Blasts from past popular

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“Blasts from the past” were in hot demand at the Cromwell Rotary Club’s annual book sale.

Four cartons of good-condition paperbacks from the 1950s, including westerns, were among the items which sold “surprisingly well,” sale co-convener, Lindsay Wilkie, said.

“The person who donated them stored them well and we called that section ‘blasts from the past’.

The Queens Birthday weekend sale has run for about 15 years and is the club’s main annual fundraiser.

Mr Wilkie estimated there were about 10,000 books. Although the final amount was yet to be collated, he expected the sale to raise about $15,000.

The event was held at the Cromwell Bowling Club and the attendance was down a little on other years, although the proceeds remained on par with previous sales.

“Maybe the weather played a part,” Mr Wilkie said.

Old vinyl records sold well and this year’s sale also included film posters and a large collection of science fiction books, he said.

New Zealand books were always in demand and better quality paperbacks, priced at $3, were also good sellers. A team of about 20 Rotarians works behind the scenes at the sale and planning would begin soon for next year’s event, Mr Wilkie said. He would be handing over the reins after six years of being the convener.