TREASURE KEEPERS: Janice Hayward and Dianne Bourke say you never know what you will find.
TREASURE KEEPERS: Janice Hayward and Dianne Bourke say you never know what you will find. Toni Somes

Treasure for everyone at special Allora sale

FROM a moon boot designed to hold a broken leg steady, to wedding dresses, vintage binoculars and a solitary bowling ball - the range of stock for sale at Allora's Blue Care Boutique is beyond a simple description.

Yet for boutique co-ordinator Dianne Bourke and long-time volunteer Janice Hayward, the diversity keeps life interesting and means there is always something on the shelves for everyone.

The pair has played an integral role in the boutique's current face-lift and is now keen to raise the new-look shop's profile across the region.

We are always looking for more help. For many people it is very social, as well as being a generous community service.

"The boutique raises vital funds for the Allora/Clifton Blue Care respite centre," Mrs Hayward said.

"So as well as being an important fundraiser, the boutique also offers a chance for people from across the region to buy items in really good condition at very reasonable prices.

"We know there are families and people in our community doing it tough and we like to think we help make a difference for them.

"But we also have a lot of treasures for those looking for everything from dress-up costumes for parties, to designer label clothing or special bric-a-brac."

More than 20 locals regularly give up their time to volunteer in the boutique.

"However, we are always looking for more help. For many people it is very social, as well as being a generous community service," Ms Bourke said.

The duo agrees some of their most common requests come from young blokes looking for a perfect, strappy evening gown for costume parties.

"The only thing we don't sell is furniture and electrical goods," Ms Bourke said.

Come along and check out the shelves on May 10 when the boutique will open its doors in Warwick St, Allora for a special Mother's Day Market from 8am-12.30pm.



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