Bargain hunters awaited

By Tessa Johnstone tessa.johnstone@age.co.nz


Bargain hunters are expected to be banging on the doors to get first pick of thousands of items donated to Alzheimers Wairarapa for a giant garage sale fundraiser on Saturday.

Alzheimers Wairarapa president Jenny Baker said as the organisation does not receive any government funding, they fundraise throughout the year with one big event - this year it's the garage sale.

The organisation hopes to raise between $6000 and $8000, which will go towards helping the 82 people with Alzheimers it supports.

Since putting out the call for household goods two months ago, volunteers have collected so many items they have had to triple the space they planned to use.

"It just crept out," said Mrs Baker.

Those looking for everything from tupperware to wooden children's toys, outdoor furniture to dining room furniture, will have plenty to rummage through.

Although it's taken 10 volunteers to sort and organise the goods, they have saved themselves the job of pricing the items - all offers considered.

"We're open to bartering." Volunteer Mary Aitkenhead said it's all good quality though. "We've tried to keep the tone."

The doors of the Solway Showgrounds grandstand will be opening at 8.30am on Saturday, said Mrs Baker.

"Not before ... they'll be banging on the door at 7am."

- WAIRARAPA TIMES-AGE

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