LUCKY FIND: Mick McQuilty travelled from Ebor, near Dorrigo for his monthly auction fossick for chainsaws. Private Museum and Collectables auction at Green Ridge near Casino.
LUCKY FIND: Mick McQuilty travelled from Ebor, near Dorrigo for his monthly auction fossick for chainsaws. Private Museum and Collectables auction at Green Ridge near Casino. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Auction of rare, old, and interesting items draws interest

A TREASURE trove of collectables, rusty antiques and farm equipment drew hundreds of people to Paul George's Casino farm on Saturday.

From antiques dealers to collectors, to mum and dad restorers, people browsed, studied, researched and photographed everything from old telephones to typewriters.

With 2000 items up for auction over the weekend, auctioneer Darren Perkins didn't waste time moving through the lots.

Bids came thick and fast from 250 registered bidders competing for everything from vintage radiograms, farm equipment and fridges, to sewing machines, sulkies, stove tops and even bathroom sinks.

Some of the more unique lots included a washing machine shaped like an old child's pram, made of tin and operated by hand, and an old cast iron shoe scraper from a pub at Glenn Innes.

Mr George put his collection under the auctioneers hammer as he is moving from his property.

Mick McQuilty travelled from Ebor, near Dorrigo for his monthly auction fossick for chainsaws.

The tractor, Landrover and chainsaw collector said he amassed a collection of 40 vintage chainsaws in just 12 months.

"There's nine chainsaws here and I'll probably have a dig at all of them," he said.

Colleen Trease and her husband Ross, of Alstonville, took grandson William Contojohn to the auction to buy a set of wagon wheels for a project.

"We have a dray at home that we are doing up and those wagon wheels would have been perfect," she said.

"But we were so engrossed in everything here we missed the bidding."

Mary-Jane Dunn and Darren Molyneaux of Tyalgum snapped up a vintage ice box.

"You never know what you are going to find, and to me this is a beautiful treasure that I am going to use," she said.

The Rural Fire Service canteen kept bidders and browsers sustained selling food, drinks, coffee and cakes. The auction wrapped up on Sunday at Green Ridge Hall.



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