Treasures from times gone by have been piling up in the Inverell Club in anticipation of the group's annual antique auction on April 27.
In its fifth year, the event invites locals to purchase one-of-a-kind pieces of the town's past, from an 1878 silver junior ploughman medal to a shearer's bench from Inverell Station.
Funds raised from the auction will go towards maintaining the 110-year-old club house.
"We've got a very active committee that's a very hands on group. There'll be a working bee here eventually with what we decide is the next thing to fix, and we'll hopefully have the proceeds of this auction to throw towards it," club president Dayne Rosolen said.
The auction has been rising in popularity each year, with organiser Tony Sonter given the increasingly difficult task of limiting the items listed to 500.
"At last year's auction I already had about 200 items to get into this year's auction," he said. The club is considering holding a second auction later in the year in order to make the most of the requests from vendors.
"What's happened this year is that we've had several estates approach us to disperse (items), and that's never happened before," Tony said. One estate served as a true time capsule, with the house left without occupants since 1956.
Tingha locals are sure to feel nostalgic, with an old primary school bench on sale, along with a 'no admittance' sign from the town's mining warden's office.
A selection of dingo traps will catch the eyes of collectors while lovers of colonial furniture will have endless choices. A pastry table hints to previous generations, with the words Burge Brothers on its underside.
"Collectables have been more and more popular over the years. We've also got a lot of inquiries from people who want to decorate their man cave. We've got quite a few items that fit into that category - old signs and oil tins and bits and pieces like that," Tony said.
The auction will be held at the club from 10am, Saturday, April 27. Registrations begin at 9am and a viewing will run from 5pm on Friday.