THE Old and Gold Festival started out as an all-town garage sale at Brunswick Heads which helped the growth of the local secondhand retail industry.
Valerie Hardy has been involved with the festival for 13 years as a member of the organising committee.
"I generally contribute to the content of the event. I also handle the secondhand stall booking for the local CWA. They have about 10 stalls all offering an eclectic mix of secondhand goods,” Valerie said.
"The CWA considers this local event a must. The ladies run a highly successful scones and tea morning. Not only is it fun, it is a great opportunity for some 'CWA awareness'.”
For seven years Valerie has owned and operated Secondhand Rose Emporium at Clem's Cargo collective on Tweed St.
"The O&G Festival is a fabulous day and secondhand retail definitely benefited from the event,” she said.
"Visitors start their early morning trawling through the 100-plus garage sales, making their way towards the CBD memorial hall which houses many collectible stalls and a retail area which includes secondhand, and individually owned and operated shops having coffee and breakfast along the way.
"The Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church has earned a good reputation for its return stallholders. The school has recently started having stalls in its hall and grounds.”
In the lead-up to the O&G Festival, locals register their garage sales which are then listed on a map in the Byron Shire News.
"Upon registration, each home is supplied with bunting made by the CWA Crafty Ladies. This all adds colour and a sense of festivity,” Valerie said.
"Cafes provide music and there is a great array of activities such as a retro caravan display and children's drop-off centre at the Brunswick Picture House, including a program of cartoons.”
Brunswick Heads will once again host the Old and Gold Festival on Saturday, June 9.
With four fairs and more than 80 garage sales around town, anyone on the lookout for a great bargain should not be disappointed.
Celebrating all things collectable, antique or secondhand, the festival also features a marbles championship, face painting, music and entertainment, barbecues, cake stalls and book sales.
For details, visit www.oldngold.com.au or phone (02)66851003.