Aro­hanui Hospice fundraiser re­turns

The Tribune (NZ) - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - RICHARD MAYS

‘‘It's about bring­ing to­gether the many 'fab­ric-a-holics' out there who have col­lected more fab­ric than they will ever be able to use...’’ Josie Brennan

‘Fab­ric-aholics’ re­joice be­cause Fab­ric-a-brac is back.

When Josie Brennan’s mother went into a rest home, Brennan in­her­ited her mother’s stash of fab­ric and sewing ac­ces­sories.

‘‘I thought if I didn’t know what to do with it all, there must be oth­ers, so I started an event where peo­ple could sell on things they had no use for, but that oth­ers might value.’’

Fab­ric-a-brac pro­vides a venue and a ta­ble peo­ple can hire to on­sell fab­ric and ma­te­ri­als they no longer have a use or stor­age for.

The first Fab­ric-a-brac took place in Welling­ton as a fundraiser for the Mary Pot­ter Hospice in 2009. Brennan brought it to Palmer­ston North for Aro­hanui Hospice the following year. ’’Palmer­ston North - Manawatu has a back­ground of tex­tiles and a strong quilt­ing com­mu­nity, so there was a bit of mo­men­tum al­ready here.’’

Since then, she has helped set up Fab­ric-a-bracs around the coun­try. Welling­ton now has two over­sub­scribed Fab­ric-a-bracs a year and Brennan said the Auck­land event was also over­sub­scribed. It has also proved pop­u­lar in New Ply­mouth and now in Master­ton, and has launched in Sydney, Bris­bane and Ade­laide.

‘‘It’s like a fran­chise - with­out any money chang­ing hands. It’s about bring­ing to­gether the many ‘fab­ric-a-holics’ out there who have col­lected more fab­ric than they will ever be able to use, with oth­ers who want af­ford­able qual­ity fab­rics and sewing ac­ces­sories.’’

There are ‘‘in­dus­trial scale’’ roles of bind­ing and roles of cloth­ing siz­ing la­bels that have been do­nated prob­a­bly from a com­mer­cial source, and there’s al­ways the pos­si­bil­ity of scor­ing unique and vin­tage fab­rics.

Brennan said the event had cre­ated a com­mu­nity of its own. ’’It’s a lovely vibe, with peo­ple telling the sto­ries as­so­ci­ated with their fab­ric, and buy­ers talk­ing about what they’re go­ing to make with it. It makes peo­ple feel bet­ter about sell­ing it when they know it’s be­ing bought by some­one who ap­pre­ci­ates it. I’m re­ally pleased with how it’s panned out.’’

It runs from 9am to 1pm on Novem­ber 5 at Cross­roads Church.

Fab­ric-a-brac or­gan­iser Josie Brennan pre­pares for the next Aro­hanui fundrais­ing event in Palmer­ston North.

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