The festival’s theme is reuse and recycle, recognising that recycling pre-loved treasures is great for the environment because it extends the life of manufactured goods and reduces landfill, reusing saves money and in these challenging economic times allows for exploration of creative talents, and as well, discovering bargains and treasures is great fun.
This year there will be lots of action at the Brunswick Public School, where cars can be parked in the grounds to support the school with a gold coin donation and the town’s treasures and treats explored on foot.
In the school grounds, the ladies from Moo Moo Stitches will inspire you to dash off to the op shops or garage sales in search of old garments, fabrics and trimmings to create some amazing handicrafts made entirely of recycled materials – quilts, crazy patchworks, bags and more.
In the same venue the kids will have fun with their own craft making at the free Funky Junk Workshops running from 10-2 with Kim and Leisa.
Old buttons, beads, decorative trimmings and gold fabric are being collected now and any spares can be dropped into the Visitor Centre for reuse at the workshops.
Stan from Billinudgel Woodworking is very keen to show the kids how to whittle, carve and create things from wood, with demonstrations of how to make bush furniture.
It’s also a great time to collect small pieces of driftwood from the storms to take along to the workshops at the school.
Jill Ball from Artistic Bent will demonstrate the amazing things that can be done with an old penny. She has collected a heap of old pennies and before your eyes will demonstrate her penny fretwork skill, turning an old penny into a beautiful medallion suitable for a necklace.
You can also take along your old jewellery for valuation in case you are thinking of recycling it one day.
Elsewhere at the festival there are many options for sharing pre-loved stuff but stalls at the various venues are almost booked out.
Register now for the popular All Town Garage Sale (6685 1754), the indoor Secondhand and Collectables Fair (one space left on 6680 1995), Ye Olde Church Fair (booked out) or the new Brunswick Public school Bric-a Brac Fair (6685 1204).
Down on Tweed Street Darryl Bashforth will display his lovingly restored bikes and trikes with his vintage Bren gun carrier, and Phillip Hood will have his pre-loved and renovated bikes on display and for sale in Fingal Street for those after a second-hand bike.
Mary is taking registrations for the Australian Singles Marbles Championships at her Trophy Shop in Fingal Street or on the day, with warm-ups and registrations scheduled for 9am, heats at 10am and finals at 1pm in Under 10, Under 16 and open sections.
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