Pupils from St John’s Catholic School at Mullumbimby get in some practice for the schools marbles challenge.
Pupils from St John’s Catholic School at Mullumbimby get in some practice for the schools marbles challenge.

Bag a bargain at Old and Gold

Brunswick Heads is the place to be this Saturday for bargain hunters, as the 10th Old and Gold Festival offers a record 59 garage sales and about 100 stalls in three second-hand fairs.


The town’s numerous second-hand shops will be full of beautiful treasures, and many of the retail shops will get in on the action with clearance sales and bargains.


But the Old and Gold is not just for adults, with plenty of fun for kids and lots of free activities.


Kids can let their imaginations run wild at the funky junk craft from 10am to 3pm at the school, where boxes overflow with colourful recycled craft materials to create rag dolls, snakes or anything else.


They can have their faces painted for free at Bruns Kids in Park Street, have sand wizard fun or watch Stan carve toys from wood and make bush furniture at the school, and later in the day learn how to tie-dye their own T-shirt.


There is also the new kids town trivia quiz, requiring them to walk the CBD block gathering clues to answer 10 questions on quiz sheets available at the Memorial Hall, with the first four correct entries winning tubs of Bernardi’s gelato and Network Video vouchers.


The marbles championships has become a popular feature of Old and Gold, and this year offers the opportunity to a local kid to become Australian Junior Champion, with current champ Andrew Hanlon flying up from Sydney to defend his title in the Australian Singles Marbles Championships (register with Mary on the day at 9am, or beforehand on 6685 1676).


Kids could also make up a team to challenge St John’s School, with heats at 10am and finals at 1pm in the grounds of the Brunswick Heads Catholic church.


A new feature for bargain hunters this year is the hop-on hop-off shuttle bus service provided by Wendy of Vision Walks, with a $2 all-day pass allowing tired feet easier access to all the garage sales and through the CBD.


The 10th birthday raffle offers exceptional prizes such as a Byron Bay Ballooning trip for two with champagne breakfast; a family weekend at Sails Motel; a Byron Bay Skydive adventure; Vision Walks tour for two; three day pass to the Writers Festival; treatment at Bayside Acupuncture, as well as restaurant meals and fine wine.


Plenty of food will be available to festival-goers from the town’s 22 food outlets, as well as from various community fundraising barbecues and cake stalls dotted around.


The supermarket, Cino Bambino and Yami’s are all providing live music to add to the fun.


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