brunsRecycling your pre-loved treasures is great for the environment because it extends the life of manufactured goods and reduces landfill. Reuse saves money and in these challenging economic times one’s creative talents can be explored. Discovering bargains and treasures is also great fun!

Brunswick’s Old and Gold Festival offers it all in the one place at the one time – on Saturday 6th June of the long weekend.

There are many options for sharing your pre-loved stuff: the popular All Town Garage Sale, the indoor Secondhand and Collectables Fair, Ye Olde Church Fair or the new Brunswick Public school Bric-a Brac Fair.

This year there will be lots of action at the Brunswick Public School. You can park your car in the grounds and support the school with a gold coin donation and explore the town’s treasures and treats on foot. A few Simple Pleasures shopping trolleys are available for sale at the Visitor Centre.

The ladies from Moo Moo Stitches will inspire you to dash off to the op shops or garage sales in search of old garments, fabrics and trimmings to create some amazing handicrafts made entirely of recycled materials – quilts, crazy patchworks, bags and more.

In the same venue the kids will have fun with their own craft making at the free Funky Junk Workshops running from 10-2 with Kim and Leisa.

Stan from Billinudgel Woodworking is also very keen to show the kids how to whittle, carve and create things from wood, with demonstrations of how to make bush furniture.

It’s just amazing what you can do with an old penny! Jill Ball from Artistic Bent has collected a heap of old pennies and before your eyes will demonstrate her penny fretwork skill, turning an old penny into a beautiful medallion suitable for a necklace.

You can probably even pick out your own birthday penny. You can also take along your old jewellery for valuation in case you are thinking of recycling it one day.

Down on Tweed Street, Darryl Bashforth will display his lovingly restored bikes and trikes with his vintage bren gun carrier, and Phillip Hood will have his pre-loved and renovated bikes on display and for sale in Fingal Street in case you are after a secondhand bike.

Mary is taking registrations for he Australian Singles Marbles Championships at her Trophy Shop in Fingal Street or on the day, with warm-ups and registrations scheduled for 9am, heats at 10am and finals at 1pm in U10, U16 and open sections.