Crowd flocks 'like locusts' to bag a bargain at book sale
THE Maclean Rotary Giant Book Sale was once again a feast for literary connoisseurs as hundreds flocked to the Maclean Bowling Club dining room to snaffle a bargain.
The first hour of the sale was the busiest as young and old readers bustled around the trestle tables laden with paperbacks and hard covers.
Book sale veterans of the book sale darted between tables snaffling anything that looked in decent condition. With Bryce Courtenay next to Agatha Christie next to EL James there was generations of literary greats up for grabs.
Owner of Ulmarra Books and Collectibles and veteran of at least ten Rotary Book Sales Russell Brownlee was among the horde in the first hour and described the sale as a fantastic community event.
"I have been to ten or more at least I would think," Mr Brownlee said. "There is a great variety of books, they fill gaps in my shop and are at the right price.
"It is just a good fun occasion, I get to see a lot of my friends not just other book sellers but people who just like books so that is fun."
With tomorrow being the final day of the sale and the last chance for readers to pick up a steal Mr Brownlee shared his prime tip to find a good read.
"Just being very assiduous and intrepid in your endeavour and just keeping your eye open," he said. "It is catches catch cab at the end of the day."
Co-organiser of the sale Dick Richards was having trouble filling the holes and keeping up with the speed of the shoppers but was ecstatic about the number of shoppers.
"This is tremendous," Mr Richards said. "It is always very very busy for the first hour, it is hard keeping up the space on the tables.
"It is now a feature of the Lower Clarence social activity.
"At ten to nine there was noone, five to nine there was fifty. They came in like locusts. A lot of them are local, but they are from all over the place."
The proceeds from the book sale will be split between the local library service and a Maclean Rotary project to install televisions in the intensive care unit at the Maclean Hospital.