Memorabilia from Sammy's up for sale

Sammy’s nightclub owner Sam Chin with some of the memorabilia to be sold in a garage sale today. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
Sammy’s nightclub owner Sam Chin with some of the memorabilia to be sold. Photo: Peter McIntosh
Everything but the kitchen sink will be up for sale today as 33 years of Sammy's nightclub history heads out the door.

Gig posters for some of Dunedin's most well-known bands including The Chills and Straitjacket Fits and international acts including the Violent Femmes and Billy Bragg will be sold alongside beer-stained tables and sound equipment in the large garage sale at the building in Crawford St.


Sammy's nightclub owner Sam Chin said he had amassed 1800 posters advertising performances at the venue since he opened it in 1984.

Some of the posters and music equipment had sold online to collectors throughout New Zealand. However, plenty were still available for Dunedin residents hoping to get a piece of the nightclub's history, he said.

Zac Shepherd, of Northeast Valley, was among a handful of people viewing items yesterday ahead of the sale today.

Mr Shepherd said he had attended gigs at Sammy's ''on and off'' for the past 15 years and hoped to buy music gear and posters.

Standing in the nightclub filled with 33 years of clutter, collectors' items and dusty boxes of old alcohol, Mr Chin said the end of his ownership of the venue was bittersweet.

Of all the performances he watched behind the bar, Celtic punk band The Pogues was his favourite, he said.

Following today's sale, he would continue packing up the business. He did not intend to celebrate closing the doors for the last time.

''Getting the doors closed for the final time will be enough work,'' he said, laughing.

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