Thousands of books snapped up

"Thrill of the chase" . . . Bill Brosnan, of Normanby, was among the first customers to enter the Mosgiel Rotary Club Book Sale. PHOTO: SHAWN MCAVINUE

More than 10,000 books have been rehomed and friendships rekindled after a successful Mosgiel Rotary Club Book Sale.

Club project co-ordinator Fraser Ellis said the three-day sale at the Taieri Bowling Club was a success.

About $21,800 of books were sold at the sale.

Most books were priced at $2 so more than 10,000 books would have been sold.

Once costs were paid for, the funds raised would go to community projects, such as the new pool in Mosgiel.

The Taieri College kapa haka group helped hold the sale, so it would be given funds to help its members attend competition.

The first book sale was held in 2011 and raised $4500 and the funds raised had increased at each sale since.

Nearly 90 people queued to enter the sale on the Friday and the sales were “crazy” for first few hours and then remained steady.

Bill Brosnan, of Normanby, said he bused to Mosgiel to be one of the first people in the sale queue.

“I like the sense of adventure – the thrill of the chase.”

He had attended the annual sale since its inception.

“I attended Taieri High so it’s a trip down memory lane for me.

“The highlight of the sale for me this year was catching up with my classmate Barry Milburn, who I hadn’t seen in 40 years.”