Boots, bottles, bric-a-brac attract collectors
MORE than 600 people attended the Tweed's annual Collectibles Exhibition and Trading Fair at the Murwillumbah Civic Centre on Saturday.
The always-popular fair, run by the Northern Rivers Bottle and Collectors Club, was this year attended by exhibitors from Roma in western Queensland, the Sunshine Coast, Brisbane and Coffs Harbour, as well as a strong local contingent.
The fair raises money for Murwillumbah Hospital.
Fair organiser, carpenter Trevor Brooks of Stokers Siding, yesterday said proceeds had not yet all been tallied, but around $2000 was expected to be donated to the hospital.
Mr Brooks said old metal machinery seats bearing manufacturers' names, "brasses" from horse bridles and harnesses and kitchen crockery electric jugs were among the more unusual collections displayed this year.
He said collecting was "like a disease", but prices were going up all the time and collectibles generally were "better than money in the bank".