SELLING POINT: Sharon Sinclair, of Goonellabah, mural artist, makes custom bookshelves with a gothic twist. Mireille Merlet-Shaw
SELLING POINT: Sharon Sinclair, of Goonellabah, mural artist, makes custom bookshelves with a gothic twist. Mireille Merlet-Shaw Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Treasure at garage sales

SILVER pianos, rare artworks and cabinets made in the shape of coffins are just a few of the curios to be discovered on Secondhand Saturday this weekend when more than 600 garage sales will be held across the region.

Goonellabah artist Sharon Sinclair is preparing her sale of gothic-style cabinets and book shelves in the shapes of coffins along with cartoon-style artworks.

"I moved to the area from Toronto on the Central Coast a year ago and I am still trying to establish a market stall," Ms Sinclair said.

She has joined forces with three couples for a sale on Saturday on Centenary Drive for the biggest day of garage sales on the North Coast.

Education co-ordinator for North East Waste, Linda Tohver, said the aim of the Second Hand Saturday was to promote the re-use of goods and materials instead of disposal, saving resources and environment.

"More than 600 garage sales will be on offer throughout the North Coast region, with tinnies and trailers to kayaks and pianos on offer, street garage sales, giveaways and fundraisers," she said.

"With so many garage sales to choose from, you can simply roll out of bed on Saturday morning and be assured there's something happening around the corner, with a freshly brewed coffee and sausage sizzle probably not too much further.

"Or if you are after something special, plan your trip well to seek out the treasure of your choice at www.secondhandsaturday.com.au with our search app and map."

The garage sales will be held across the Northern Rivers with Kyogle, Lismore, Ballina, Byron and Richmond shires involved.

The Alstonville Dance Studio invites anyone to drop unwanted goods there anytime before the sale, with proceeds to help fund the International Day of People With a Disability event, Little Dragons - Art Exhibition, Dance and Music Show to be held on December 3.



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