Sale of the century

THE streets of Cooma were buzzing on Saturday as hundreds of people went on the hunt to pick up a bargain as part of a unique fundraising initiative organised by the Community Chest.

There were 43 garage sales around Cooma as part of the inaugural Community Chest community garage sale day.

Cooma Community Chest management committee chairperson Marnie Stewart said the day was a great success and far exceeded expectations.

"We didn't expect that [many garage sales]. We were hoping for 20," she said.

"It really blew us away, the response was so heartwarming."

"The whole town had a real buzz. It had a feel of Christmas eve. I've spoken to some retailers who commented that they were really busy.

"We had people come from Canberra and down the coast, and they stayed around town for a while."

The community garage sale day is the second major fundraising event for the Community Chest, following on from an auction last year.

Mrs Stewart said the garage sale day would be an annual event.

There are plans for the third fundraiser later this year. It will be a fashion parade of local designers at the Cooma Railway in October.

"We want to offer something different to keep people interested," she said.

The Community Chest raises funds to assist local residents facing financial difficulty due to a medical illness.

The final figures have yet to be tallied.

Mrs Stewart thanked everyone involved in making the day a success.

"It was just amazing," she said.

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