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Published April 11th 2019
Get out of the beach shack this weekend
Weekending anywhere on the Copper Coast? Don't sleep too late! All the best items are snapped up early!
All towns of the Copper Coast enjoy lively garage sales on all long weekends, including (and perhaps especially) over Easter! However, any weekend is a great weekend for garage sales in Kadina, Wallaroo, North Beach, Moonta, and surrounds.
Whether you're hoping to find antiques, collectables, or rare relics from the Copper Coast's rich mining and agricultural history, there will be a garage sale to suit you! Expect to find everything from new to antique furniture, to collectable dolls, to kids' toys. Look for hand-tools, garden tools and power tools (old, new, worn-out, working well, and everything in-between).
Did I mention kitchenware and appliances? Bedding, linen and towels. There will be clothing for babies, children, ladies and men, and dolls. There will be craft supplies, quilting supplies, handmade cards and handmade gifts. You'll find unique jewellery, candles, tableware, and home produce (think jams and pickles). Look for locally grown, hardy, drought-tolerant, or exotic plants!
Oh, did I say, you will also find everything at bargain garage sale prices? You can always try bartering, but don't be offended if 50 cents for that saucepan you want is the lowest the nice lady will go! Bring your change, bring a few notes (or more) if you think you want to take home something extra special.
You can buy the YP Country Times at Copper Coast shops and Newsagencies for listings of the garage sales that bother to advertise. You can see the YP Country Times for free in the libraries in the area if you are seriously saving every last coin in your pocket for the sales! Some garage sales may be advertised on facebook pages - check the community and buy, sell, swap pages for the YP, Wallaroo, Moonta, Kadina, Copper Coast region.
Alternatively, drive around the main streets and look for garage sale signs written on cardboard boxes on corners! Look for balloons tied to gateposts! Look for hand stencilled signs taped to wheelie bins. Many garage sales don't advertise any other way; you'll spot them on the weekend!
Expect most garage sales to start at 8:00am. A rare one might start earlier, or later. Rush hour is first thing and you might find yourself vying for a parking spot. Go later in the day to find the treasures that have been overlooked, and make an offer because the seller wants things to go.
During the warmer months of the year, once a month there is a formally organised garage sale at the Kadina Showgrounds, corner of Mines Road and Agery Road (entrance near Target). This one starts at 7:30am and closes at 1pm. There is a sausage sizzle if you like that sort of thing. This one is run by the Kadina AH & F Society. You can make enquiries on 0448 211 002 or 0474 720 716. The last before winter is April 13th! The next will be September 14th, October 12th and November 9th. (Further dates yet to be announced).