Nearly new sale for Gourdon

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A Mearns sale, which has raised thousands of pounds for charity, has inspired a new group of mums to establish their own baby and toddler event.

The ‘Auchenblae nearly new sale’ of children’s clothing, toys and nursery equipment has run successfully for the last seven years and raised money for a number of local good causes.

Now parents from Tadpoles Toddler Group in Gourdon have come together to organise their own ‘New 2 You’ event which will run for the first time on June 7. Organisers spent a weekend volunteering with the Auchenblae team and picking up tips for running a successful sale.

Lynn Stephen, from Gourdon, who is chair of Tadpoles Toddler Group, said: “A number of our parents regularly attend the Auchenblae nearly new sale and we know it is a fantastic forum to sell and to buy baby and toddler clothes, toys and equipment.

“We felt that there was an opportunity to bring a similar event to the Mearns coast and we will host our own event in June, which will run along similar lines to the Auchenblae sale.

‘‘We have received fantastic support from the Auchenblae team who allowed us to help out and to learn from their experience – they have a very smooth operation with seven years behind them!

‘‘The Auchenblae sale is more informal than some of those organised on a national level and we want to keep that community feel at our event.”

Proceeds raised from the sale will be split between Tadpoles Toddler Group, which is a registered charity, and Gourdon Primary School. Anyone wishing to sell items can request a seller number by emailing gourdonsale@yahoo.com Each seller number costs £3 and 25% commission will be charged on items sold. All unsold items will be returned to the seller.

The Gourdon ‘New 2 You’ sale will take place in the village hall, Queen Street, between 9 and 11am. Entry will be £1.50 and refreshments will be on offer. For more details email gourdonsale@yahoo.com or visit our Facebook page which can be found under ‘Gourdon Sale’ .