House sale with a difference

BARGAIN hunters should take stock of the Threshs who have turned their Felixstowe home into a massive white-elephant stall in aid of charity.For more than 20 months David Thresh and his wife, Doreen, have been collecting, storing and selling all manner of bric-a-brac at their home at St Andrews Road.

BARGAIN hunters should take stock of the Threshs who have turned their Felixstowe home into a massive white-elephant stall in aid of charity.

For more than 20 months David Thresh and his wife, Doreen, have been collecting, storing and selling all manner of bric-a-brac at their home at St Andrews Road. They have raised more than £3,000 in the process from items donated by the public.

Squash rackets, fishing rods, cutlery, videos and CD's are some of the goods currently in stock at bargain prices, and the sale looks set to last for some time.

"I'm not short of goods but I need plenty more customers," said the 54-year-old grandfather. "We rely on passing trade so don't sell very much."


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What started as a modest stall has now taken over both gardens and is in danger of spreading throughout the whole house. Now boxes of books, shoes and games line the porch and are invading inside.

Mrs Thresh said: "There isn't much we haven't got and some of it is brand new. I've got used to him filling up the house and don't mind as it's for a good cause."

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After eagerly showing off a display of glasses filling one of his green houses Mr Thresh opened another crammed with china. Two sheds are also full to the brim of various items and even his van looks ready to burst.

The stall open's everyday except Sunday, provided the weather is suitable, in order to raise money for the East Suffolk MIND charity. The branch in the Caretakers House, High Road West, helped Mr Thresh when he was forced to retire through medical problems.

The stall began when Mr Thresh went to one of the charities meetings and agreed to do a car boot sale to raise funds. He started off with five boxes of odds and ends a friend gave him and it has snowballed ever since.

"I like doing it and it is nice to give something back to the charity that helped me. I can sit outside all day drinking tea chatting to people and enjoying myself. It's more worthwhile than sitting inside watching TV."

The item the couple seemed most proud of was a pair of white ski boots someone had left them. "I was surprised to see them in Felixstowe as I wouldn't think they would be of much use at the seaside," Mr Thresh said.

Much of the stock is donated by people passing by but some of it is just left outside the front door when the stall is not open.

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