Brayden Chesterfield catches a lift with his dad Ben.
Brayden Chesterfield catches a lift with his dad Ben. Dave Noonan

20,000 haggle for bargains

SELF-professed "picker" Greg Carlson was among more than 20,000 bargain hunters at the Toowoomba Swap Meet over the weekend.

With a firm plan in mind, he managed to escape the fate that befalls so many of his haggling kinfolk.

"Even if you've set up your own stall to get rid of things, you invariably end up going home with more than you brought," he said.

"But I was tough this year.

"I decided I've got enough stuff, so I made a mission to thin out my collection."

Despite his rigid mindset, Mr Carlson still went home with a trailer-load of spare parts for his 1964 Austin Healy Sprite motorcycle.

"I've also been keeping an eye out for Tonka toys from the 1950s through to the 1970s.

"As boys we all grew up playing with them in the sandpit, and I guess I just never outgrew them!"

Swap manager David Liffen said record crowds had attended this year's meet.

"I don't have the exact numbers, but we had close to 10,000 people through on Friday and even more on Saturday," he said.



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