Friday, November 10, 2023
Mackay and Whitsunday Life
When you’re travelling down Faust Street in Proserpine, be sure to keep your eye out for the bright orange fridge, that adorns the front garden on one of the properties.
The orange fridge, hidden by hedges and leaves, is particularly special because it is a big ‘little free library’ created by Gabby Sinclair.
Setting up the fridge six months ago, Gabby used it give away books she had stashed around her home.
“Being related to my father, I have inherited a slight hoarding problem! I had most of the books from when I was little and from my kids,” Gabby explained.
Instead of sending the books to the op shop or the garbage bin, she decided to create a little free library.
“I thought about an old fridge. I put a post on Facebook, asking for a broken fridge, and received plenty of messages. We picked one up and decided to paint it bright orange,” she said.
“We wanted to make it stand out on the street. Silly me also sprayed the door seals, so now it’s a bit sticky, sorry guys!”
Initially unsure if the fridge was being used, she checked on it last week.
“I saw so many new books gracing the shelves. This just made me so happy.”
From what started as a simple idea to share old books has developed to a local legend.
“Many a night I’ve heard people at the fridge, possibly on a late-night stroll home from the pub, going through it,” Gabby laughed.
“I just thought it was a nice idea to share with anyone interested in reading.”
The orange fridge on Faust Street in Proserpine, be sure to check it out! Photo credit: Bronte Hodge