Monday, 31 October 2016

Probably The Biggest Charity Booksale in East Anglia

The NSPCC book sale at Holmwood House School near Colchester every October is HUGE
When we used to sell second-hand books at Country Fairs it was one of the places we knew we could go  to pick up plenty of stock without spending too much.
 Now I go just to see whats there and perhaps find a few books.
Here's the queue to get in about 20 minutes before opening time, and it goes round the corner out of sight too.

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35,000 books they  say they have for sale!
This picture is from t'internet from last year because I forgot to go up on the stage and take a picture and it's often much more crowded than this picture shows.

And this is the heap of the "few" books I found
When I got home I realised that the Woodsman by Ben Law was just a different looking version to one I read a while back so that will go to the charity shop as will The Behaviour of Moths - which isn't what I thought it was. The Agatha Christie at the top of the pile is a collection of short stories from her early writing that I hadn't come across before.
The most interesting of the lot is the one at the bottom 'Living Back-to-Back' a history of the very cheap housing built to house all the workers for the mills and factories in 19th century cities.

I searched all through the fiction for grey Persephones but not a single one nor any DE Stevenson or Angela Thirkell - sadly.
It was very difficult to limit myself to this lot as it's easy to go crazy and spend a small fortune!

Welcome to more new followers and Thank you for all the comments on the last post. I noticed that no one said if they thought putting knickers on while standing up was a sign of being fit and flexible!! Does that mean you can or you can't??!!

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Sue

45 comments:

  1. Glad you got some books. I did that once with a Shabby Chic book on Amazon, ordered it thinking 'ooh, I don't have that one', it arrived and I realised it was just the paperback version of one I already had! Ha! I kept it though, it was small enough to fit in my bag so I could read it in the playground while I waited for Violet to finish school at the end of the day.

    Hope you've had a lovely weekend. Just noticed the heating has come on. It's foggy again. Perfect Halloween weather really! ;o) xx

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    1. We are wondering if anyone will knock for trick or treat as when we last lived in town on an October 31st it was 1980 and it hadn't got to Suffolk from the States back then

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    1. Enjoy The China Governess! I do love Margery Allingham and she lived locally.

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    2. I could have bought about a dozen but decided on just one to add to the pile

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  3. :-) It means I can and I am neither flexible nor fit!!!
    J x

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    1. Well done you must be fit and flexible without knowing! :-)

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  4. I had breast cancer three years ago. Being able to put my knickers on standing up was definitely one of the milestones I celebrated on my road to recovery! :o)xx

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    1. Hope you are now fully recovered and still flexible!

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  5. A good haul. That should keep you quiet for a while! I am reading an absolutely BRILLIANT book at the moment - All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. It won the Pullitzer Prize for fiction in 2015 and I can see why. A wartime book, set in France/Germany - I think you would love it.

    I regularly stand on one leg when cleaning my teeth, to help my balance so when I am more geriatric than I am now, I shouldn't fall over just because I have one foot off the ground!! Can't do it with my eyes shut though . . .

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    1. This made me smile - I shall have to try standing on one leg more often,
      I borrowed that book at the beginning of the year but didn't read it - can't remember why.

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  6. very restrained , or is it the thought of packing them all?

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    1. It was the thought of how much it was going to cost that stopped me buying more! and my carrier bag was full anyway

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  7. My L&M asked my why I didn't sit down to put my knickers on and I said I won't sit down until I'm old

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  8. A very restrained pile of books for you ;-)

    I put my knickers in when I'm sat down, mostly because it's dark, extremely early in the morning and there's not much space by the sides of the bed, so one wobble and I would be sat on the chest of drawers ... and also I'm of the opinion that if there's the opportunity of a sit down you should take it ;-)

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    1. Sitting on the chest of drawers doesn't sound a good idea!

