Bargain bin double

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Queenstown becomes a bargain hunter’s paradise with two second-hand goods sales this weekend.

The Queenstown Primary PTA runs its sports gear sale on Saturday and Queenstown Plunket holds its annual Trash ‘n’ Treasure sale on Sunday – both act as major fundraisers.

Plunket’s sale, at the Memorial Hall from 10am-noon, allows local parents to buy and sell unwanted baby clothes, books, toys and children’s gear.

Last year’s sale was so popular that parents were queuing up as far back as the library before doors opened, organiser Nicky Thompson says.

“Generally a lot of people are keen to grab a bargain, especially because babies grow out of their clothes quite quickly.

“When they’re newborn, they can be in something [just] two or three weeks before they’ve outgrown it so the clothes you buy might be second-hand but they’ve probably not had a lot of wear so you can really grab some great bargains.”

Queenstown Primary’s second annual sports gear sale is based on the ever-popular second-hand ski sale – sellers bring used gear to the school hall from 9-11am and buyers come from noon-2pm.

Organiser Vinny McCorkindale says people can buy and sell outgrown lifejackets, wetsuits, tramping and camping gear, swimming and boating equip-ment, sports uniforms, bikes and helmets – the only thing not allowed is ski and snowboard gear.

“If people want to get into a new sport for summer but don’t want to fork out for new gear, it’s a good opportunity to come and have a look,” she says.

Money raised will go toward furniture for five new “learning studios” currently being built.