Sale a Mecca for book lovers
You can never have too many children's books, said Blenheim mother Nicola Heaney as she flicked through endless boxes of second-hand books on Saturday.
Mrs Heaney was looking for a bargain at the Cancer Society Marlborough book sale at McKendry Motors showroom in Blenheim.
She was with her husband, Robert, and their two children, Oliver, 3, and Amelia, 1.
They had just come from the library.
"It's easy to lose track of where all your books are from," Mrs Heaney said.
Co-organised by the Beavertown Blenheim Lions Club, the book sale was for a worthwhile cause.
"It's great to support the Cancer Society. Everyone needs them at some stage or they know someone affected by cancer."
Blenheim man Basil Stanton said he loved book sales.
"You can grab all the books you ever wanted at a reasonable price," he said. "They have a great selection here."
Mr Stanton had six books in hand but wasn't sure if he would buy all of them.
"I'll sit down and have a quiet think about it."
Cancer Society Marlborough volunteer co-ordinator Margaret Tepania said the sale was scheduled to start at 9.30am but punters started arriving shortly after 9am.
There had been a steady flow of people since, she said.
"People are finding they can get a bag of books here for the price of one book in the shops.
"We've had some tremendous books delivered and whether they are old or new, people seem to love them."
All the books had been given to the Cancer Society during the past six weeks, Ms Tepania said.
The Cancer Society room at Market Place had started to look like a second-hand bookshop, she said. "You think you have it under control and then more boxes arrive. Once people know it's for the Cancer Society they want to support us."
- The Marlborough Express