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  9. I have the Poppy Adams on the shelf, still unread (a gift from a friend), also the Elizabeth Goudge. She lived just a stone's throw from where we lived in Marldon, she was then in Westerland just outside Paignton. I also have one of the Pyms but no matter how many times I've attempted to read Barbara Pym I just can't get on with her books at all (ditto when I attempted Angela Thirkell.) I have shelves, too, of Persephones as I used to buy them the moment they were published, two or three at a time, but I found I simply wasn't reading them, so I nipped that habit in the bud! Current reading, the very satisfying saga writer, Judith Lennox, plus some re-reading for autumn.
    Margaret P

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    1. There are some Persephones I wouldn't want to read at all, I think I have about a dozen that I've read and a couple yet to read

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  10. I am a Persephone fan and have quite a nice collection of grey books!I would never part with them and I would suspect most people would hang on to them which
    Is a shame for me and you.

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    1. I look along the shelves of every charity shop for their grey covers but like you say I doubt many find their way out of houses once they are in

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  11. I love a good book sale. When I lived in Essex there was a fabulous one once a year on the outskirts of Shenfield, but it sadly stopped some years ago. Now I'm back in the West Country there never ever seem to be book sales at all - no idea why.

    Re; the standing up to put knickers on question - well, I can only get my knickers on whilst standing up AND hoiking them up with the help of a 'grabby stick' (a sort of litter-picker type thingy that is sold in mobility shops) due to my dodgy right hip. It's quite the performance getting dressed each morning, I can tell you!!

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    1. We only know of two regular ones close enough - wish there were more

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  12. Haha this knicker thing made me smile! I'm a standing-up person (with the occasional lean onto the bathroom basin) but at the moment I have a broken arm and knicker-raising one-handed is a whole different ball game!

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    1. Don't fall over and break the other one!

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  13. I can't resist books, I have them in every room in our home. I do pass them on to charity shops, but now we have a library in work, so all unwanted books will go there.

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  14. My daughter would love that book sale although it's a bit far to come.
    We do have a charity shop in town that sells just books at three for a fiver which isn't bad but it takes a good while to get round all the shelves-x-

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    1. 3 for £5 is less than Oxfam book shops who have the most choice but highest prices

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  15. I can do the nicker thing standing up but often I lean on the dresser or bathroom vanity. Have a very dodgy ankle so am always afraid of falling over. Nice haul of books you got. We have 2 huge book sales a year here for different charities. They have over 1,000,000 books at each sale and they are over 2 weekends. One is better than the other, I feel, as they are not only sorted by genre but alphabetically by author. Saves a lot of searching when I go with my list. I do find they are getting quite pricey though. I think they feel that most people will overlook that because it,s for charity. For me it just means I get less books for the amount I allow myself to spend!

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    1. A million books! now that's what I call a book sale- WOW

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  16. Omgosh! Makes me want to get a plane back just for the book sale. That's my ideal sale. Our library has a sale several times a year as they have a bookshop on the lower level of the library and receives lots of donations.

    Enjoy!

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    1. Time your next trip here for the last saturday of half term week!

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  17. Nothing like a good book sale, I've never heard of that Agatha Christie.

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  18. I envy you going to a book sale.. good luck with the sale of your bungalow, that one was horrible, no soul. We have looked at 2 properties in Leiston, I loved the one house but Leiston seemed so dreary, how does your daughter like living there? I 'd be interested to hear her views of it.

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    1. We only lived 2 miles away from leiston when we were in Knodishall.. It's actually a nice place to live - small enough to be friendly. Very Good doctors.Near the coast, near enough to Saxmundham for Tesco and Waitrose. Wouldn't want to live in Saxmundham. Lots of people live there forever which means they all know each other which is the only thing against it.

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  19. Enjoy the Agatha Christie, I read that book and enjoyed it.

    Julie xxxxxxx

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    1. Didn't even know it existed until saturday's sale

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  20. Oooohhhh books! Good luck with the house move. And yes...I can put my knickers on standing up. x

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    1. Thank you, seems most people are fit and flexible!

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  21. I can get my left leg into my knickers whilst standing up, but have to lean on something to get my right leg in! My right knee doesn't bend far enough fast enough for me to keep my balance!

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  22. Can. And I'm 75 now, so I suppose that's not too bad!

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