New chapter for pre-owned books begins at annual sale

LOUISE BERWICK
Last updated 05:00 30/05/2014
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COVER GIRLS: Carol Jasperse and Dulcie Evans rifle through books at the Invercargill Rotary Book Sale at the opening night.

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Dusty pages, lovingly folded corners and faded covers, thousands of pre-owned books will be given a new lease of life this weekend.

Hundreds of people flooded into the Invercargill Rotary Book Sale last night, marking the beginning of the Queen's Birthday Weekend sale.

Book sale convener Alfred Wilson said about 150 people were waiting for the doors to open yesterday and about 400 rushed through the doors within half an hour.

Among some of the first to rifle through the books were Carol Jasperse and Dulcie Evans.

Jasperse said she was a book enthusiastic and used the sale as a chance to restock her library and find more books on New Zealand history. Last year she bought 250 books, this year she hoped to not be taking home as many.

Evans said she had been attending the book sale for "many, many years. It's a lot of fun".

Book lovers will have the rest of the weekend to snap up books on everything from microwave meals to classic children's books. The sale runs until Sunday at the Civic Theatre.

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