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Bonzer Car Boot Sale at Olinda Community House

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Update April 19th 2017
BONZA Boot Sale on AGAIN. Don't miss this magnificent event APRIL 22, 2017.

Car Boot sale at Olinda in the Dandenongs is Bootastic
Olinda Communty House
Olinda Community House is a place for all.


There is a house where the community "rocks" together. The Olinda Community House serves the community on the ridge of the stunning, misty Dandenongs; being shared by the people across the townships of Olinda, Ferny Creek, Sassafras and Mount Dandenong and Kalorama.

The community house with views of the stunning rainforest.
The community house with views of the stunning rain forest.


Local swimming hole Olinda Pool
Local swimming hole Olinda Pool


The house is the place that lies in the heart of the people and the town, surrounded by the newly reopened Olinda Swimming Pool, and a major new re-development being planned for the former Olinda Golf Course, and the Olinda Elderly Citizens Centre.

Wonderfully Restored Icon Olinda Community House
Wonderfully restored iconic Olinda Community House


This facility initially catered to just the Elderly Citizens but now several buildings have combined to become a hub of supportive activities for everyone in the area. It's the place to be to meet friends and learn new skills. It is an inclusive, warm friendly place and it's waiting for you to find it with open arms.

Hall for Hire - the venue!
Hall Venue for Hire for any event.


According to Sue Tapp, one of the committee members, she feels, "It is a lovely retro look building with a big hall and stage and several meeting rooms and a large kitchen. The house runs a large number of great classes every term. See the program at www.och.net.au. However we struggle to have people find out about the House, where it is and what it offers as well as classes. So thanks so much for taking up our Car Boot sale and writing about it ".

Now most car boot sales, like the local church around the corner from me, has about 12-20 spots or stalls. It's intimate, but there is not huge variety. And not much "piazza". Well the Olinda Community House has a massive car park and can fit over 80 stalls. They give a real focus to promoting local groups and for their very first car boot sale, last October, they were packed out with predominantly first time local sellers who loved the experience. And they are clambering for "More please!".

Sausage Sizzle and Devonshire Tea YUMM
Sausage Sizzle and Devonshire Tea YUMM


This year they have the Emerald Artisan Bakery coming, Grand Ridge Brewery, Warbotanicals, Nutrimetics, Intimo Lingerie plus heaps of Market stalls selling Car Boot Bargains.We are serving curries made by one of our Tutors- Pearl Yeo with entertainment.

Last time they had two choirs- Sweet Sassafras and Vokallista plus the Kalulu Ukelele Orchestra and the Soopa Doopa Bush Band perform and this time they are having the Loude Medieval Band plus some other artists.

The Olinda House Staff and volunteers also put on a wonderful sausage sizzle, Devonshire Teas and had a Coffee cart. There are also many displays by the art groups, face painting, CFA, school and community group stalls. It was a fantastic day that was enjoyed by friends, families and stall holders. It was basically "Bootastic". Yes, I do make up words; maybe one word will end up in the dictionary one day.

Hard working stall holder waiting for you to arrive
Hard working stall holder waiting for you to arrive


Are you feeling, "Oh no, I missed it". I do this frequently with Weekend Notes events, so I understand that feeling. But wait, luck is with you as your star sign enters Jupitor, there's one coming soon.

Art for every age from every age
Art for every age from every age


The next Bonzer Car Boot Sale is on Saturday, April 23, 2016 from 9-3pm. And because of all the traffic and interest and wonderful time had by all last year, they are extending it to 70 spaces in the yard plus tutors will be running sample classes inside the house. So you can get a sneak peak about what skills you can gain via local training at this Learn Local Centre. And those events are numerous, with over 50 courses and activities running per term. Yes, you no wax in your ears, PER TERM.

And this time, they have my favourite thing; they have show bags to give away with goodies and samples from local Community groups.

This is the vital bit. You need to make a date with yourself, for April 23 and again for November 5, 2016 and either plan on taking a whopping big shopping bag, or better still clear out your cupboards and book a stall and sell, sell, sell.

Maybe you have an old pram lying about you can stroll around with and fill easily.

