Get ready to hunt for treasure this Saturday

Sixth annual Trash to Treasure sidewalk swap happening Hope-wide Saturday

Imagine finding a pair of perfectly good golf clubs on the side of the road, or a set of vintage steel Tonka toys. Now imagine taking them home with you free of charge.

It might be your lucky day this Saturday, as residents of Hope put their unwanted household items at the front of their property for others to search through in the sixth rendition of Trash to Treasure.

The idea behind the event, and having it the weekend after high school graduation, is to allow soon-to-be college students to furnish their new digs.

“The reason being, mum and dad can drive around with their kid that’s going to university and pick up their starter kit. So here’s your couch, here’s your microwave,” said Victor Smith, organizer with Communities in Bloom.

The one-day event also allows people to get rid of things they no longer use and gives others the opportunity to bring home much-needed items they may not otherwise be able to afford. Or, start a new hobby like golf.

“The people hadn’t golfed for 12 years, rolled out the golf clubs and cart, which probably let somebody golf now, who couldn’t afford to golf,” Smith shared one of the more memorable treasures he’s seen over the past six years of the event. “It’s getting used. It’s recycling stuff in a good way, it helps other people get going.”

The rules are simple: whatever you grab you have to take home, if you put things outside your home in the morning and they are still there at night you have to bring them in. Also, don’t forget to make a ‘Trash to Treasure’ sign so people don’t walk off with your outdoor furniture.

Trash to Treasure will be held across Hope, including Silver Creek and Kawkawa Lake, this Saturday, June 9, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.


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