Quota International local chapter celebrate an anniversary

Sue Reardon at the 2018 Quota International Walcha Chapter Book Fair on opening day
Sue Reardon at the 2018 Quota International Walcha Chapter Book Fair on opening day

Our annual autumn literary celebration opened for the tenth time last Thursday and organisers say they hope it will raise more money than ever.

“Last year we raised more than $5,000, and we think we will top that this year,” said Quota International Walcha Chapter project lead Sue Reardon.

The book fair has raised tens of thousands of dollars in the last decade, and the Walcha chapter of Quota International has held it in three locations during that time,  but say the current one in the main hall at the Walcha Showground is the most convenient.

“Previously we had to sort the books in one location then move them to another for the fair,” Mrs Reardon said.

“Now we do it all in one place, and it is a very spacious venue for people to spend some time to browse what’s on offer.”

Books are priced on average at two dollars, but there are also many for 50 cents or one dollar and, as well as books, there is a wide selection of dvds and jigsaw puzzles. 

Mrs Reardon said this year more fiction and children's books had been donated than ever before 

“There are many more books and the condition, particularly of the children’s picture books, is very good.”

Mrs Reardon with the (large) Shorter Oxford Dictionary that is being sold by silent auction

Mrs Reardon with the (large) Shorter Oxford Dictionary that is being sold by silent auction

One of the most popular genres is local history, but don’t expect to find anything left in that section now.

“Local history always clears out on the first day,” Mrs Reardon said.

However, there are many, many more bargains to be had, including two unique books that you can make a silent bid for.

“One is an old (and extremely large) Shorter Oxford Dictionary, which was printed at Oxford, and is in very good condition,” said Mrs Reardon.

“The other is a very old and very beautiful bible, also in excellent condition.”

The fair will continue until Saturday, April 21 and during the last two days remaining stock will be sold for $5 per bag. There are also many books, in very used condition, that can be taken for free – so everyone can grab a book.

2018 Walcha Quota International Book Fair tour