Chalet clearing sale a great success
Tuesday 6 May, 2014
A crowd of around five hundred enthusiastic bidders turned out for the Mount Buffalo Chalet clearing sale last Sunday. Surprisingly good weather and the allure of over 600 lots of memorabilia drew buyers and onlookers up the hill throughout the day.
Auctioneer Gerard Gray of Dickens Real Estate kicked off the event in the Manfield cafe which was crowded with household and memorabilia items ranging from a piano to monogrammed dinner jackets. Some items of sentimental and nostalgic appeal attracted vigorous bidding, and good prices were paid for tableware, candleholders and old Chalet signage. The wide range of building and workshop equipment was also sought after by a discerning crowd of handy and trades people.
There were plenty of bargains for those wanting to take home some memorabilia, like Don and Franca Norris who, having celebrated eleven wedding anniversaries at the Chalet, had their eye on a vintage wooden dressing table.
Some brisk after sale trading was also part of the day for those game enough to bid on large combined lots of items, such as twelve bar fridges and sixty seven electric kettles.
Parks Victoria District Manager Ty Caling says Parks Victoria staff were very pleased with the day with almost all of the 1,500 items going to new homes.
“The clearing sale has been a huge success for Parks Victoria. It was great to see the crowds and hear stories of the Chalet, which is so close to many people’s hearts. It not only provided an opportunity for people to take a piece of Chalet memorabilia home with them, but we are now progressing well with having the site prepared for future refurbishment works.”
All proceeds from the sale go back into the Chalet restoration. Planning and detailed design work has commenced as part of the Victorian Government’s $7.5 million commitment to reopen the Chalet as a day visitor area.
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