HELPING HANDS: Mount Larcom Art Gallery and Museum Incorporated members prepare to host a Community Yard Sale at 8 Bismark Street, Mount Larcom as part of the national Garage Sale Trail on October 24.
HELPING HANDS: Mount Larcom Art Gallery and Museum Incorporated members prepare to host a Community Yard Sale at 8 Bismark Street, Mount Larcom as part of the national Garage Sale Trail on October 24. Contributed

Mount Larcom residents get behind weekend yard sale

A GROUP of Mount Larcom residents have encouraged others in their community to actively support the Garage Sale Trail and reap benefits offered by the October 24 event.

On the day, a strong social atmosphere will resonate in the township with at least 15 stallholders converging at the Mount Larcom Art Gallery and Museum to host a Community Yard Sale.

Gladstone Regional Council is one of more than 130 Councils nationally supporting the annual Garage Sale Trail, a growing initiative urging residents to reuse or recycle items and reduce the amount of waste contributing to landfill.

Gladstone Region Mayor Gail Sellers praised the community effort in Mount Larcom and the utilisation of the Garage Sale Trail to draw people to the township.

"The Garage Sale Trail is designed to strengthen social and community connections while potentially offering boosts economically and environmentally," Councillor Sellers said.

"This is an apt time for keen garage sale shoppers to visit the Mount Larcom township and perhaps find a desired treasure they've been searching for."

Mt Larcom Art Gallery and Museum's Art and Community Youth Director Jacqueline Nielsen-Dale said this was the first year the organisation had registered as a Garage Sale Trail participant.

She said the group had realised the Garage Sale Trail's potential to promote the township while the event itself would bring the community together.

The active group has encouraged residents to set up a market stall or car boot sale in the Art Gallery and Museum grounds at 8 Bismark Street, Mount Larcom.

"Our goal is for 30 stalls or more and at the moment we have 15 different groups participating including residents from Bracewell and Bajool, the Ambrose and Raglan CWA, the rural fire brigade and Silver Spurs Riding Club," Ms Nielsen-Dale said.

The Community Yard sale will be held on October 24 from 7am to 4pm offering food, drinks, entertainment and stalls selling homewares, handiwork, arts, craft, books, soap, jam, trash and treasure.

Garage Sale Trail followers will be able to wander through the Mount Larcom Art Gallery and Museum, purchase local artworks and view historical local pieces dating back to the early 1800s.

Gold coin donations will also support the display of future exhibitions and the work of the Mount Larcom Art Gallery and Museum Incorporated.

Community groups and organisations interested in more information about the Garage Sale Trail within the Gladstone Region can contact Luis Arroyo at Council on 4976 6352 or email luisa@gladstonerc.qld.gov.au

There is still time to become involved in this year's Garage Sale Trail with interested sellers able to register online until the day at http://www.garagesaletrail.com.au

Buyers can register on the Garage Sale Trail website, view listed sales searching by postcode, suburb, item or category, plot their own trail of sales to visit and receive shopper alerts.



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