Man time

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Troy Styles and Vin­cent Vinci­to­rio are al­ways on the look­out for some­thing else for their man caves. They were among scores of blokes rum­mag­ing around on Sun­day at Tatura’s lat­est mar­ket— Man Cave Mad­ness Garage Sale at Tatura’s Scout Hall.

Tatura has a new week­end mar­ket, but or­gan­iser Jody Vinci­to­rio promised it would not be for ev­ery­one.

‘‘There are no plants, no doilies and no baked goods, so it’s not your av­er­age mar­ket,’’ Mr Vinci­to­rio said. ‘‘It’s just man stuff.’’ Dubbed the ‘Man Cave Mad­ness Garage Sale’, the monthly event started ear­lier this year as a way for him to get rid of some of his ex­cess goods.

Re­al­is­ing one man’s trash is an­other man’s trea­sure, he put the word out for peo­ple in­ter­ested in spe­cialty mar­kets ded­i­cated to man caves.

A hand­ful of stall­hold­ers turned up to the first event, but grad­u­ally the word has been spread­ing around Tatura and beyond the Goul­burn Val­ley.

Last week­end, 13 stall­hold­ers were set up, sell­ing ev­ery­thing from old records and beer cans to fur­ni­ture made from parts of old cars and ma­chin­ery.

Mr Vinci­to­rio said the pop­u­lar­ity of man caves was at­trib­uted to men just want­ing a special place close by in which to chill out.

‘‘Peo­ple build their shed and have the boys around,’’ he said.

‘‘If it’s a big cave or a lit­tle cave it is still a lit­tle es­cape.’’

Stall­hold­ers are charged $10 a stall, with the pro­ceeds go­ing to­wards the up­keep of Tatura Scout Hall.

The Man Cave Mad­ness Garage Sale is on the last Sun­day of each month from 9 amat the Tatura Scout Hall on Martin St. For in­for­ma­tion, phone Jody Vinci­to­rio on 0423 402 023.

Chef: Hay­den Styles, 13, is a master of the grill.

En­tre­pre­neur: Jesse Styles, 8, has al­ready made a healthy profit sell­ing used hub­caps.

Sharp: Neville Stephen­son al­ways keeps a close eye on any man cave bar­gains.

Light­ing the way: Michael O’Brien from Moama show­ing off his lan­terns.

Cheers: Rod Se­mens finds new uses for old alcohol bot­tles.

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