Melissa held its second community garage sale of the year this past Saturday with as many as 400 individuals in attendance. The event was sponsored by the Friends of the Melissa Public Library, with the first sale of its kind happening in April of this year. These sales raise money for additional library materials and services.

“We hoped to provide an event where small businesses and individuals could meet their neighbors and provide local goods and services,” Melissa Library Director Lorelei Perkins said in an email.

Community members from traditional garage sale hosts to the Melissa Farmers Market and MORE vendors participated in the community garage sale. Perkins said vendor space rentals alone earned $500 for the Friends of the Melissa Public Library.

She said anyone and everyone was invited to attend.

“We were glad to be one of at least four large community sales and events held that day in our area,” Perkins said in her email. “I called it the ‘Melissa/Anna crawl.’ There is a lot to do in northern Collin County.”

These sort of events carry an extra weight, she said, since Anna doesn’t have a city library, and some might look to Melissa to provide the information and resources associated with libraries.

She said the next Melissa Community Garage Sale would probably be held in April again. The effects of this most recent sale, however, are still rippling out.

“At the end of the sale, leftovers were given to a group collecting for the flood victims in Louisiana,” Perkins said in the email. “And the collection truck from Arms of Hope came for items for their charity store.”

It proved to be just one more event where Melissa and Anna residents could participate actively in their community.

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