up starting at 6 a.m. Sale is 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

To reserve a space or volunteer for upcoming community Center projects call 724-626-0300.

Down the road on the same day, the Connellsville Presbyterian Church will hold its annual Indoor Yard Sale in the church basement. The church has held the sale on the first Saturday in February for years. Its popularity continues to grow.

“We usually have quite a few sellers on hand and customers waiting in line to come in to shop that day,” said Nancy Luckey, church member and an organizer of the sale.

Tables are provided at $10 each for those wishing to set up. Sellers must reserve the number of tables they want in advance by calling the church at 724-628-4401. The deadline Jan. 28 so organizers have time to work out the floor plan and put up the tables.

There have been many unique items sold over the years including handmade creations, tools, old movies, dinnerware, and collectibles. There have been those who sale make-up, jewelry, shoes, boots, belts, purses, linens and many toys and children's clothes. Sports equipment, puzzles, crafts and antiques have also been among the most popular. Sellers keep all their proceeds and there is no admission charge to come in and shop.

New this year is another chance to purchase a pan or two of the Connellsville Presbyterian Church's popular apple dumplings.

As part of the Annual Indoor Yard Sale pans can be reserved in advance and picked up at the church that day. Call the church office at 724-628-4401 by Jan. 31 to place your order. Pickup time on Feb. 2 is the same hours as the Indoor Yard Sale, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The dumplings are sold by the half dozen at a cost of $21 for the pan of six. Individual apple dumplings will be sold as one of the selections at the refreshment window during the Indoor Yard Sale. Soup and sandwiches will also be sold with the proceeds from set-up fees and all refreshments sold going to help fund Faith Finders, the children's group of the church, to travel to Sight and Sound in Lancaster to see Noah in April.

Nancy Henry is a freelance writer.

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