On the trail . . . Shirley Marsden is, once again, organising the Teviot Valley 5th Annual Garage Sale Trail, taking place on November 3. PHOTO: ALEXIA JOHNSTON


Money raised at this year’s Teviot Valley Annual Garage Sale Trail will be placed into a trust fund in memory of last year’s recipient.

The garage sale event raises money for young people from the area affected by an illness.

Last year’s event raised $3000 for Priscilla Kroeze (22), who had cancer.

It was her wish that a trust fund be set up, trail organiser Shirley Marsden said.

“Priscilla suggested the same sort of fund should be started for kids for the future. Unfortunately, she passed away just after that, but we want to follow her wishes.”

Mrs Marsden said it was also fitting that this year marked the first time the event had not had a recipient to give the money to.

“So, that’s why we’ve decided to start up a fund for anyone in the future who needs it.”

People who host a garage sale as part of the trail pay $15 and maps of where those garage sales are can be purchased for $2.

That money goes directly to the cause.

Money made from items donated specifically for sale during the event will also go to the cause, along with other monetary donations made on the day.

This year’s event, taking place on November 3, from 9am, will feature 37 garage sales from the Roxburgh hydro dam to Millers Flat.

Furniture, tools, soft toys, clothing and outdoor goods were among the many items up for grabs.

The concept was one of Mrs Marsden’s ideas.

“I decided we needed an idea to encourage people to come into our valley. I heard that, I think Winton, had some sort of garage sale and I thought we could have that as well,” she said.

“This is our fifth year. It’s just so successful.”

The event is being supported this year by Brigitte Paterson, of Harcourts, who has helped with signage.

Maps available from:

Robb’s Garage, Roxburgh.

Supervalue, Roxburgh.

Benger Garden Cafe, Ettrick.

Faigan’s Cafe, Millers Flat.

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