Thrift shops complain that people dump unusable junk on them to save paying dumping fees.
After many hours sorting books for the Rotary Club of Oamaru’s annual Bookarama I know what they mean – one person’s trash isn’t always another’s treasure.
Some books which are donated look as it they’ve never been opened, others are well-read but still in good condition some are simply rubbish.
One of the supermarkets which was collecting books on our behalf phoned to say someone had just dropped off 17 boxes full. The donor’s intentions might have been good but only a handful of the dozens of books inside them were of any use.
Memo to self: go through book shelves regularly and never store books outside.