The Men’s Shed in Crestmead will be selling a wide range of quality handmade items at a community sale and BBQ event on November 6, 2021 at 161B Magnesium Drive, Crestmead between 7am and 2pm.
The Men’s Shed have been busy in the lead up to the holiday season tinkering away at hand crafted Christmas gifts to spread a little cheer in the community.
Market goers would be able to choose from a wide variety of items including, but not limited to toy trucks, push-along trolleys, candle holders with scented candles, planter-boxes, hanging plant holders, wind chimes, bowls, dog beds, bird ornaments, beehives, “bee motels,” tools and more.
Most items will range from $2 to $50, with larger items including a restored rocking chair going for a higher price.
The Logan City Community Men’s Shed president John “Bear” Hinds said the men hoped for a good community turnout on the day.
“All are welcome; anyone can come down,” he said.
“We’ve got coffee and a sausage sizzle going as well.
“It should be a good day.”
Everything has been made from recycled timber from unwanted furniture and wood palettes.
“It’s unbelievable what they’ve made out of recycled timber,” Bear said.
Any items that sold out on the day could be placed on order and made in time for Christmas.
Bear found the Mens Shed after a truck accident many years ago set him back physically, mentally and financially.
“I was going through a lot of bad depression … I felt like a failure to my family,” he said.
Bear met a few men at the Mens Shed and found that sharing real conversations with other men helped him work through his personal hardships.
He is now the president of the Mens Shed in Crestmead and hoped to encourage other men to come together and support each other.
“We’ve done some mental health first aid courses so we can help other blokes that have been down in the dumps,” he said.
The Mens Shed is open to all men aged 18+ on Monday-Friday from 8am – 2pm and Saturday 8am – 1pm.
The group started out two and a half years ago with about 15 members and grew to 80 members by October 2021.
The group hoped to find more donors and sponsorships from local businesses to help them continue to support one another in the community.