The Rotary Club of Nailsea & Backwell started to run bookstall sales to raise funds for charity in 1997. In addition to books it was also suggested that jigsaws should be included to see if there were any takers and indeed this has proved to be the case.
Since the original bookstall has been held much has been learned about what does and doesn't sell. It has been the source of some amusement that frequently the odd 'professional' appears when the bookstall are being set up to browse through what is on offer, often to choose twenty or thirty books at 50p or a pound each presumably to sell on.
We now endeavour to run four or five bookstalls a year and typically 60/80 trays of books or so will be on display of which many are sold on the day. Experience has proved that good quality paperbacks are the most popular and sadly hardbacks, no matter that the vast majority are in pristine condition, have very little appeal so we do not generally stock them other than for cookery books, childrens books and some biographies.
Funds raised over the years now amount to many thousands of pounds, all of which has been used for charitable or local community purposes.
In recent years we have also been running four handbag sales stalls a year in Nailsea Town Centre when we always had a good quality stock of pre-used bargains.
Our recent Handbag Extravaganza was, officially, the closing down sale. However, subsequent discussions may trigger a revival - perhaps in conjunction with another organisation. Keep your fingers crossed.
Page updated 18 April 2022.
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