Something for everyone at book sale
7000 people expected through the doorsSUSAN STRONGMAN
New Plymouth's 24th annual 24-hour book sale opened at noon today at the TSB Stadium.
And with almost 80,000 second-hand books awaiting new homes and new readers, there will be something for everyone.
A dedicated team of about 20 volunteers has spent the year sorting through the donated books, said convener Bill Campbell, who has been involved with the book sale since he retired 12 years ago.
"All I do is co-ordinate, that's the easy bit. It's the ones who work all year that need the accolades."
Volunteers work in shifts during the sale, but Mr Campbell said there was a dedicated few who worked the full 24 hours.
Mr Campbell anticipates the book sale will be as busy as ever.
"Public start lining up to come in at about 7.30 in the morning. We've had up to 500 people waiting outside when we've opened in the past," said the 77-year-old.
He said they expected about 7000 people to come through the stadium.
"It drops off to about 12 people at 4am, but we are busy up until then. We get shift workers coming in the small hours."
The setting up of TSB Stadium by about 50 volunteers began on Monday, and Mr campbell said they had five shipping containers filled with books and trestle tables to unload.
"The number of books donated has been about the same as in previous years.
"All sections are popular - we have everything from very old to 'nearly new' books. There's a New Zealand section and we even have a section called 'elegant junk' with all sorts, from jigsaws to pottery."
Proceeds from this year's fundraising sale, which is run by the New Plymouth Opera House Friends Trust, will go towards a new ventilation system at the TSB Showplace.
The 24-hour book sale starts at midday today at the TSB Stadium, Mason Drive, New Plymouth.
Susan Strongman is a Witt journalism student.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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