With 40 garage sales registered in the ‘All Town Garage Sale’ at the Old and Gold Festival, it will pay for garage sale enthusiasts to be very organised, plotting out a proposed route before setting out for the day with the help of the program with the list of households and type of treasures at each available in the liftout feature and also from the Visitor Centre and shops in Brunswick Heads.
With the markets and World Environment activities also happening on the same day, organisers are appealing to festival-goers to leave their cars somewhere central such as the school grounds for the day and see another side of the town on foot.
They recommend wheeled shopping trolleys as a perfect way to cart booty round and back to the car, leaving the really big items, like furniture, boats and BBQs, to be picked up at the end of the day – ‘Simple Pleasures’ trolleys are available from the Visitor Centre in Park Street.
More stalls are on offer this year with the Second-Hand Fair in the Memorial Hall full of good-quality furniture, collectables and clothes, the public school Bric a Brac Fair or the Catholic Church Garden Fair.
An easy walking trail connects all the great second-hand shops in town, and many of the retail shops are also getting into the action.
There’s lots of entertainment for young and old at Old and Gold Festival.
The Australian Singles Marbles Championships will be held the Catholic Church with warm-ups from 9am, heats at 10am and finals at 1pm in U10, U16 and open categories, with prizes.
The kids will love having their faces painted for free at Bruns Kids, trying the free Funky Junk craft at the school, Sand Wizard fun or watching Stan carving toys from wood and making bush furniture at the school.
Moo Moo Stitches will demonstrate and display their inspiring quilt making and crafts using recycled materials, and also at the school Jill will be in action with her copper penny fretwork.
A new activity this year is pavement chalk art, where shops will supply the chalk to create an artwork – perhaps in the old world, indigenous or floral themes of the shops – outside Secondhand Rose, Whatever, Mina Mina Gallery and Brunswick Botanicals.
Scoot over to the spectacular ‘Jaws of Life’ demonstrations at the VRA shed, or to the Fire Station’s Open Day with Bernie Cinders.
The supermarket is running a fundraising barbecue and there will be half-price tarot reading and live music to entertain.
The historical buffs might like to check out Darryl Bashforth’s big toy, the Bren gun carrier or his Tonka toy collection, or the oldest car in Brunswick Heads at Pearce’s Garage.
Or learn more about Brunswick’s history from the Historical Society volunteers at their display and stall in the hall, where local historian Frank Mills will enthral with stories and information at talks on the Memorial Hall stage at 10am and noon.
There is also Frank’s famous local history walk which departs from the hall at 2pm.
And don’t forget to drop in your old mobile phones or printer cartridges at the ‘Greenhouse’ stall near the Memorial Hall, as well as learn even more about recycling.
The landscape consultant team, Social Habitat, will also be outside the Memorial Hall, collecting ideas for the Tweed Street Environmental upgrade project.
With 22 food outlets in Brunswick Heads, and the community group fundraising cake stalls, CWA Devonshire tea and barbecues dotted around, it will be easy to grab a bite on the run, or take a break in a café.
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