Tin toys, vintage jewellery, cedar furniture and even a scythe have filled the rooms of the Inverell Club in anticipation of their third annual antique sale.
Held this Saturday, April 22, organiser Tony Sonter said the club had been overwhelmed with unique donations. “Of about 1000 items we’ve selected 500, but I’ve got enough to fill up next year’s sale already. It’s just great,” he said.
A lucky bid prize of old currency will be up for grabs, with a 1920s tombola used to select the winner before going on sale itself.
Locals will have a chance to own a piece of Inverell’s history, with early Thomas soda syphons, a sandwich tray from the Inverell Rifle Club’s 1951 ball and a bundle of old Inverell Times papers on sale.
A Thomas marble bottle will be a rare treat for a successful bidder.
“These were a patent to keep the drinks fresh. A marble would fall down and seal the bottle,” Tony said.
“But of course, during the depression, most of them were broken for the kids to get the marbles out.”
Tony said there was something for everyone. “A bedroom suite down to a lady’s ring,” he said.
The funds will go towards maintaining the club’s building.
“It’s a beautiful old building. It’s still one of the few original purpose-built clubs in Australia that operates as such,” Tony said.