Bargains bagged for good cause
MUNDUBBERA turned out in force for Saturday's annual Rotary Club Charity Auction, which netted the club $5500 to give back to the community in various ways.
Club treasurer Peter Hunsley said it was a "great result”, the auction's second best in the time he had been involved with the organisation.
He said it was only eclipsed by an auction about 8-10 years ago which had an abnormal number of tractors which pushed takings up.
The most expensive lot on the day was a Toyota Land Cruiser ute, which sold for $8200.
Several tractors also climbed into the $7000 price range, while there were also tinnies, kayaks, canoes, caravans and trailers which did well, among the hundreds of other bread-and-butter lots: tools, farm equipment, toys and other knick-knacks.
All told, there were 450 lots contributed by 54 vendors, with gross sales of approximately $49,000 delivered by 145 registered bidders.
Qualified auctioneer Ashley Maeyke again led the day's proceedings, and he agreed with Mr Hunsley that it was the second-best result for the charity auction in his time assisting.
From an auctioneer's perspective, the most important thing is having "good gear” to work with.
"And a little bit of banter goes a long way,” he said.
Mundubbera retiree Roy Ashton was a happy man after walking away with a nail gun and half-inch drill for $120.
He spoke for many when he said he went to the auction looking for "nothing in particular”.
Melinda Thorburn was on a bit more of a mission, joking that she wanted to stock up for future grandchildren.
She was outbid for a metal rocking toy, but walked away at the end of the day with a clawfoot bathtub she had been eyeing off.