Paige turns up late for sale

Paige Samson checks her last-minute bargains at the end of the Regent 24-hour Book Sale on Saturday. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
Paige Samson checks her last-minute bargains at the end of the Regent 24-hour Book Sale on Saturday. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
Another Regent 24-hour Book Sale has wrapped up, but not before Paige Samson (20) got her last-minute Wilbur Smith fix for the year.

She was the last customer to buy anything at this year's sale, held at Dunedin's Regent Theatre.

For only a few dollars she is looking forward to spending hours on an adventure in Egypt, followed by a tryst with some witches in Los Angeles as she tucks into novels by Wilbur Smith and Graham Masterton.

In her third year at Otago University, the religious studies student said she came to the sale each year.

However, she nearly missed it this year, after she was surprised at home on Saturday morning by her mum and step-dad, Tracie and Andrew Erridge, who had come down from Auckland to help her celebrate her 21st birthday tomorrow.

The trio had breakfast together and were walking around town thinking they had missed the sale this year when they wandered into the Octagon and saw it was still going, so they whipped in to have a look in the final five minutes of the event.

Miss Samson was the last of thousands of shoppers at this year's sale, which organisers said raised $70,000.

Sale organiser Alison Cunningham said proceeds were slightly down on last year. One issue - how to get people down to the books in the basement - had been identified.

''We'll have a rethink [and] maybe change the configuration of how the sale is laid out next year.''

The proceeds of the sale would be used to buy a new sound desk this year and the remainder would be added to the $10,000 proceeds from the earlier Anything But Books Sale to add to the Regent Theatre's ''war chest'' for capital projects.

Recent refurbishments at the theatre wiped out the capital projects fund and all book sale proceeds are being put towards building it up again.

 

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