A group of FACE founders emptied their cellars for the early morning ‘joy’ of turning long discarded items into money at the Greenfields Boot Fair near Upnor, Kent.
A total of six car loads disgorged their contents thanks to Stena and Steve, Jacqui and Bette,Di and John, Joy and Phil, Marion and Nick and even Kaye and Steve from Brisbane, being our Australian branch on tour.
Highlight of the sales had to be the £100 John got for his collection of old postcards, which brought a mix of admiration and envy from the rest of us as we traded chipped vases and unwanted clothes for a handful of pence.
It’s hard to describe how you feel when you offer a £120 John Lewis lamp for £1, only for the potential purchaser to decide against it because they were worried about the cost of buying a bulb to put in it ! However many people who started haggling paid the full price when told the proceeds were all for charity and others unimpressed by the junk on offer kindly made donations in any case.
Anyway the moans turned to happy munching with a lunch for all at the nearby Kings Arms where the piles of coins were totted up to reveal a haul of about £540, which with Gift Aid will take it to more than £650. But everyone agreed that an equally important benefit was the knowledge that our cellars were at least a lot less cluttered than before.