Try getting your 20c worth
By LEE McDOUGALL
WHEN I was a little girl, 20 cents would buy 40 lollies (remember the two lollies for one cent deal?), or a Chiquito bar, or, best still, 10 chocolate frogs.
Today, 20 cents will buy you ? well, one chocolate frog, four lollies or, best still, a ride on Trixie the Circus Pony.
Without doubt, Trixie the Circus Pony, found outside Jack Simmons Menswear, has to be the best value for money on the Coffs Coast.
"Jack Simmons bought Trixie from one of Sydney's most colourful scalliwags, Jack Rooklyn," Trixie's current owner Tony Simmon said.
"Trixie arrived in 1962 for the opening of the 'new' store (the current Jack Simmons Menswear) and he has been here ever since."
Trixie was initially sixpence a ride, then five cents when decimalisation arrived in 1966, increasing to 10 cents during the 1970s.
"The other shops in the town centre who had rides asked if we could increase him to 10 cents to make it fair for everyone, so we did," Mr Simmon said.
"He stayed at 10 cents for a long, long time. He has only been 20 cents for about five years."
Mr Simmon said he had deliberately kept Trixie at 20 cents to make it affordable for everyone.
"He is here for the kids. They love him," Mr Simmon said.
"All the other rides in town are $2 but I can't see us putting him up in price any time soon."
What can you buy for 20 cents? If you think you can find better value than Trixie on the Coffs Coast, contact Lee McDougall on 6650 2945 or email advocate@coffscoastadvo- cate.com.au