BUSY FINGERS – Charity, Second hand store Jan 2019

By Sandra


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Tags: Second-hand store. Charity. Pre-loved. Bribie Island

The staff and volunteers of Busy Fingers sincerely hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. As the New Year begins so does the shop, with us re-opening this Monday 7th January at 8.30, the staff have had a well earned two week break and hopefully are ready to start back at work.

Before we closed we had a raffle and as promised I have the numbers that won 1st Prize Lawn Mower and Shopping Gift Card Black B92, Matt 2nd Prize Gifts/Hamper and Shopping Gift Card Black F48, Vikki 3rd Prize Gifts/Hamper and Shopping Gift Card Orange E01, Colin 4th Prize Gifts/Hamper and Shopping Gift Card Black B80, Han We congratulate all the winners and thank all our supporters who participated.

The week before Christmas we had a few days of a shop wide sale of 50% off and we managed to please many shoppers who thought it was a great idea and found many bargains on the way. This will also allow us to fill the shelves with a lot of new stock that is currently sitting in the storeroom, making more room for any new donations. Our manager Sonia has reorganised the shop once again, I think she is beginning to like making changes, but all in a good cause, she is hoping to keep the shop looking open and fresh. She has also ordered a few more shelves to accommodate more stocks for display.

There will be bargain days again this year and once we know what donations are arriving we will put the bargain items on the noticeboard as you come into the front door. Sonia has also advised me that she will be having $5 baskets of clothes during the last week of the month.


During our final committee meeting of the year, we were asked for several items and they included air conditioning in the male and female bunkhouses of the Surf Lifesaving Club. Many use these bunkhouses including visiting nippers on camps as well as the lifeguards, the design of the rooms include small windows that give little airflow and ventilation so air-conditioning will improve the situation greatly.

We were also able to supply the Bribie Island primary school with volunteer T-shirts and also some new ipads to be used to help students with disabilities and learning difficulties to access the curriculum. The old ipads they are using cannot access the current learning apps the school uses. We continue to support the VMR with their monthly fuel needs and also the Bribie Hospice with the Palliative Care suite at the Bribie Island Retirement Village.

Busy Fingers would not be able to continue to support the island residents both young and mature without our customers continually coming to shop and also the wonderful residents who donate their pre-loved treasures. We thank you all.


If you are a member of an island club or association and require assistance please let us know. We try to assist all not for profit associations and sporting clubs, we also assist the Police, SES, VMR and the BI Hospice. Our President Karen is quite happy to come along to your club and present our aims and goals and how your club can apply for assistance.

Please call 3410 1920 or email [email protected] if you wish to have a presentation or if you wish to apply for a grant of assistance. When applying for assistance please include a contact name and phone number and also a current equipment quote, tell us a bit about your association/ club and membership and why you need the equipment you are requesting.

Please be aware we only deal with island associations and groups, not individuals. In closing we would like to thank Mavis Howard for her hard work in supplying so many lucky dip bags for the children during the year, these sell quickly and give so much enjoyment to the kids. Also, we must thank Richard and the gang at The Bribie Islander for our advertising and also allowing us to put an article each month. Hope to see you in the shop soon. Sandra.

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