Alyce Stephenson competing in the women's 48kg weightlifting category at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.
Alyce Stephenson competing in the women's 48kg weightlifting category at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast. Marty Fields

Commonwealth Games history on sale in the Burnett

IF THEY get in quick, South Burnett residents can pick up a piece of the Commonwealth Game Athletes' Village.

From Thursday, June 7, furniture from the village units will be for sale through Lifeline stores in Kingaroy, Murgon and Gayndah.

Lifeline regional business manager, Andrew Armstrong, said the charity bought the furniture off the Queensland Government through a tender.

"We've already got some of the sofa chairs, bedside tables and single wardrobes and we're in the process of dispersing those,” he said.

"Gayndah got some last week while Murgon and Kingaroy will get a selection next week.

"We'll send a few items and if they sell those we'll send some more.”

Most of the items retail new for about $200 each but Lifeline will sell them from as low as $50.

Mr Armstong said they gave shoppers both good value and the satisfaction of knowing their shopping dollar would support people in need.

"The furniture is virtually new, they were only used for about two weeks,” he said.

The state government didn't donate furniture to Lifeline, rather the charity had to bid on the tender against other commercial interests.

Mr Armstrong said this was becoming common practice for charity shops.

"Our donations of furniture have been dropping over the past 10 years,” he said.

"The old, solid furniture that used to be used for generations and generations has gone and it's been replaced with flat-pack stuff. But the quality just isn't there.

"Once it's built, if you move it it falls apart. We've had to supplement our donated products with items we've bought.”

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