Sale continues today

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Busy book-sellers . . . Regent 24-Hour Book Sale convener Alison Cunningham (left) and volunteer Erica Atkins put the finishing touches to the literature in preparation for the sale earlier the week. PHOTO: BRENDA HARWOOD

The Star Regent 24-Hour Book Sale continues until midday today.

Volunteers were hard at work earlier in the week, transporting tens of thousands of books from Kaikorai Valley to the Regent Theatre for the sale, which began at noon on Friday.

The curtain will close on the sale at noon today, but book bargain-hunters have already made a bee-line for the theatre and the chance to secure books for a song.

Sale convener Alison Cunningham says “rules of engagement” apply for shoppers.

Most books cost $1, tills are cash-only, and books are restocked throughout the 24 hours, and people were urged to bring their own bags, Mrs Cunningham said.

After feedback from last year, the price of as-new fiction in the basement has been reduced, offering mint-condition books for $2 or $3.

All children’s books are together on the stage – including those priced as new – so people with small children do not need to brave the basement.

Music will soothe the nerves of shoppers throughout the sale and many local musicians will perform.

During the small hours, Regent projectionist and DJ Russell Campbell will play show tunes and jazz.

The musical line-up for the book sale has been co-ordinated by Dunedin musician and teacher Dave Coleclough for the past six years.

Mrs Cunningham is pleased by the continuing strength of the book sale, which attracts thousands of book bargain hunters every year.

“It just goes to show, people still love their books.”