Peter White Furniture end of an era clearance auction attracts monster crowd

BARGAIN hunters descended on Peter White Furniture for the last hurrah of the long-standing Wodonga business on Saturday.

END OF AN ERA: Wodonga businessman Peter White and partner Lee Griffin at his final clearance sale on Saturday. Picture: MARK JESSER

END OF AN ERA: Wodonga businessman Peter White and partner Lee Griffin at his final clearance sale on Saturday. Picture: MARK JESSER

Owner Peter White was a more than interested onlooker as more than 170 registered buyers battled for the 300-plus remaining items for sale from the business which has operated on High Street since 1996.

Few items were left unsold with bargains flying thick and fast as auctioneers from Elders Albury worked their way through the stock left unsold since Mr White announced he was closing his business last month.

His prominent shop where Jim Azzi's Caltex service service station once operated won't be sitting vacant for long.

Highgrove Bathrooms is expected to be up and operating in early August with a fit out already underway.

The crowd flocked early with a dining setting one of the more expensive early items to sell for $650, but bargains were the order of the day as many sold below marked price.

Among the items left unsold were a delivery van and ute which were passed in for $10,500 and $8000 respectively.

Also, Mr White's reception desk couldn't find a new owner.

He said interest in the final clearance auction had been strong.

"The phone didn't stop ringing (on Friday)," he said.

"I had nearly 60 phone calls asking what time we were starting.

"I had about 80 per cent of stock sold before today."

The auction lasted more than three hours with auctioneers rotating through the role due to the large volume of items up for grabs.

Weary buyers put the many recliners up for grabs to good use to rest their legs as they waited for their items of interest to go under the hammer.

Mr White said he was ready to embrace retirement.

"I just want to enjoy the rest of my life," he said.

"I will still be involved with RSL and a few community things.

"I've got a lot of work I want to do to my house and muck around with some old cars I've got.

"I've also got a bit of time to go to a few more footy matches."

Mr White is a former Wodonga RSL sub-branch president and well-known Geelong Cats supporter.

He served on Wodonga Council and also had a stint selling insurance before opening his furniture shop.