Mark Simpkin, Amanda McGrath and 11yo Chanstlea Curran of Hervey Bay with some of the treasures they dug out at the swap meet on the weekend.
Mark Simpkin, Amanda McGrath and 11yo Chanstlea Curran of Hervey Bay with some of the treasures they dug out at the swap meet on the weekend. Nat Bromhead

Swap meet pays big

FROM a fake Ferrari to a boot load of watermelons, anything and everything was up for sale at Hervey Bay High School's swap meet on the weekend.

It's the school's biggest fundraiser of the year and by the end of the count last night they were cheering after bagging up record takings of $20,000.

Spread over the school grounds were hundreds of stalls with all manner of items available - vintage car parts, camper-trailers, tools, toys and trinkets. Even a cocker spaniel puppy was up for sale.

Organisers of the third annual fundraiser were thrilled with the sale's success and said the money raised would be a big help in purchasing much needed school resources.

Event co-ordinator Rob Moore said the number of stall holders and money raised had doubled on last year's effort.

"It's been a lot of hard work, we started setting up on Friday night and were back here at 3am to get everything organised for a 6am opening," he said.

"We've been going great guns. Thousands of people poured through the gates, the community support has been fantastic."

He said people from as far as Brisbane, Toowoomba, Gladstone and Biloela had made the trek to Hervey Bay for the event.

Poona couple Colin and Trish Franks were selling rare car parts from the back of their classic Holden Special Station Sedan.

They said they had thoroughly enjoyed the day and they'd also joined the buyers discovering some highly sought-after additions for their collections.

"If you can find just one thing you've been looking for, it's all worth it," he said.

Organisers said they would soon start planning next year's event and they are hoping to beat this year's record take.