Collectors from around the North Island visited the St John Annual Collectors Fair in Whanganui.

Organiser and St John op-shop manager Fiona Sibbald said the fair was especially busy on Saturday with around 300 visitors.

Sunday was off to a slower start but Sibbald said things were likely to pick up.

"We are well on the way to meeting our target anyway.

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"Things are selling well online as well and we have a couple of raffles."

There were seven other stallholders selling their wares at the St John site in Tawa St and all said they had made plenty of sales on Saturday.

" Yesterday there were dealers here from New Plymouth, Palmerston Nth and Hunterville," said Bruce Annear.

"I actually sold quite a few books with New Zealand titles."

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Visitors paid $2 at the door and all profits from the fair will go towards supporting the St John Ambulance service in the Whanganui region.