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Rare Beatles album snapped up before book fair even starts

Jul 24th, 2014 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News

BIG DECISIONS: People browsing the wide selection at last years book fair. IMAGE: Sam Prabhakaran

A MINT condition Beatles ‘The White Album’ vinyl is the first thing sold in Wellington’s biggest bookfair – before the fair has even opened.

Downtown Community Ministry tweeted that it had the item for sale, and it was quickly snapped up, says Downtown Community Ministry Bookfair co-ordinator Matthew Mawkes.

More than 90,000 books, plus CDs, DVDs, vinyl, puzzles and games await buyers at the annual event next month.

Organisers expect more than 5000 people at the event.

“There is definitely something for everyone,” says Mr Matthew Mawkes.

The event runs on Saturday August 16 9am-5pm and Sunday August 17 10am-4pm at TSB Bank Arena, and admission is free.

Proceeds go towards helping the homeless in Wellington through Downtown Community Ministry (DCM).

“Best of all every single cent of funds raised goes directly toward DCM’s work helping the most vulnerable people in Wellington,” Mr Mawkes says.

Since beginning the bookfair in 1995, DCM has taken $1.5 million in proceeds, consistently raising about $100,000 each year.

Without the help of an enormous pool of volunteers, DCM would not be able to run the bookfair, he says.

This year, a team of 44 volunteers have worked twice a week for a number of months, at the storage unit in Shelly Bay sorting the books and pricing each one.

Prices range from 50c to around $100, depending on the type, value and condition of the item, with the standard price of an item being $2, unless otherwise specified.

The 90,000 books have been collected throughout the past year, after being donated by members of the public.

Donations have been collected in book bins at 16 separate locations throughout Wellington and also at the DCM office at 2 Lukes Lanes in Te Aro.

If people are elderly or unable to reach the book bins, DCM can be contacted on (04)-384-7699 and they will arrange for someone to pick up donations.

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