Traralgon’s inaugural car park market

MEN defied the stereotypes and shopped up a storm on Saturday at Traralgon’s inaugural car park market.

An estimated crowd of 2000 packed the Hotham Street multi-level car park, which was transformed into the ultimate man cave.

About 40 stall holders showed off their manly products, which included a street machine display and motorbike exhibit.

Also on the ground floor was a wood carver, who chipped out an image of an owl that was raffled off, with proceeds going to charity.

“Overall the event was a great success. We had a good number of people attend, and in these tough economic times, the businesses who participated certainly saw the benefits,” Traralgon Chamber of Commerce assistant secretary Ty Morsink said.

“We really didn’t know what to expect, given it’s the first one of these that Traralgon has done, so we were very impressed with the turnout.”

Coinciding with the AUSTimber 2016 events, Mr Morsink said the aim of the market was to raise money for the depression support charity, beyondblue.

“In the end we have raised $1100 for a great charity, which we are sure will go to helping a lot of locals, that are going through a very tough time at the moment with the ongoing drought conditions,” he said.