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End of an era as north-east charity auctions off last items from iconic former fashion store

Clothing shop McKay's has closed its Queen Street store.
Clothing shop McKay's has closed its Queen Street store.

Some of the final remnants from a piece of Aberdeen’s retail history were sold off at the weekend, as items from McKay’s of Queen Street went under the hammer.

The family-run shop began trading in 1905 and had been described as an “Aladdin’s cave” of rare and obscure fashion finds.

But last year Aberdeen City Council bought out the remainder of owner Gordon McKay’s 99-year lease on the property.

It intends to demolish the building as part of wider plans to redevelop the area.

Mr McKay has since set up shop at a new premises on Great Northern Road and is holding a closing down sale.

Some of his shop fittings and items were picked up by charity Smile Scotland, which auctioned them off at its Oyne showroom on Saturday. Other pieces were sold previously at Bervie Auctions.

Clothing shop McKay’s closes iconic Queen Street store

Smile Scotland chairman Clive Hampshire said: “Everything has been sold over the three events, and it’s been great as we’ve attracted new buyers and clientele for the charity.”

Among the lots were army surplus items, in-store brand signs and mannequins – some of which are to be repurposed as scarecrows by a north-east farmer.

Mr Hampshire added: “It was good fun and there was a lot of buzz and talk from people who went to the shop as a child.

“It brought back a lot of memories and it was a brilliant day.”

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