A STRONG crowd of serious buyers and curio collectors at the McGellin family clearing sale in Pinjarra last week turned up some surprises.
A Massey front-end loader was the highest priced lot on the day, reaching $5200 when it was bought by WA Machinery Brokers, Herne Hill.
Other farm machinery achieved strong prices, including a Chamberlain tractor and bucket for $4500 bought by Danny Cole, Bruck Rock, and a Massey tractor at $4300, snapped up by AJ Olvieri, White Gum Valley.
With more than 230 registered buyers, the sale grossed $51,834, which included a number of items from outside vendors.
But the talk of the day were sundries, with a small set of Tonka Trucks striking some fierce competition to hit a cool $150, an antique oak grinder fetching $300 and an old wagon wheel eagerly bid for to hit $110.
Collectors huddled closely to the odds and sods and it became obvious that what was Kieth and Elma McGellin's trash was others idea of treasure.
Wesfarmers Landmark auctioneer Dene Bickers said the crowd was extremely enthusiastic.
"Given what was there, prices were extremely good," he said. "Most items reached value and then some.
"It was the first clearing sale Wesfarmers Landmark has done in the area for some time and it was extremely successful."
Mr Bickers estimated the total number of onlookers reached more than 400.
A second Chamberlain tractor was bought for $1800 by Ashfield Tractor Wrecking, Pingelly; an off-set disc plough went to the Pumphrey family, South Yunderup, for $1150; an International truck and cattle crate was taken home by Munster farmer W Radonich for $700.
A caravan achieved $2300 for one outside vendor, and was bought by Allan Miles, Wungong. RC Caudle, North Dandenup, paid $220 for a shearing head and Manjimup growers LC and PD Murphy took home a wool press for $80.