Bargain book sale draws in bookworms

23:21, Mar 20 2014
Christchurch City Libraries Big Bargain Book Sale
KEEN READERS: Bookworms pore over the selection at Christchurch City Libraries Big Bargain Book Sale.

More than 300 people poured through the door in the first 10 minutes of the annual Christchurch City Libraries Big Bargain Book Sale this morning. 

The sale offered more than 50,000 items at heavily reduced prices. Most books went for $1-$3. 

While there was a rush to be first in, the sale is so big fresh stock would be arriving all the time to refill the sale. 

Libraries content manager Anne Anderson said the sale was a huge undertaking for staff and volunteers. 

It was made up of old stock which had to be sold to make way for new stock. Items were chosen based on rental rate. Many had not been off the shelves for a long time. 

Anderson said preparations for the sale started before the current year's sale was over. Staff were already sorting stock for next year's sale.


''It's months and months of work,'' she said. ''They're all bargains. You don't need to be here at 9am on day one, but it's almost a bit of a tradition.''

The sale was particularly helpful for parents with young children. The low prices meant children could have a larger home library to supplement their trips to the city libraries. 

''This is the most sustainable thing we can do here,'' she said.

''All these books are getting another life.''

Damaged or worn stock was recycled.

Check out the book sale at Pioneer Recreation and Sports Centre at 75 Lyttelton St, open 9am-4pm today.

The Press