The Brunswick Heads Memorial Hall was packed with thousands of bargain hunters on Saturday for the Old and Gold Festival.
The Brunswick Heads Memorial Hall was packed with thousands of bargain hunters on Saturday for the Old and Gold Festival.

Bargain hunter's search for riches

MIM Malouf is a well-travelled treasure hunter – but not of the usual kind.

Since she was a “young girl”, the Middle Pocket woman has found joy in trawling through charity shops, auctions and antique stores to find overlooked and underestimated treasures.

Despite her long-spanning interest, it was only two years ago that she came across her most prized possession.

“It is an old children's book,” she said.

“I found it at a local charity shop. I did not know at the time what it was but I got home and Googled it and nearly fell off my chair. It's worth about $2000.

“It was printed in the 1920s and it's the illustrations that are worth the most, not the content.”

Mrs Malouf had an impressive collection of antique jewellery, vintage clothing and accessories and pre-loved fabrics on sale on Saturday at the Brunswick Heads Old and Gold Festival.

The town turned into a busy maze of garage sales and, needless to say, “another person's trash is another person's treasure” was the running theme of the day.

The simple racks and fold-out table at Mrs Malouf's makeshift stall were bursting with retro dresses, carefully jewelled earrings and hard-to-find embellished purses.

“Things are much harder to find these days.

"The places you buy your stuff from are getting more expensive,” she said.

“There is this vintage thing going on and a lot more younger people are getting interested.”

Meanwhile, kids oblivious to the bargain hunting were engaged in a serious game of marbles down the road.

Students from kindergarten to Year 6 from The Pocket Public School had practised for weeks in preparation for the Brunswick Heads Old and Gold Australian Schools Marble Championships.

“A lot of them have brought their parents' marbles, including a boy who is playing with his dad's 30-year-old marbles,” The Pocket Public School teacher Donna McFadden said.

“They have been practising on most days, depending on the rain, in their little patch of dirt.”



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