Bales from boot sales

The Observer - - NEWS - GRE­GORY BRAY Gre­gory.Bray@glad­sto­neob­

THE PEO­PLE who at­tended this year’s Ro­tary Car Boot Sale at the Cal­liope His­tor­i­cal Vil­lage helped make a dif­fer­ence to drought-stricken farm­ers.

Ro­tar­ian Neil Smith said all the money raised will go­ing to a drought re­lief char­ity.

“We had about 2000 peo­ple come through the gates,” he said.

“Be­cause Ro­tary doesn’t have any ad­min­is­tra­tion fees, ev­ery cent we made on Sat­ur­day will go to needy farm­ers.”

Mr Smith said the event went well in spite of some ini­tial prob­lems with the book­ing sys­tem in the run up to the day.

“We’re very grate­ful Heidi Lev­ings sorted the site book­ings sys­tem out,” he said.

“While we may have been slightly down in the num­ber of ven­dors at­tend­ing, the qual­ity of goods on of­fer was def­i­nitely up.”

Mr Smith said plenty of peo­ple pulled in off the high­way for a wan­der around.

“The pineap­ples were pretty pop­u­lar with tourists,” he said.

“Plus one bloke from Tasmania was very happy to find some oil bot­tles he’s been try­ing to get for years.”

Ven­dors came from as far away as Cairns and Vic­to­ria.

Peter Free­man, from Spring­sure, said he had “done al­right” on the day.

“I’ve been com­ing to the car boot sale here for years, since 2008,” he said.

“It’s a friendly event and it’s good to catch up with mates too.”

An­gus Bau­man won the ma­jor prize raf­fle, a box full of power tools worth more than $900.

Photo: Greg Bray

CAR BOOT SALE: An­gus Bau­man won the raf­fle at the Ro­tary Car Boot Sale at the Cal­liope His­tor­i­cal Vil­lage.

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