Shepparton News

Let’s get ready to rummage

CLOTHES, SHOES, ACCESSORIE­S: OPPORTUNIT­Y BECKONS AT THIS WEEKEND’S SECONDHAND MARKET IN TATURA

- By Rosa Ritchie

Thrifty shoppers will roll up their sleeves for Tatura’s Regional Rummage this weekend, and organiser Nicole Morse says despite a few sleepless nights in the lead-up to the secondhand clothing market, she can’t wait to see the way it invigorate­s her hometown.

“I love it — Tat used to be fairly quiet on Sundays, not many stores were open, which is completely fair, it’s a country town,” she said.

But the day of a Regional Rummage isn’t so sleepy.

Before the first market in February, Ms Morse posted in a community Facebook page to let Tatura business owners know that her event might attract customers from out of town, and a few stores decided to open for the day.

“The bakery was open and they had a really busy day — it’s really good to hear,” she said.

The sold-out first market taught Ms Morse valuable lessons for next time, and she also conducted a survey to learn more about the community reaction.

Some found the scale of the much-anticipate­d event featuring 80 stalls a tad overwhelmi­ng, so this time things will be scaled back.

“We’ve made the conscious decision to cut it back to 40 stalls, and that allowed us to make the stalls a bit bigger so people have more room to shop,” she said.

‘‘I think it’ll make it a better customer experience.’’

The spacing has the added benefit of ensuring the market complies with the current social distancing requiremen­t of one person per four square metres.

Ms Morse was confident there would be something for everyone at this weekend’s rummage, after being impressed by the variety of people who came to the previous market. “It honestly amazed me,” she said.

Having expected the stalls of preloved clothing, shoes and accessorie­s to mostly attract people from her friendship circle, she was delighted to see people of all ages out shopping for men’s, women’s and children’s gear.

Organising the Regional Rummage is a labour of love for Ms Morse, who works full-time remotely as an inventory manager for a retailer in Melbourne.

Although she initially considered taking the market on the road to other regional Victorian towns, scouting suitable locations has proved difficult and for now it will remain attached to Tatura.

The second Regional Rummage was postponed by a month due to July’s snap COVID-19 lockdown, and anticipati­on for the longawaite­d market is building among shoppers and stallholde­rs.

Food and drinks will be available for purchase at this month’s market, including caffeine from Fast Brew Coffee Co, and bao buns and more from ChowTown.

Organisers will be required to perform licence checks at the door to screen for unlawful visitors from greater Melbourne, and patrons must wear a mask, check in and observe social distancing.

● The next Regional Rummage will be held at Tatura’s Victory Hall on Sunday, August 22, from 10 am to 2 pm. A gold coin donation will be collected on entry for the Shepparton Winter Night Shelter.

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 ?? Pictures: Megan Fisher ?? Bag a bargain: Creator of Regional Rummage Nicole Morse at the successful first event’s site; Above right: The event is set to run from 10 am to 2 pm at Victory Hall in Tatura.
Pictures: Megan Fisher Bag a bargain: Creator of Regional Rummage Nicole Morse at the successful first event’s site; Above right: The event is set to run from 10 am to 2 pm at Victory Hall in Tatura.

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