Thousands scout for deals at showgrounds in wake of jamboree
BARGAIN hunters flocked in their thousands to Maryborough on Saturday, to snap up what they could in the most epic garage sale the Fraser Coast has ever seen.
By the time doors were opened at 9am there were more than 5000 people waiting to get into the Australian Scout Jamboree clearance sale.
By 9.15am it was "like a crowded mosh pit at a U2 concert", said clearance manager David Robinson.
"We sold virtually everything," he said.
"The only things left were some food items, and we're looking at donating them to a local charity or food bank."
The 11-day jamboree at the Maryborough showgrounds was attended by more than 12,000 scouts, leaders and volunteers, leaving behind thousands of items to be sold at "extraordinarily low prices".
Mr Robinson said the fastest sellers were pop-up shade shelters, eskies and remote-controlled cars, which were all gone within half an hour. Unusual items such as crutches, mini boat anchors and rubber rafts were snapped up within hours.
Mr Robinson said despite sweltering temperatures and long lines, crowd behaviour was exemplary.
"We are happy everyone had the opportunity to get a bargain and that charities will also benefit," he said.