Lifeline business manager Andrew Armstrong is thrilled with the volume of donations for this weekend’s Bookfest.
Lifeline business manager Andrew Armstrong is thrilled with the volume of donations for this weekend’s Bookfest. Max Fleet

Bookworm's dream sale

BIBLIOPHILES have 42 huge reasons to go to Lifeline this weekend for the charity store's annual book sale.

Forty-two giant crates of books will go on sale at incredibly low prices at the Lifeline Monster Bookfest - the charity's major fundraiser of the year.

Each of the crates can fit about half a tonne of books.

Volunteers have spent the past 12 months preparing and sorting books to put each tome into categories to make it easier for avid readers to find that hidden gem.

Lifeline business manager Andrew Armstrong said the huge volume of books had been contributed to by a generous donation from Brisbane Lifeline.

"This year we were given two 20-foot containers of books," he said.

"We usually only get one but this year we got two."

Donations the store has received throughout the past 12 months will also be for sale at the weekend.

Mr Armstrong said the volunteers had been working long hours to make sure everything was ready to display.

"We get a lot of well-known authors and new releases which you can pick up for $4 or $5 instead of $30 at a bookstore," he said.

Mr Armstrong said books in every imaginable category would be up for sale at the Bookfest including a particularly large number of children's books.

"There are bargains all the time," he said.

"(For sale) there could even be a valuable book the volunteers had missed."

Books which are not sold in Bundaberg are sent to other Lifeline stores to sell at their own book sales.

"That way there is something different each year," he said.

Mr Armstrong said there were some concerns about a drop in numbers because of the election weekend.

"We picked our date first," he said.

"We always have it the last full weekend in March.

"We have had a fair few people asking about it this year because they knew we were going to be doing renovations."

Mr Armstrong said the store hoped the new development could start once Bookfest was over.

Doors are open from 8am-4pm on Saturday and Sunday at Lifeline on Princess St.



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