Regent books sold through pop-up shop

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The Regent Theatre and Central Rotary Club launch a pop-up fundraising book sale from today.

The pop-up book sale, to be held in premises at the corner of George and Hanover Sts (former ANZ bank), is a response to the cancellation of annual The Star Regent 24 Hour Book Sale due to Covid-19.

Thousands of books which have already been sorted into categories, including children’s, fiction of all kinds, and a wide range of non-fiction subjects, will be sold for $1 through the pop-up shop.

Regent Theatre 24-hour Book Sale co-ordinator Alison Cunningham said it had been disappointing to have to cancel what would have been the 40th annual sale.

“As life is very slowly returning to normal in the theatre, we need to offer promoters the maximum flexibility around dates and so we reluctantly decided not to hold a 24-hour sale at all this year,” Mrs Cunningham said

“This left us with a large stock of books, which will be sold at the Rotary pop-up shop.

“We are delighted to be building on our recent tradition of providing our unsold dollar books to Rotary for them to hold a pop-up sale.”

Proceeds raised from this year’s pop-up shop will be shared equally between The Regent and Dunedin Central Rotary Club projects.

The pop-up shop will be open seven days a week, including late nights on Thursdays, and will be staffed by volunteers from both organisations.

Funds raised for the Regent Theatre will help see it through this most challenging year, when the theatre’s income has been zero since March.

To raise further funds, a smaller scale Christmas sale is planned for December 4 and 5, with a focus on good-as-new books, children’s toys and games and other items suitable to be given as Christmas gifts.