The final figure is still being calculated, but the The Oamaru Rotary Club event raised more than $5000 which would go towards community projects.
Organiser Ele Ludemann said she was delighted by how well the sale went.
"It really was a trial to see if it would work and it definitely did work."
It was a busy two days, but most of the toys had sold.
The sale coincided with the end of the Santa Parade, leaving "about a zillion" people rushing in at the beginning.
More than 150 people were packed into the former Thames St Cameron’s building "like sardines".
"It couldn’t have got more crowded."
If the next year’s sale aligned with the parade it may need to open earlier to avoid such a rush.
It would also be good to start a day earlier, so parents could come in for some Christmas shopping while the children were at school.
Lego was the most popular, including a $100 chess set which sold within an hour.
Baby toys were also quick sellers, as were puzzles and games.
Soft toys were the most donated — some in brand new condition — and about two-thirds of them had sold.
Most leftover toys would be donated to charities and op shops, while the more valuable ones would be listed on Trade Me.