BARGAIN hunters flocked to Bendigo this weekend to make the most of the nationwide Garage Sale Trail and help some deserving causes raise money.
More than 60 sales held on Saturday
More than 60 garage sales were held around the town on Saturday, proving the theory that one man’s trash really is another man’s treasure.
The official Garage Sale Trail website showed 10,932 items listed in Bendigo, with lots of money going to a good cause.
The Rotary Club of Bendigo Next Generation made around $500 with their sale, with all the money going to help those affected by the New South Wales bushfires.
“Rotary International supports Disaster Aid. They sent a letter asking members for donations for those affected by the New South Wales fires but we thought instead this would be a great way to raise the money,” explained Meghan Rogers.
Meanwhile Golden Square Fire Brigade was another not-for-profit group making the most of the day to raise money for a shed to house a new fire engine.
According to First Lieutenant Tim McNeilly they managed to sell around 75 per cent of their items.
“We haven’t done a proper count yet but we have done a rough estimate and we reckon we made over $2000 which is great,"he said.
“We expect we will need $20,000 for the new shed so this money could cover the concrete flood.
"We would like to acknowledge the community support, they really got behind us.”
We would like to acknowledge the community support
The Bendigo Sustainability Group was also out in force to raise money and promote the message of reusing things.
“Rather than buying everything new, it is about reusing and recycling things which is far more sustainable. It is all about being a little more innovative,” explained group president Keith Reynard.
Certainly the public was getting into the spirit of things with many an eagle-eyed shopper hunting out a bargain and others finding a new home for some of their clutter.
“We did one not long ago so it is amazing we could find enough stuff to put out,” said Kerri Nally.