The Illawarra could be in the midst of an amateur knitting and dressmaking boom in the comings days, with textiles books among the most popular sellers at the bi-annual Lifeline Big Book Fair.
Lifeline South Coast boss Grahame Gould said the genre was the dark horse at the weekend fare, with buyers snapping up almost all of the four tables worth of books on the subject.
‘‘Our children’s books, fantasy titles and war and military history were all very popular again this year, but textiles was definitely the surprise hit,’’ Mr Gould said.
‘‘We had everything from crocheting to knitting and dressmaking.
‘‘All up we sold about 1100 textiles books during the three days.’’
More than 115,000 books went on sale when the doors of the Illawarra Sports Stadium at Berkeley opened on Friday morning, ranging from the 50¢ economy section to a first edition of Alexey Brodovitch’s 1945 book Ballet, which had a price tag of $2300.
Mr Gould yesterday confirmed the Brodovitch book had failed to sell, but said it would now be put online in the hope of finding a buyer.
He said another valuable find – a program from the 1925 Grauman’s Egyptian Theatre Hollywood premiere of Charlie Chaplin movie Gold Rush – did find a new home at the weekend, selling for $150.
More than 4800 people filed through the stadium doors during the three-day fair, spending a total of $109,604.
Lifeline will use the funds to continue operating its 24-hour crisis support service along the coast.