A RARE opportunity to purchase vintage farm equipment and collectables saw more than 1000 people head out to record-breaking clearance sale at a Gwyrdir Highway farm last Saturday.

Auctioneer Ray Donovan said he had never seen anything like it with "cars lined up back towards Grafton" as the 450 bidding numbers were snapped up pronto by spectators keen to get their hands on everything from tractors to rusty tin signs.

"I was discussing how many cards to issue with Helen (wife), I thought about 280 because normally it's around 200, maybe 300 on a good day, but it went crazy."

Huge crowd at the Ray Donovan clearance sale last Saturday.
Huge crowd at the Ray Donovan clearance sale last Saturday. simonhughes

Ray said the clearance sale had broad appeal because of the quality of items. "The collectables dragged the crowd in. They are hard to find in that quantity. There were people from Newcastle, Townsville and Wauchope."

He said there were rare pieces, furniture, black smithing gear, old farm gear, tractors and ploughs on the items list. "We even had a guy from England after the Landrovers."

Ray said some of the most popular and priciest items were the old enamel signs up for grabs. "The Mobil Co. sign with the horse sold for $3000."

Ray said despite the heat, it was a very successful outcome. "We sold everything. It was a huge day. I don't expect we'll see another clearance sale like this one in the near future."



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