Spreading the love and the funds was the aim of the game at the Rotary Club of Dubbo’s Antiques and Collectables Fair at the weekend.
Hundreds flowed through the doors of the Dubbo Regional Theatre and Convention Centre for the annual event, with endless beautiful and unusual items on show.
Coordinator Carla Pittman said the event was perfect for bringing families together, while also serving as a prime fundraising opportunity for local community groups the Pink Angels, the 1st Wellington Scout Group and the National Trust’s Dundullimal Homestead.
“I personally think that that’s really important, it gives organisations the opportunity to do that fundraising that they wouldn’t ordinarily have,” Ms Pittman said.
The Pink Angels benefited from Friday evening’s Gala Opening – where the “pink champagne was flowing” – while the Wellington scouts and National Trust volunteers supplied guests with lunch, cakes and refreshments.
Danny Hawke (Akela) said the funds would help keep the scouts’ doors open.
Ms Pittman said: “The Pink Angels, they already volunteer a huge amount of their time to this is a good opportunity for them to receive a bit of recognition for the work that they do as well.
“It gives the community more … opportunity to support a variety of organisations.”
Families – mums, dads, grandparents and children of all ages – also came together at the fair. And they were on both sides of the stalls.
Hedy Kaufler only began dealing in antique glassware and crockery after the death of her husband in 2016, and daughter Helen said it has brought them closer together.
“We look for pieces that are slightly different … things that have a quality to them,” Helen said.
“We really enjoy it.
“We’re traipsing around the countryside but it’s good for mum and I. It’s good time together.”
Ms Pittman offered her thanks to all of the volunteers who had “put hours into making this happen”, and to the Dubbo Regional Council for its support.