February 21, 2009

Bag of Woolworths candy sells big on eBay

A bag of Woolworths pick 'n' mix candy from one of the stores that closed in Britain last year sold on eBay for more than $20,000.

Ed Adams, manager of the store in Petts Wood in Kent, grabbed the mixture Saturday -- the last day of bidding -- The Daily Mail reported. Proceeds from the sale are to go to the Retail Trust, a non-profit organization helping store workers.

I am really proud and excited to see such an enormous sum has been raised for the last bag of pic 'n' mix, he said.

Woolworths began in the United States as the original five and dime store. The British embraced the chain, nicknaming it Woolies, and the British operation was spun off from the U.S. one and outlived it by more than a decade.

The bag of white mice, Turkish delight, cola bottles, pineapple cubes and similar goodies weighs 800 grams (about 1 ¾ pounds). There were 115 bids, with the winning one weighing in at 14,500 pounds.