A community is to run its first jumble sale to raise money for a food bank charity.
Almost 100 stalls will be installed across Arnold on Sunday (July 25) surpassing the initial 20-stall target.
Residents who are looking to clear out any clutter have been invited to hold their stall in their garden or garage while prospective customers will be wandering around the neighbourhood looking for bargains.
The suggested minimum donation for running a stall is £2.70 with 98 participants already lined up for the event.
Hundreds are expected to attend the event which had a ‘fantastic’ response on a Facebook community group.
While each stallholder is free to do as they please with money they earn, profits from stall registration or donations will go to Arnold Foodbank.
Organiser of the event Melanie HIll, 40, said: “I turned to the Arnold Facebook community group a few weeks ago regarding Arnold holding its very first community safari sale.
“The response I had was incredible and I knew right away it was a project I needed to get started on so I contacted the Facebook admin Emlyn from the Arnold community group and along with all his fantastic ideas he allowed me to use his platform to organise this event.”
Ms Hill, a mum of two, added: “I have always brought my two children Jayden and Ella up knowing that if they are fortunate enough to help someone else then they should.
“So I made the decision that I wanted to raise funds for Arnold Foodbank to show them what we could do if we pulled together by selling stalls to be featured on a map. I had a target of 20 stalls and managed to book 98 in total.”
Arnold’s first ever jumble sale will take place from 11am to 3pm.
Mrs Hill added: “Along with the stall fees, I am running a raffle that has over 47 donations from local businesses and member’s of the community.
“I have also been receiving from members of the community who have donated so much that will be sold on my stall at 4 Derwent Crescent, Arnold with all money raised going to the foodbank.
“The foodbank does so much for others and I am so happy that I can help them to help others by creating this amazing event that has warmed the hearts of our local residents.
“The Arnold community is buzzing and everyone is talking about it.
Customers looking for bargains in Arnold will be able to check the availability of the stalls through an online map.
Emlyn Mousley, a Facebook admin of the Arnold Community group, added: “I’ve seen a couple of the jumble safari events, in the local area like Mapperley and Sherwood and have been meaning to start one in Arnold, I’ve just been busy with other community projects.
“So when Melanie sent me a message to ask if she could use Arnold Community Group to help promote it I said yes – let’s go for it.
“It has been an amazing response from the residents in Arnold, the community group always responds well with these kinds of events, but getting 98 stalls is amazing.
“Not only that, Mel has been accepting donations from local businesses too to raffle off- so she’s been absolutely amazing and rushed off her feet.
“I have just focused on using the power of Arnold Community Group to promote the Safari and help Melanie with ideas and some of the management.
“I think we both thought it would be a lot smaller but the residents in Arnold have got right behind it.
“We’re hoping for some good weather on Sunday so the event is successful.”
The event comes after Arnold Foodbank served 6,133 people from Nottingham and Gedling in the last year
Trustee member of the Arnold Foodbank Arthur Pember, added: “I was scrolling through Facebook and saw a posting from Arnold Jumble Safari.
“I am now working hard on publishing this event as the great people of Arnold have continually supported the foodbank.
“I am holding a stall at Hamilton Close, along with nearly 100 others.
“My fingers are crossed for good weather as the magnificent Mel is working day and night to make this event the best Arnold has ever seen.”
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