Same book sale, new date

A sea of stories, information and photos, Tauranga Rotary’s Ann Pritchard sifting through the offerings at the Book Sale. Photo: Bruce Barnard.

It’ll still be the same literary extravaganza – one of New Zealand’s largest second-hand book sales.

For 31 years, the Tauranga Rotary Club’s Annual Book Sale has been held at Easter.

This year, however, the 32nd event has been brought forward a couple of weeks. So it’s the same book sale at the same venue, but with a slightly different time schedule.

It will be held at the Seeka Coolstore on Harvard Way – that’s right opposite Classic Flyers in Mount Maunganui – and it opens on Friday, March 8, between 4.30-9pm. It opens again that weekend, on Saturday, March 9 and Sunday, March 10 (9am-4.30pm).

The fair is open to all ages and admission is free.

The Tauranga Rotary Book Sale usually has over 100,000 items for sale. All fiction books are sorted alphabetically under authors, while all other factual books are sorted into categories.

Many first editions and gems can be found by the buying public, and this year a large collection of art books from a private collection has been donated, as well as a large number of transport books.

Tauranga Rotary also has thousands of records, CDs, DVDs, magazines and jigsaw puzzles, and even includes sheet music. 

There will be a silent tender for rare books, closing at midday on the Sunday. Eftpos is available, and there will be more than 20 cashiers at the check-outs.

Donations can be dropped off at 20 Ririnui Place, Maungatapu, or 24 Montana Drive, Tauranga, until March 2, or until March 6 at the venue.

The Friday night will include readings for kids and some light music. Boxes are available, but people are asked to bring their own bags.


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