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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.
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?
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.