By Sandra

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Tags: Second-hand Store. Used clothing, books. Charity. Not for Profit


I just can’t understand these lazy people who continue to use us as a dumping ground. At approximately 1.30 am, a person drove up on the footpath and proceeded to dump 2 filthy, urine-soaked mattresses, later that morning it rained and these mattresses became very heavy and disgusting to handle. Our volunteers should not have to deal with these problems, but they do it to help us and the community.

As I have stated before when our gates are shut, the footpath area belongs to the council not Busy Fingers, so you are dumping illegally and the council can prosecute and fines will apply. Due to this final dump, the management will now report all out of hours dumping to the council and will supply them with security footage.

PLEASE think of your fellow residents who give their time to support the island, helping us raise funds that are used to enhance the quality of life of island residents. PLEASE take your rubbish to the dump yourself, we already have two large green bins emptied every week at great expense, money that could be used more productively on the island. Our vehicle is used for pick-ups and deliveries, and our roster easily gets behind if we have to take time out to do dump trips.

The public could also help by recording licence plates numbers if they see anything suspicious during the evening or early morning, and ringing us on 3408 1014. We do report any issues to the police and the council especially when filthy items are dumped outside our gates.


Please be aware that the last week of each month we will be having our “Fill a basket of clothing for $5”, this will continue until further notice. Any other bargains and discounted items will be written up daily on the Blackboard as you enter the shop. As the cooler months are approaching the clothing racks will have more winter clothes than summer clothes, but we will continue to have a wide variety of summer clothes available throughout the winter months.

We have had problems selling on lounges and large wall units over the last few months, these items take up a lot of valuable floor space. Therefore, it has been decided to only accept a lounge or wall unit once the ones on the floor have been sold, and we will only accept these items if they are in a very good condition. We thank you for considering us when you have donated these items in the past.


We wish to apologise for the inconvenience caused last week when we had to rope off part of the area around the front counter. The counter required much-needed changes, allowing us to display a lot more jewelry and delicate items. We have moved the glass cabinet that used to be on the left as you entered the front door; this has opened up the entrance and made it easier to go straight to the electrical and kitchen areas.


Over the month we have given many donations across the island including the following:- Croquet Club required 2 sun/ weather shelters. Diabetes Support can now send 20 children to the education camps. Toc H required several safety repairs including replacing the back stairs. Banksia Beach School now has new sensory equipment for their Special Education Project.

A Play Centre for the Baptist Hall grounds for the use of all groups on the island and those who use the hall. Linen for Boronia Cottage Respite, and repairs to the old cottage in Renton Street used by the Amateur Fishing group, also medical equipment for the BI Aged Care to name a few. We could not support these groups without the support of all the island residents who donate their pre-loved items and our customers, we thank you all.

busy fingers. used clothing. scond hand bribie island REQUEST FOR PRESENTATIONS AND DONATIONS

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.


Over the last few years, I have continually thanked our dear friend Mavis Howard who used to give up some of her valuable time to make up the children’s lucky dip bags. These bags were greatly received by the children, and Mavis used to ensure we had plenty on hand during the school holidays.

Children staying with their grandparents used to come in for games and puzzles to keep them occupied and they used to also get a bag for the surprises inside. We were advised by Mavis’s family that Mavis had passed away recently, we send our condolences to her family and we sincerely thank Mavis for all her efforts and support over the years, she will be sadly missed by all at Busy Fingers.

As usual, I wish to thank the Bribie Islander Family for all the support they have given us over the years. Hope to see you in the shop soon. Sandra


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