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By Derek Schlennstedt

Mark it in your diaries…The annual Mount Evelyn Fire Brigade garage sale is back for 2017, and is shaping up to be the biggest yet.
The garage sale is one of the biggest in the Mount Evelyn and Silvan areas, and this year promises to deliver all sorts of goodies and paraphernalia.
Captain Rick Ventrella said he enjoyed seeing the connection this event had with the community, and that it brought locals together.
“It’s an amazing way to dispose of unwanted or unused practical items that other community members can purchase cheaply, and support their local fire brigade in the process.”
“We will have so many items from tools to toys, bric-a-brac, electrical, garden products, plants galore, books, whitegoods and small furniture available just to name some of it,” he said.
The annual garage sale, which helps raise much-needed funds for the brigade, offers a great opportunity for people to clean up their homes and sheds, and move unused dusty items.
Unlike most garage sales, however, residents can then come back on Saturday 7 October, to get a bite to eat, buy a raffle ticket for a trailer full of goodies, and find some more hidden treasures.
“It’s great to see people re-connecting with old neighbours and friends too, it really brings the community together,” Rick said.
All funds will go towards the upkeep of brigade-owned vehicles and to purchase new equipment and tools to enhance the services delivered to the community.
People wishing to donate goods can deliver items to the fire station on Sunday from 8.30am-10am from 10 September.
If you have items to donate, but don’t have the ability to transport them, you can call the brigade on 0419 126 426 for assistance.

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