‘Bernie Cinders’ from the NSW Fire Brigade was popular with the children at the Old and Gold Festival on Saturday. He is joined by (from left) Danielle Mathie, 3, of Bangalow, and Sara, 2, and David Irace, 4, of Brunswick Heads.
‘Bernie Cinders’ from the NSW Fire Brigade was popular with the children at the Old and Gold Festival on Saturday. He is joined by (from left) Danielle Mathie, 3, of Bangalow, and Sara, 2, and David Irace, 4, of Brunswick Heads.

Old and Gold Festival has crowds out for bargains

Glorious sunshine drew record crowds to last Saturday’s Old and Gold Festival at Brunswick Heads.

Hundreds and hundreds of bargain hunters turned out in their ‘summer finery’ to walk the streets of Brunswick Heads in search of the ultimate bargain.

“I was ecstatic when I woke up,” said organising team member Kim Rosen, having watched the rain day after day.

 “You could tell it was going to be a gorgeous day.”

Kim reported all stalls booked out, even with the addition of the Brunswick Heads Public School as a new venue, and the 45 registered garage sales were supplemented by other households who decided to open up their gardens and driveways to join in the fun.

The festival’s theme of reduce, reuse, recycle was evident everywhere, and in the school grounds kids of all ages sat down at the hugely popular funky junk craft area to create “everything from volcanoes to teddy bears” in the words of organiser Kim Mitchell.

“We thought we’d make a place for everybody to chill out,” explained Kim, “a place to enjoy old-fashioned craft while learning to appreciate the recycled world.

“We’ve had everyone from 14-year-olds making pillows for their mates to little ones sitting down with their mums, and lots of boys too.”

The memorial hall, jam-packed with serious collectables and retro fashion, did a roaring trade all day,

while outside the hall North East Waste Forum educators Karen Rudkin and her offsider ‘Second Hand Rose’ spread the message of avoiding waste to young and old with a range of fun props in their smart new greenhouse.

Down by the river a collection of the meanest snakes known to man and woman were on show as part of the shire’s World Environment Day celebrations, with a brown snake, a death adder and a taipan sending a shudder down the spine of all watching from behind the enclosure.

The marbles championships were keenly contested over at ‘ye olde church fair’, tarot readings were much sought out at the supermarket court, Frank Mills’ history tours were popular as ever, and everywhere adults and kids were relaxed and happy, enjoying a great day out in the sunshine treasure hunting down all the side streets of Brunswick Heads with its fascinating range of architectural styles.

“There’s nothing like it,” said Kim “the combination of bargain hunting and other activities – and the weather was the icing on the cake.”

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