Hammers and hard work pays off
SHOPPERS could have poured half of Allora out of their boots on Monday after spending hours strolling through the wet and muddy showgrounds at the annual Allora Community Auction.
Despite the rain, hundreds of eager buyers donned their Driza-bones and popped their brollies as they placed bids for thousands of quirky items.
And it paid off for organisers - $120,000 was raised, $20,000 less than last year, but still a considerable effort.
Auction secretary Wendy Ardrey said she was pleased shoppers braved the weather, even if it did keep some away.
"I couldn't believe how many people turned up," Mrs Ardrey said.
She said bidders were happy to potter around the grounds, sopping wet and all.
"Under very difficult weather conditions, we still had a great turnout and everyone was still happy to bide their time and just made fun of the weather."
A massive 2500 items scattered the showgrounds, 300 more than the predicted figure.
Mrs Ardrey said the teamwork by all parties was to be commended.
"The auctioneers all worked so well and the teams so well and I thought we were going to be there forever (because there were more items than expected) but we were done by 4pm," she said.
The stalls, which were used for the first time during this sale, were a hit and Mrs Ardrey said stall operators had requested they be considered for next year's auction.
Only a few unsold items were left after the auction, which will be distributed back to the vendors or disposed of if they were not worth keeping.
2500 items were up for auction
$120,000 was raised which is down on last year's $140,000, but still considerable.