Paige Samson checks her last-minute bargains at the end of
the Regent 24-hour Book Sale on Saturday. Photo by Peter
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
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
Recent refurbishments at the theatre wiped out the capital
projects fund and all book sale proceeds are being put
towards building it up again.