President of Grafton Vinnies Centre Pauline Grant and volunteer Helen Power set up the Vinnies Spring Splendour sale, which will start on Saturday.
President of Grafton Vinnies Centre Pauline Grant and volunteer Helen Power set up the Vinnies Spring Splendour sale, which will start on Saturday. Adam Hourigan

Vinnies throws a 'boxing day' sale

BARGAIN-HUNTERS and collectors will be out in force on Saturday morning, lining up at the door for what is one of Grafton's most eagerly anticipated sales of the year.

The Vinnies Spring Splendour always attracts a lot of attention, particularly to passers-by who are intrigued by the enticing display of 'special' items in the store's front windows.

But despite signage clearly stating the items will not go on sale until 9am, Saturday, September 17, they still try their luck by inquiring inside about purchasing the items, then and there.

"Some people get a bit angry about it," centre president Pauline Grant said.

"But those are the rules."

The annual spring sale has been held for the past five years and always features a diverse collection of interesting items and curios donated in the six months preceding the sale.

"This year there are lots of collectable pieces and genuine antiques, all priced to sell," Pauline said.

She said they do get someone in to provide a fair appraisal of the goods but they still represent very good buying.

And, of course, all the proceeds go to St Vinnies to help them carry on their good work.

This year's treasure trove includes an antique railway light and coach light, an old timber travel trunk possibly owned by an immigrant, lovely English ceramics, quality jewellery, an old set of brass scales with weights, as well as plenty of bric-a-brac.

There will be about 20 or so volunteers on deck to help distribute the goods on a 'first come, first served' basis, but please remember your manners.

Pauline said there is normally about 50 or more people waiting outside before they open the doors, the first few arriving at least an hour before the sale starts.

"It's a bit like a Myer Boxing Day sale," she said.

Let's hope those keen shoppers don't take that too literally.



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