All set for Regent sale

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Everything from a coolie hat to vintage games will be on offer at the Regent Theatre Anything But Books Sale tomorrow.

The annual event, held as an adjunct to the giant Star Regent 24-Hour Book Sale on June 8-9, focuses on everything except books.

Organiser Kath Wallace said the Anything But Books Sale had been operating since the Regent Theatre was redeveloped in 2010 and had proved very popular with bargain hunters.

“It is the ideal place for us to sell all of the wonderful extra things that are donated to us each year,” she said.

This included vinyl records, CDs, DVDs, jigsaw puzzles, magazines, toys and games, sheet music, pictures, fabrics, and more.

“We are trying a new feature this year as well – we have special tables dedicated to collectables, as well as arts and crafts,” she said.

“These tables will have some very different things, such as a genuine coolie hat, a set of Edmonds teaspoons, and a collection of historic New Zealand postcards.”

Another new feature of this year’s Regent Anything But Books Sale will be an “Orphans Corner”, where children will be able to find and adopt a new doll or teddy.

People browsing the goods will be entertained by DJ Projector (Russell Campbell) and friends, spinning a selection of vinyl records.

Ms Wallace has been a volunteer with the 24-Hour Book Sale for the past 20 years.

“It has been a lot of fun working on the sale – I have met a lot of really interesting people collecting goods for the sale,” she said

“People are very generous in the donations they make.”

She also paid tribute to the many volunteers who worked to make the sale a success.

The Regent Anything But Books Sale will run from noon to 8pm tomorrow, ,at the theatre. Goods will be displayed on the stage and on the auditorium floor.

Entry is free.

Funds raised by the sale will go towards the planned waterfall curtain for the theatre stage.