Venue Hire for 100 guests with catering facilities
Venue Hire for 100 guests with catering facilities


And if you need to host any event, dinner dance, ballet exhibition, theatre group, wedding anniversary, baby shower, 21st, trivia nights, kids birthday parties, etc, they have a stunning hall to hire that fits over 100 people with a full stage. Let the party begin in Olin.

Stunning drive to the Dandenongs
Stunning drive to the Dandenongs


This hidden treasure of a house is located at
79-81 Olinda Monbulk Rd., Olinda. It is surrounded by the stunning mountains of the Dandenongs. It is a wonderful drive of only an hour out of Melbourne.

And this is your chance to explore that treasure.

Please call Sue or one of the other volunteers at "Stall Bookings" @ 0419387775 to get in quick. These are filling fast! So don't wait and miss your date with this lovely community.

Cooking classes with Class every term
Cooking classes with Class


And make sure you pick up a course guide, so you can check out these courses. Trust me there is something for everyone:

BOTANICAL ART BOTANICAL ART
CROCHET
PAINTING IN OILS AND ACRYLICS
WATERCOLOURS with ANTOINETTE BLYTH ANTOINETTE BLYTH
CHILDREN'S ACTIVITIES
ARTY CRAFTY KIDS
EASY PEASY JAPANESE FOR PRESCHOOLERS
MOUNTAIN TOP TOY LIBRARY
COOKING BRAISED SOYA SAUCE PORK
BREAD MAKING FOR FEAST OR FAMINE
CHEESE MAKING FETA, MARSCAPONE, YOGUHURT AND MARSCAPONE, AND RICOTTA CHEESE
CHINESE TEA CEREMONY
COMMUNITY KITCHEN
NGOH HIANG PORK ROLL
COMPUTER AND INTERNET ACCESS COMPUTER
INTRODUCTION TO APPLE iPAD
USING FREEBIES ON THE WEB
WEBSITE DEVELOPMENT FOR BEGINNERS
USING YOUR CREATIVE SKILLS USING COMPUTER TOOLS
BALLROOM DANCING
BELLY DANCING
FITNESS FOR OVER 40's
KICKBOXING
HEALTH AND WELLBEING
AUSTRALIAN BUSH FLOWER ESSENCES
CAN YOU HEAL YOURSELF?
TAI CHI TAI CHI
FRANK RYDER - YOGA
YOGA AND MEDITATION
MEN'S SHED
OLINDA PROBUS CLUB INC.
OLINDA SENIOR CITIZENS
MUSIC BLUES HARMONICA with DAVID NUNN
UKULELE
GARDENING ORGANICS AND GARDENING CIDER
PERRY VARIETIES AND OTHER FRUIT WINE MAKING
FRUIT TREE PREPARATION AND LAYOUT
HERITAGE FRUIT TREES CLASS
PREPARE FOR THE BARE ROOT FRUIT TREE SEASON
PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT A GIFT OF YOURSELF
THE INVISIBLE WORLD
SOAP MAKING
SONG WRITING
SINGING FOR FUN with BARB McFARLANE
SINGING TUITON
SPORT BADMINTON AT OLINDA HALL
FENCING
COMMUNITY HOUSE WALKING GROUP WALKING GROUP
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Why? You love to buy or sell at Car Boot Sales and enjoy a family fun day
When: 9-3 on 29 October 2016
Phone: Sue
Where: Olinda Community House, 78 Olinda-Monbulk Road, Olinda, Victoria
Cost: FREE Entry
Your Comment
It's lovely to see a community hall come alive. That old c sense of community v it's so b often overlooked the days. The car boot sale does look like it's a cut above the norm but it's the list of courses on offer at the hall that blows me
away.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|5681) 604 days ago
Looking forward to the April 2017 Olinda Community House Car Boot Sale and Market! It is this Saturday 22 April and if it is anything like the two markets held last year it will be brilliant!
by norma (score: 0|4) 237 days ago
I am looking forward to the car boot sale - the last one was great, lots of bargains.
by robyn (score: 0|3) 598 days ago
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