Although the Gore Pakeke Lions book sale was twice postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, sales are healthier than ever.
The annual book sale was held last week, raising more than $23,500.
Club treasurer Henry McFadzien said it was a great result, as in a usual year about $21,000 or $22,000 would be raised.
“We’ve still got a bit that’s coming through,” Mr McFadzien said.
“It’ll mostly go to youth programmes in the community.”
The public turnout at the sale, which was held from Thursday evening to noon on Saturday, had exceeded expectations.
“We opened the doors and a flood of people came through. It was a wet night but that didn’t deter them.”
Within 15 minutes, 200 people had come through the door.
The club was pleased to have such a strong turnout despite Covid-19 requiring the event to be rescheduled.
“We thank the public from the bottom of our hearts.”
Book sale convener Doug Dixie said there was one book genre that was not selling well this year other guidebooks were left alone as people shunned travel for other topics.
“Nobody wants any travel [books] this year,” Mr Dixie said.
Trends were difficult to pinpoint, but westerns and war proved popular.
“The section on war almost sold out.
“It’s amazing what some people pick up.”
He was concerned that younger people were reading less than they used to, but found the large turnout at the event to be an encouraging sign.
“I think we’ve done very well.”
The sale’s opening night was especially good, he said.
Kimberly Simpson recently moved to Gore, and said she enjoyed the event.
“I’m a big reader. I always come to these things.”
Diana Gabaldon’s time-travelling nurse was the protagonist of several books she had picked up.
“I want to read the Outlander series.”
Ley Pearson volunteered at the book sale but managed to buy a few books for herself, too.
“It’s a brilliant sale,” Ms Pearson said.
The condition of the books was good and the prices were better, she said.
“I’ve got seven books for $22. They’re worth over $170.