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Paddington secondhand market set for third successful year
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Discover Gret Some Pre-Loved Items

Excess Baggage is back again on the 15th of July at The BrisWest Centre in Paddington and it's sure to be a popular event if past years are any indication. I spoke with one of the event organisers Patricia Ferrier about why the people of Paddington and the surrounding suburbs love the second-hand market event so much.

1. Something for Everyone
Patricia told me the stallholders will be selling 'pretty much everything'! She said, "We get a lot of fashion. Big heels and lovely high fashions things." The sellers are usually local people who are downsizing, so aside from fashion you'll find books, toys, linens, furnishings and as Patricia put it, "Whatever people are trying to clear out."

2. Recycling
Buying second-hand is great for the environment. It also gives you the chance to own something different to everyone else you know. Pre-loved, antique or collectable items have a way of really personalising your space or wardrobe so your life isn't a carbon copy of the masses. It's my experience that the people of Paddington have pretty great taste. Anyone who has driven around during large rubbish collection would know Paddo' residents often clear out high-quality items.

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Enjoy the Community Spirit at the Market

3. Food
Four words: freshly made spring rolls! Patricia told me, "Laura who does the cooking classes here has some of the students cooking them on the day." If spring rolls aren't your thing, there's always the tasty sausage sizzle to keep your tummy happy.

4. Atmosphere
There'll be music playing and plenty to see at The BrisWest Centre. You'll find lots of wonderful, unique and affordable things to buy. It's a great location with street parking around, as well as bus stops. But of course, the thing that really makes the atmosphere great is the…

5. Community
Patricia told me part of the reason The BrisWest Centre runs the market each year, "Is to give people a chance to sell their stuff," but she added later in the conversation it's also about, "Engaging with younger people as well."

"Our members range from about 96 to 50 years old," Patricia said, "We provide activities and a way of older people connecting together."

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One Man's Excess Baggage is Another's Lusted After Lugagge

The market is a fundraiser too that helps them provide a place of connection for the seniors in the community.

So why not go along and connect with the Paddington community, enjoy a nice bite to eat and pick up some wonderful pre-loved bargains while you're at it?
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Why? Food, Fun, Bargains and Community
When: Saturday 15 July 9.00am to 3.00pm
Where: Brisbane West Senior Citizens Centre, 132 Latrobe Terrace, Paddington.
Cost: Free Entry
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