Get into the Book Loft’s good books and grab some interesting page turners at the Cayman Islands Humane Society’s first Bargain Blow Out Book Sale of 2016 this Saturday.
From crime to classics, Nordic noir to “Nanook of the North,” visitors can stock up by buying five engrossing paperbacks for just $1 from a wide selection of tomes such as fiction, non-fiction, romance, biographies, coffee table books, young adult fiction and children’s books, plus games, puzzles, CDs and DVDs.
Bursting at the seams
The sales, which were started three years ago to help the secondhand book store get rid of its excess stock, are generally held on alternate months outside A. L. Thompson’s main entrance on North Sound Way. Business is brisk and starts at 9 a.m. for the early birds and ends at 4 p.m.
Shoppers eager to stock up on b
est-sellers and more obscure titles often spend, spend, spend and pick up bags full of books for a fraction of their original price.
Organizers estimate that there will be around 5,000 books and articles for sale at this Saturday’s book sale bonanza. The charity is also accepting cash donations on the day.
According to the Book Loft’s manager, Kim Blackwell, these events are a convenient way to free up much needed space in their store, which quickly fills to capacity. “Our last sale was in early December and since then our storage room has become quite literally full to the rafters, so we are unable to accept any new donations,” she said.
“We’ve no extra storage and so books and games that we can’t sell on the day will regrettably end up being thrown away. We’ve been in touch with all of the on-island charities to offer them leftover books, cassettes and games that we can’t sell on the day but sadly they’re short on storage space too.”
The book store used to give such items to the prisons in the past, however, it even had to stop doing that due to the same issue. “We’d love to see all our books and games go to good homes in the community, but places like the local libraries and the service clubs have the same capacity issues as we do. The space crisis is such that we’ve even had to resort to storing books set aside for Christmas in our volunteers’ garages, this issue is so acute,” she added.
The regular venue for the open air book sales is an ideal location, being so near the charity Book Loft and has ample room for parking. The store’s creative director, Patricia Rice, said: “As for any local charitable organization, A. L. Thompson’s is pleased to offer the space outside our store for the fundraising efforts of Humane Society Book Loft.”
Proceeds from the book sales are a vital means for the Humane Society to meet its monthly overheads including rent, vet bills, food, water and electricity at its North Sound Road shelter. The last Bargain Blow Out Book Sale, which had far less books, raised $922 – a significant amount, given the fact that the average book sold for $1.
On average, the animal welfare organization raises between $1,200 to $1,400 through sales and donations at these events.
To find out more about this nonprofit’s mission, animal rescue programs, upcoming events and how to become a volunteer, visit caymanislandshumanesociety.com and its Facebook page at Cayman Islands Humane Society. Online donations can be made through the links on Facebook and the website.