Lions’ giant book sale brings in about $24,000

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There were books as far as the eye could see at the Gore Pakeke Lions Club giant book sale, and buyers crowded through the doors in their hundreds, resulting in about $24,000 being taken in sales.

For the second year in a row, the proceeds will go towards the St John Hokonui area hub rebuild.

Organisers said more than 50,000 books were displayed in the ram pavilion at the Gore A&P Showgrounds, where the sale was held from Thursday evening to noon on Saturday.

The books equated in volume to about 40 pallets or about 960 banana boxes, member John Falconer said.

Daphne Dixey said even those books that were a little worse for wear were not discarded, they were recycled.

“Nothing is wasted. It’s all used,” Mrs Dixey said.

Mr Falconer said having a good standard of books at the sale was important.

“We try and keep a good standard.”

The crowds poured into the sale on Thursday night, eager to grab a bargain.

The sale included not only books but music, puzzles, fruit, vegetables and walking sticks and poles crafted by the club.

This year, war stories proved popular, Mrs Dixey said.

Sea of faces . . .People crowd the Gore Pakeke Lions giant book sale on Thursday night. PHOTO: DOUG SMITH

Club president Doug Smith said the sale was popular.

He paid tribute to the “ladies” in the kitchen, who kept volunteers fuelled with food and also sold refreshments to the public.

Mr Smith also acknowledged sale convener Douglas Dixey, who carried out an amazing job sorting books throughout the year.

“We’d be lost without him.”

The club also thanked the public for its generosity in giving goods for the sale.