Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Second-hand sale marks silver anniversary

A QUARTERLY children’s goods market in Woodcote that raises money for the community has celebrated its

A QUARTERLY children’s goods market in Woodcote that raises money for the community has celebrated its 25th birthday.

Visitors to the 100th Windmill sale at the village hall on Friday were served cake and champagne to mark the occasion.

The market has raised more than £56,000 since it was launched by Barbara Penniall, of Wayside Green, Wodocote, in 1990.

She came up with the name as a pun on a windmill’s sails as they are constantly turning around, just as many of her items are constantly being resold. She said: “I thought it was quite clever but I’m always having to explain what it means, which rather takes the humour out of it.”

Among the beneficiaries are the village hall and community centre in Reading Road, the war memorial and the village scout group as well as one-off projects such as new equipment for the recreation ground. The sales offer discounted second-hand toys, games, equipment and clothes for children from toddlers to teenagers.Sellers receive 75 per cent of the price and the rest is given away.

Mrs Penniall came up with the idea after organising a table-top sale to get rid of some items her children no longer needed. She and a small team of volunteers now sort, price and sell more than 2,000 items for each sale.

She said: “I realised there must be a market for this sort of thing in the village. Twenty-five years ago there was no eBay so the only way to sell unwanted items was to look out for jumble sales. People love coming here and getting a bargain. It’s great for grandparents who are looking after their grandchildren for a while.”

Mrs Penniall intends to keep running the sales for as long as she is able. She said: “There’s a wonderful social atmosphere, it’s environmentally friendly and it’s good for the village. Some items might sell for as little as 10p but every contribution helps.”

The next Windmill sale will be on Friday, September 18 from 8am to noon.

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