Aladdin’s cave of treasures for Friends of Lifeskills

Friends of Lifeskills members Narelle Salter, Kaasha Salter, Judy Rowbottom, Sandy Walker, and Jill Sonter stand amongst just one of the rooms of donations the group has received for their giant garage sale on May 2 and 3.
Friends of Lifeskills members Narelle Salter, Kaasha Salter, Judy Rowbottom, Sandy Walker, and Jill Sonter stand amongst just one of the rooms of donations the group has received for their giant garage sale on May 2 and 3.

Friends of Lifeskills are encouraging locals to come visit their “Aladdin’s Cave” of treasures on May 2 and 3 as they help raise money for Lifeskills Oporto Road premises. 

The group, lead by Narelle Salter, will take over the Mudgee Transport/CountryNet Transport warehouses on Burrundulla Avenue on the first weekend of May with a whole range of items for cheap prices.

“We’ve got books, we’ve got furniture, we’ve got pictures, furnishings, lounges, linen, we even have a kitchen sink. If there’s something you need, there’s a good chance we’ll have it,” Mrs Salter said. 

Mrs Salter said the group was just a group of moms who used to get together for coffee and talk about what they could do to help Lifeskills. These days, they hold regular raffles and events to help raise money for equipment needed by clients of Lifeskills. 

Last year, the group presented Lifeskills Plus with over $20,000 they had collected from Fuel card raffles, donation tins, and get togethers. 

Having first held the event around two years ago, Mrs Salter said the weekend event would be a real “Aladdin’s cave” once more, with something to be found for people of all ages. 

“We’ve actually thought we might not have as many donations as we did because of Buy, Swap and Sell pages, but there’s so much stuff we’re taking up rooms and rooms at Mudgee Transport,” she said.

“There’s so much stuff that we’re going to have a hard time getting it all set out for the weekend and we still have more things coming like jewellery, plants, books, beds, and rugs,” she said. 

Anyone is able to come along to the event and make an offer on an item, with Mrs Salter said there will be some great bargains available on the day. 

The Mudgee Lions Club will be running a barbecue over the Saturday and Sunday with egg and bacon rolls and sausage sandwiches for the hungry crowd.

“Without the support of people like the Lions Club and the local community, we wouldn’t be able to help Lifeskills the way we do. We’re very grateful to everyone who has donated or come along to one of our events, and to everyone who will come alone to this one,” Mrs Salter said. 

The doors will open at 8am each day.