Bury St Edmunds bargain hunters: Prepare for the massive Howard and Mildenhall Estates Sale Trail
Bargain hunters are being encouraged to make the most of a massive community-rallying sale trail across two Bury St Edmunds estates.
The Howard and Mildenhall Estates Sale Trail on Sunday, August 11, from 11am to 3pm, has already attracted 80 households who are looking to run a stall to showcase their wares.
It has been co-ordinated by Tarna Garner and Hazel Stenson, who have been ‘shocked by the positive response’ after a Facebook page for the trail attracted more than 370 members in less than a month.
Miss Garner, 43, said their aim was to do something positive which would bring the communities together following a recent attack on an 82-year-old woman in Tennyson Road.
“We just wanted to do something nice for everybody so they felt united and not divided,” she said.
“A bit of community spirit goes a long way, brings positive vibes back and that’s exactly what has happened because people have been amazing as to how they’ve responded to it all.”
Money raised from the event, with stallholders charged £1 each and visitors paying £1 for the list of those taking part, will go back into the community with an online poll deciding which good cause will benefit.
Lake Avenue Store and Post Office is donating 50 per cent of takings from teas and coffees it sells on the day to their cause. There will also be face-painting and Allison’s Eatery at St Olaves Precinct will be open for Sunday lunch.
Miss Garner thanked Kingfisher Press which printed for free posters designed by her son Lewis and everyone who helped with the event.
“It’s been absolutely amazing,” she said. “I can’t believe how many people have given up their time and all shown enthusiasm.
“Hopefully if it’s a really good event, then this can grow every year.
“The estates are now fully aware that we’re having this sale and people are talking about it but what we’re looking for now is footfall. This is for everyone to come to.
“It’s such a big thing now where people are upcycling - it’s almost trendy to reuse items.
A bit of community spirit goes a long way, brings positive vibes back and that’s exactly what has happened - Tarna Garner
“What’s nicer than having a little browse - take the dog out, take the children out, enjoy the sun fingers crossed and find a bargain.”
For details on where the list of addresses can be collected and parking, search for Howard & Mildenhall Estate Sale Trail on Facebook or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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