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Buying at clearance prices

(From left) Kerry, Chris and John O’Mara with their new shearer combine at the Woodcutters clearance sale on Saturday.
(From left) Kerry, Chris and John O’Mara with their new shearer combine at the Woodcutters clearance sale on Saturday. Erin Smith

THERE are four types of people at a clearance sale - the spectators, the bargain hunters, the collectors and those who come to buy something specific.

An old piece of machinery was what attracted the O'Mara family to the Woodcutters clearance auction on Saturday.

"I just brought a shearer combine," John O'Mara said.

"I got it for $420, which is enough for it.

"I'm going to use it to plant a bit of cow feed in a hard-to-get-to spot.

"I knew it was going to be on sale here."

John was accompanied by his son Kerry and grandson Chris. They all live and work on a farm at Mount Colliery.

"I've lived here all my life," John said.

"I only come to clearance sales if I see something I am interested in."

Also up for auction at the clearance sale were two jails, or brigs as they were called.

Seller Richard Matthews said his grandfather purchased them after the war.

"I'm not sure what year he brought them but they have been here since I came along in 1947," he said.

"They were from Morgan Park."

Only one of the jails sold at the auction for a price of $400.

The other will possibly be donated back to Morgan Park, as an important piece of history.

Topics:  auction clearance sale



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