SAVING THE BIG BUCKS: Amelia Kousary was optimistic she would snag this record player for her growing music collection at yesterday’s auction.
SAVING THE BIG BUCKS: Amelia Kousary was optimistic she would snag this record player for her growing music collection at yesterday’s auction. Kirstin Payne

Big deals keep on turning at Allora

MORE THAN 3000 people picked, searched and gawked at the massive collection of odds and ends for sale at the annual Allora Community Auction yesterday.

From second hand scarecrows to a worn-out mattress every single piece eventually found its way to a new home.

One of those items, a wooden flat top wagon reached $1000, one of highest bids on the day. However for long-time wagon collector and restorer Keith Mundey, it wasn't a spur of the moment purchase.

"I don't get in trouble when I go to the auctions, that happens when I go home," he laughed anticipating his wife's reaction.

"It's for my garden," Mr Mundey explained.

Garden show regulars both Mr Mundey and his wife Kay work hard on their Tannymorel property, often restoring wagons to decorate the landscape or to sell on to other gardeners.

"She does the garden, I do the ornaments," he said.

"I will oil this one up but probably resell it once I fix it, I have too many at home."

However Mr Mundey assures the eight wagons he already has at home are destined to be stationary.

"No I don't have anything to pull them, I don't like bloody horses," he laughed.

Less experienced but just as confident, first time bidder Amelia Kousary was certain her bid was a sure thing.

With her eye on an old record player the young music lover had already purchased second hand records to go with it.

Recently employed at McDonalds, Amelia was happy to spend some of her hard earned cash.

"I'm working now so my limit will be $50," she said.

The Year 10 student, who was spending the day at the auction with her parents, said she'd always had an interest in older music.

"I like Queen lately and others like Nat King Cole and Frank Sinatra," she said.

"I have a turntable at home if this doesn't work out."



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