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#039;Little Mission Store#039; gives chance to help others

Lucille Youngblood calls her Little Flea Market her "little mission store."

"I get a chance to help a lot people and bless a lot of people," she said.

Drivers on Elba Highway can see Youngblood outside every weekend and holiday with tables full of merchandise that Youngblood buys from auctions, store closeouts or yard sales. She sells everything from brand new clothing and shoes to toys, knick-knacks and old albums.

The Little Flea Market is also a place for gathering. Youngblood has customers come on a regular basis from Ozark, Luverne and all over Pike County.

"They know my name and I know their name," she said.

Youngblood has been selling for about 18 years, but she's only been at her location for four years. She didn't think she had the money to settle down on one location, but when she began to care for her father after her mother's death, she discovered the money was there the whole time. When her father passed away she used the money she put toward caring for him to find a place of her own.

"It's an old building, but it serves a purpose," she said.

It also brings back memories because she's been "going in and out" of the building since she was a child.

She works at Wallace College in Dothan during the week, but is up early Saturday morning for her hobby and weekend job.

"It's just in my blood, you could say," Youngblood said.