IIf you need a coffin, then John Clark, of Lake Roxburgh Village, is the man to see.

He is selling one during the Teviot Valley Annual Garage Sale Trail for $400.

‘‘I started making them about three years ago and have made about 14 so far, mainly for relations and friends.
‘‘I’ve made one for me and my wife, Josephine.’’

They are stored in a neighbour’s shed. He has a large workshop and also makes post-people as tree and garden ornaments.

Garage sale trail organiser Shirley Marsden said the event was in its seventh year and to date there were more than 60 sales registered, up from 47 last year.

This time it was on Saturday and Sunday, October 10 and 11.
She had inquiries from people as far away as Christchurch about the trail.

Maps would be sold from 7.30am from Benger Garden Cafe in Ettrick, Robbs Garage in Roxburgh and the Bakehouse at Millers Flat.

They were $5 each and all proceeds would go to the Teviot Valley Kids Count Fund, which helps families with children who have been confronted with unexpected illnesses.

People from out of town with items to sell could use space at the Roxburgh Playcentre to set up their own garage sale area or table for $25.