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Giant book sale returns to Grace United Church's annual Festival Market
Brock Sansom, Judith Sayers and team leader Marnie Taylor sort some of the 4,000 books that Grace United Church has received since April. With non-fiction books sorted by category and fiction titles alphabetically by author, buyers can easily find their volumes of interest. (John Sayers/Supplied)


It’s been described as the biggest and best book sale in town, and this year’s Grace United Church Festival Market on Labour Day weekend will feature more than 4,000 items.

Included in the motherlode is a donation of hundreds of drama and Shaw-related books from a local estate and a number of special and collector books.

Organizer Marnie Taylor estimates more than 1,000 volunteer hours have been spent organizing all the tomes so people can easily find what they want.

Taylor noted that in the digital era, books are still popular in Niagara-on-the-Lake. She believes readers appreciate the tactile nature of those pages of paper, whether it’s a work of fiction or an insight into local or national history.

When the doors open at 8 a.m. on Aug. 31, Taylor expects people will rush in to find their favourite topics and authors. It happens every year. But there’s still plenty of good reading available later in the morning and right up until the sale ends at 2 p.m., she said.

The sale is indoors and air conditioned, so weather is never an issue.

And books are only part of the Grace United sale. There is also home baking, breakfast, produce, jewelry, traditional sewing and knitting, and home-made jams and sauces created by a legend in local jam-making.

The church is located at 222 Victoria St. in Old Town.