BARGAIN HUNTING: Amanda Furze, of The Channon, and Robin Laidlaw, of Byron Bay, on a?s buying spree at the Old and Gold Festival
BARGAIN HUNTING: Amanda Furze, of The Channon, and Robin Laidlaw, of Byron Bay, on a?s buying spree at the Old and Gold Festival

Bargain hunters descend on Brunswick

By Luke Prendergast

ROBIN LAIDLAW knows a bargain when he sees one. He ought to ?V he ran a second-hand store in Alice Springs for 30 years!

So it was no wonder that the new Byron Bay resident was like a kid let loose in a lolly shop on Saturday at the Brunswick Heads Old and Gold Festival.

For around $150, Robin and his partner, Amanda Furze, from The Channon, filled the back of their old four-wheel-drive with two bicycles, a wardrobe, ??a beautiful old rug??, shelves, curtain rods, ??a beautiful running leopard statue??, several books and ??a lovely waistcoat?? for Amanda.

The couple was among hundreds of bargain hunters who descended upon a record 47 garage sales dotted around the town, as well as an indoor second-hand fair at the Memorial Hall.

There were books, CDs and vinyl records, clothes, furniture, crockery, bric-a-brac, collectables, toys, games and more available for those with a keen eye for that something special.

??My god, we??ve got the four-wheel-drive loaded with stuff,?? Amanda said.

??I??m doing up a flat so I??m on the lookout,?? explained Robin.

??We??re just going to buy a tambourine across the road at St Vinnie??s.??

??And that will just about do us,?? Amanda added, as they crammed a rather large mirror in amongst the rest of their booty.

??We??ve been cruising for four hours and we??ve only spent about $150,?? Robin said.

??We??ve got a couple of things for the flat ?V a couple of good things for the flat ?V and a couple of things we weren??t expecting.??

It certainly helps to pick up a bargain when, like Robin, you have three decades?? experience in the second-hand trade.

??I??ve got a fair idea. And about sticking it into the car too,?? Robin said.

Just as well!



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