Surprises galore at Old and Gold

There are bound to be lots of surprises amongst the 50 or so households at this year’s Old and Gold Festival All Town Garage Sale in Brunswick Heads and there are some exciting new additions to the Old and Gold program this year.

Lucy from Wheel of Life Pottery Studio has rounded up several of her artistic friends and is filling the hall behind St Thomas Church with exquisite hand-made crafts, art and pottery pieces, while around the corner, Bayside Acupuncture will be offering discounted neck and shoulder massages to keep you going through the day.

Bill Paine is treating collectors with his fine display of World War I and Word War II model aeroplanes on the stage in the Memorial Hall, and he has hinted that he might even be persuaded to part with some of his prized possessions.

Local historian Frank Mills is not available for his popular historical tour of the town this year because of a school reunion lunch, so he is putting together a self-guided walking tour of the significant landmarks and some of the stories of Brunswick’s yesterday which should be told, with brochures available at the Memorial Hall.

The story of the famous Bruns Pub will also be told by Trees Gilroy in a talk at 2pm.

For the first time, Old and Gold will showcase a What’s it Worth? segment. Ray Evans from Chinderah Bay Antiques will give appraisals from 11am until 1pm at the Memorial Hall.

“Bring along items related to the history of the area or family heirlooms, such as china and teddy bears,” said Ray, “but no more than three per person and no jewellery please, and if possible, things out of the ordinary.”

A new recycling activity will take place at 2pm outside Resould, the retro second-hand shop on Tweed Street.
Go back to the sixties and seventies and bring along a T-shirt to tie dye (or some are available to purchase) at the Oh My Tie Dye workshop.

The Bruns Supermarket will turn its courtyard into a lively village marketplace with live music again this year.

To add to the atmosphere and entertain you while you grab a quick break from the full-on bargain hunting, Cino Bambino will also provide café music in the morning, and Yami’s will provide music on the deck from 2pm.

Community groups usually take advantage of the opportunity to fund-raise by feeding the hungry festival goers with barbecues and cake stalls at various locations.

At Ye Olde Church Fair, though, this year there’ll be hot dogs and pop corn, while the Australian singles Marbles Championships are played out, and there will also be a teams event, with Mary taking entries at her trophy shop in Fingal Street as well as taking stall bookings.

Because it’s the festival’s 10th birthday, a special raffle will offer 10 great prizes, and winners will be able to select from these when their tickets are drawn at 3pm at the Memorial Hall.

The prizes include a double Byron Bay Balloon experience with champagne breakfast, a two-night holiday at Brunswick Sails Motel, a three-day pass to the Writers Festival, a double pass to Night Vision Tours, massage, meals, tubs of gelato, a magnum of wine, and fruit trees. Tickets are on sale now at the Brunswick Visitor Centre and on the day.

Don’t leave it until the last minute to register your garage sale with the team at Byron Shire Real Estate (6685 1754).

There are some garden and under-cover stalls left at the school (6685 1204) but only two stalls left at the Indoor Collectables Fair (Sandy 66841709).

Further information about the day’s activities can be found on the website

The Old and Gold Festival is on Saturday June 12 from 8am to about 4pm.

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