Grab a bargain: A scene from last year’s Old and Gold Festival at Brunswick Heads.
Grab a bargain: A scene from last year’s Old and Gold Festival at Brunswick Heads.

Trash and treasures at Brunswick

COMEDIANS Roy and HG refer to football finals as the Festival of the Boot, so maybe the epic trash ’n’ treasure Saturday in Brunswick should be re-named Festival of the Junk.

But the organisers of the June 12 event would argue it’s anything but junk – more a treasure trove of priceless recyclables.

The Brunswick event, which includes three monster fairs and garage sales at about 60 homes, is called the Old and Gold Festival.

Organiser Kim Rosen said the event, now in its 10th year, attracted about 5000 people to the seaside hamlet.

The three fairs include an indoor fair at the Memorial Hall, which Ms Rosen said was moving towards a more much-sought-after collectables focus.

Ye Olde Church Fair at the Brunswick Catholic Church is a more traditional fair.

The Bric-a-Brac Fair at the Brunswick Heads Primary School has lots of attractions for littlies.

Ms Rosen said there were more than enough customers to support three fairs and 60 garage sales.

“Let me tell you that people who go treasure hunting are really into treasure hunting,” she said.

Ms Rosen said patrons traditionally included people on the lookout for goods to ‘value add’ to (such as furniture restorers), some second-hand dealers and families having a day out.

“It’s very social and I think families just hand the kids some money and then let them amuse themselves,” Ms Rosen said.

This year, the Brunswick Chamber of Commerce is producing a map for visitors that will list all the fairs and garage sales.

Other attractions at the festival include a marbles championship, Funky Junk Craft for kids, historical displays, live music, a barbecue, tarot reading and face-painting.

If you would rather off-load your possessions than accumulate more you can rent space to set up a bric-a-brac stall at the Brunswick Heads Primary School. Call 6685 1204 tosecure a space.

If you live in Brunswick you can have your garage sale listed on the event map for a $5 fee. Phone 6685 1754.

The Northern Star is an event sponsor.



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