They came, they sorted through the masses of books, they purchased and took them away by the boxful, and more than 10,000 books were sold at the Ōtaki Lions’ recent Book Fair, at Te Horo Hall.
“My biggest worry was to get people to come. They came!” Neil Tunnicliffe, Lion’s project convenor said. “There was a queue waiting at 7.30, so we opened up at 7.50 and let them in.”
At a bargain price of 50 cents each, they were going out the door by the boxful, one dealer purchased 140 books for his Napier business! About one third of the 20,000 books were sold between 9 and 12 on Saturday with 7000 going out the door the first day. Parking space was at a premium with some people parking as far away as near the railway tracks!
Proceeds from the sale will go to the Ōtaki Health Shuttle and Ōtaki Community Youth project bike pump track at Haruatai Park.
The books were left over from the Kapiti Lions’ October book fair, and after the Te Horo fair were culled even further with thzree trailer loads going to the Ōtaki paper recycle and the remainder have gone to Waikanae Scout Group who are fundraising to attend the next scout jamboree in Blenheim.