GOING ONCE, GOING TWICE: Ashley Maeyke at the Mundubbera Rotary Club Charity Auction on Saturday.
GOING ONCE, GOING TWICE: Ashley Maeyke at the Mundubbera Rotary Club Charity Auction on Saturday. Alex Treacy

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.


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