BARGAIN BIN: Casino Neighbourhood Centre volunteer staff had a ball on Second Hand Saturday. It was one of 700 garage sales held across the region.
BARGAIN BIN: Casino Neighbourhood Centre volunteer staff had a ball on Second Hand Saturday. It was one of 700 garage sales held across the region. Hamish Broome

Second Hand Saturday uncovers community treasures

WHO can refuse the allure of combing through a garage full of stuff with the hope of discovering a piece of treasure just for you?

Certainly not the tireless staff at the Casino Neighbourhood Centre, who while volunteering to provide the community with a garage full of bargains on Saturday, were lucky to find their own.

The centre put on one of more than 700 garage sales as part of Second Hand Saturday.

Doll collector and Nimbin resident Denise Wilson stumbled across three porcelain dolls for $10, which in her expert eyes were worth at least $150 - each.

"Two of the dolls I needed to complete one of my series," Ms Wilson said.

"I thought, 'this is great'."

Neighbourhood Centre CEO George Mudford said it was a fantastic day.

"We've sold an awful lot of stuff and hopefully made a little bit of extra money we can put back into the neighbourhood centre," he said.

"We had a pool table sold, everything from beds, fridges, office chairs, filing cabinets and old office equipment.

"A lot of people got bargains for kids; footballs, soccer kits, cricket sets.

"I think in the opening hour easily 50 people came through.

"I'm glad we had quite a few staff here, it was quite busy.

"It was absolutely going off for a bit there. It exceeded all expectations."

The extra cash will help cover loose ends for the many and varied projects which the centre runs around Casino.

"I think it's a real community building activity, it brings people together, it's fun, and you can get a bargain and save some money," Mr Mudford added.

With more than 700 simultaneous garage sales across the North Coast, all accessible by an interactive online map, it was a huge day for bargain hunters.

Event co-ordinator Linda Tohver from North East Waste said the day was a popular one because it was "guilt-free shopping and indulgence at its best".

Shoppers could save money and find plenty of bargains but be eco-friendly at the same time by saving resources and recycling.



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