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by Dave Walsh (subscribe)
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Published June 2nd 2012
For around 40 years, the Lions Club of Blackwood have been running a quirky market which has become a magnet for thrifty minded people. Originally located on Station Ave Blackwood, it's now sited in two large sheds on Shepherds Hill Rd at Eden Hills.

I've heard tales of finding wind-up gramophones, old bakelite rotary dial telephones and the like there in years gone by.

Ray gun? Projector? Spotlight?
Ray gun? Projector? Spotlight?


The Centre has two huge sheds, one downhill from the other. In the first shed the emphasis was mostly on furniture and electrical goods - if you want a VCR (or 10) this is the place to come. Just the thing if you want to clone all those old family movies.

It seems DIY music is on a decline in the hills, because there was quite an assortment of electronic organs available. I wonder if there is a discount for quantity?

Play your own organ
Play your own organ


The furniture is clean and in generally good condition, you can find lots of wardrobes, bookshelves and drawer sets here. Some of it is from the 50s, but most is from later periods.

Solid clean furniture
Solid clean furniture


Buried away in the piles you'll find all sorts of stuff, from heaps of plug pack chargers to spacey looking TV's from yesteryear.

TV radio combo. I think
TV radio combo. I think


The second shed contains smaller items - a huge assortment of books, glassware (cleaned by volunteers), crockery, lighting etc.

With proceeds from the shop going to charity, you can be confident that any money you spend is in good hands. Lions have raised around $2m to date, money originally being raised for the 1967 Tasmanian Bushfire Appeal but now going to a variety of good causes.

And when you have finished shopping, you can erase your guilt with a bit of exercise in the excellent Shepherds Hill Recreation Park at the bottom of the hill.

Lions Bargain Centre, Eden Hills
Lions Bargain Centre, Eden Hills
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Why? Help yourelf and help charity, pick up a retro bargain here
When: Saturdays 8.30 - 12.30
Phone: (08) 8370 2144
Where: 8 Colebrook Drv, Eden Hills South Australia 5050
Your Comment
Hi I am wonting to donate a large recliner/ rocking chair and a extentable solid wooden dinning room table but I will be at work all day sat would somone be able to pick it up friday?
by evil_ (score: 0|8) 1768 days ago
When's it open? Hahaaa kidding.

David, you should keep gems like this strictly between you and me, some things should remain secret! :)
by cannd (score: 1|32) 1720 days ago
You don't say when it is open!
by Wattl (score: 0|6) 1958 days ago
I am a bit puzzled. Am I the only person who can see this bit:
"When: Saturdays 8.30 - 12.30"
by Dave Walsh (score: 4|10450) 1958 days ago
when is the Lion Shed open day and time - thanks
by ruthi (score: 0|3) 1992 days ago
Hi Ruthi

It's listed justed above the map, a way down the page
by Dave Walsh (score: 4|10450) 1992 days ago
Here's a pic of some of the lower shed contents which I didn't include in the review. Loads of books are available, if you can climb on top of the pack of bibliophiles :)
by Dave Walsh (score: 4|10450) 1992 days ago
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