CLASSIC: Dorothy Edwards of Goonellabah will be selling her spinning wheel on Second Hand Saturday.
CLASSIC: Dorothy Edwards of Goonellabah will be selling her spinning wheel on Second Hand Saturday. Cathy Adams

Northern Rivers' biggest garage sales day of the year looms

LOCAL communities are gearing up for the fifth annual Second Hand Saturday, with items such as tinnies and trailers, a pianola, a spinning wheel, a motorbike, a car, even a plane, up for grabs at local garage sales.

The event, to be held on November 16, will be the biggest day of garage sales across the North Coast, with 250 already registered to take part, North East Waste education co-ordinator Linda Tohver said.

Second Hand Saturday, funded and co-ordinated by North East Waste on behalf of Lismore City, Richmond Valley, Kyogle, Byron Shire, Ballina Shire, and Clarence Valley Councils, is an opportunity to promote community spirit while reducing the amount of waste going to landfill.

Australians are the second-highest generators of waste in the world, with each person generating an average of more than a tonne of waste per person each year.

Ms Tohver said that by holding a garage sale you were helping to reduce waste through the reuse and recycling of unwanted household goods.

That was better than paying to dispose of them at the local tip.

Dorothy Edwards is participating in Second Hand Saturday with her own garage sale at her Dudley Drive, Goonellabah home, and will be selling a spinning wheel among other things on the day.

"It (Second Hand Saturday) is a good idea to get rid of all the now-useless junk from your house," she said.

The classic spinning wheel, which Mrs Edwards has owned for 45 years, has had its use from the needlework lover and has long been a decoration in her house, she said.

Mrs Edwards said she hopes someone with an interest and a use for the wheel comes along to claim it - maybe even a young person looking for a new hobby.



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