Bliz­zard of bar­gain books blows into Ti­maru


Five com­pil­ers, 30-plus sale-time vol­un­teers, 450-plus ba­nana boxes, $14,000 a year: the num­bers tell the tale of an en­dur­ing fundraiser.

Wil­bur Smith, Pa­tri­cia Corn­wall, Danielle Steel and Dan Brown are likely to add to the statis­tics when the an­nual Red Cross book sale opens on Satur­day.

Book sale con­vener Janette Clarke said about 450 ba­nana boxes worth of books - ‘‘I haven’t counted’’ - would be on sale at the Red Cross Hall.

A group of five vol­un­teers had worked to­gether through­out the year, gath­er­ing and or­gan­is­ing all the books, Clarke said.

‘‘When it comes to the book sale, I have a team of peo­ple, 30 plus, come in and set up the hall, man the book sale over the week­end, and help with clean up.’’

In among the ubiq­ui­tous Smith, Corn­well and Steel nov­els were a few more unique ti­tles in­clud­ing Pen­guins A Close En­counter and one of J.K Rowl­ing’s lesser known books, The Ca­sual Va­cancy.

There was at least one copy of Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code. Per­haps more than just one.

‘‘They al­ways turn up, and we still put them out, and they sell.’’

The sale has been run­ning for about 40 years, and usu­ally raised about $14,000.

Clarke said the money went to the South Can­ter­bury branch of the Red Cross, and was spent on things like de­fib­ril­la­tors, first aid cour­ses and swim­ming les­sons for chil­dren, or wher­ever there was a need.

Along with copies of Mills and Boons, bi­ogra­phies of fa­mous peo­ple, and chil­dren’s books, there will also be stacks of puzzles, jig saws, records, DVDs and CDs.

‘‘We do have books we think are a lit­tle bit spe­cial,’’ she said, re­fer­ring to a gar­den­ing book which looked to be in good con­di­tion, priced at $10.

‘‘We get a lot of pa­per backs,’’ she said.

‘‘Gar­den­ing and cook­ing go well, craft and sport go well, too.’’

Peo­ple from all over the district do­nated to the sale, and ev­ery­thing was sorted into cat­e­gories, she said.

‘‘So there is some­thing ev­ery­one.’’

The sale will be held at the Red Cross Hall, 18 Bank St, Ti­maru from 9am un­til 5pm on Satur­day and Sun­day, and 9am un­til 3pm on Mon­day. for


Pre­pare to be blown away by this year’s Red Cross book sale... Help­ing out with the event are, from left, Joshua Dal­loway, Mar­garet Younger and Janette Clarke.

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