YLE sold the goods used for the 2007 Eurovision Song Contest for charity. All sort of things including flags, banners, signs, programme books, writing paper, lamps, chairs and textiles were in offer but no one was prepared for the interest of common people: crowd started to form a line two hours before and the line reached over 100 meters outside before the opening and all was sold within three hours.
YLE was planning to sell the goods over two days on Monday and Tuesday but it was soon clear Tuesday’s selling had to be cancelled as there was nothing to sell anymore. All the money gathered will be donated to Ylen Hyvä charity organisation to help third world children. Radio Vega will auction some more goods today on Wednesday for the same cause and some has been reserved to be sold in October when Ylen Hyvä charity show takes place.
The Eurovision fever in Finland is still not over and people were really interested in the goods. The design lamps were first to run out followed by the flags and the textiles. “I’m going to hang this on the wall” said Matti Henttonen. “This will go to my bathroom wall” commented Oona with a sign of Press Centre under her arm. “Great stuff.! Marimekko textiles cost minimum 20 euros per meter, here you get four meters for five euros” explained Jussi, Elina and Ville happily. Probably many summer houses in Finland will have Eurovision table clothes this summer!
“Not everybody had a chance to come here” said Kjell Ekholm from Yle, “so we want to give people another chance to get this stuff on Radio Vega’s auction and in October in Ylen Hyvä show.” Monday totalled around 10.000 euros and over 1000 people managed to buy something before the goods run out.
Radio Vega’s Radiohuset auction starts today 13.03 CET and the number to call is +358 600 111213. More information on Yle’s website.