Regent Sales


Each year, the Regent Theatre holds the Star Regent 24-Hour Book Sale and the Anything But Books Sale.

These are scheduled into people’s diaries all over the southern hemisphere and they make an essential and considerable contribution to the Theatre’s yearly income.

Anything But Books Sale – Friday 9th March 2018, noon to 8pm

38th Annual Star Regent 24-Hour Book Sale – Friday 8 June 2018 from mid day to Saturday 9 June 2018 at midday.






Artists, crafters, school students and community groups are invited to upcycle used unsalable books into artworks to support the Regent Theatre Trust of Otago.

For over three decades the Regent 24 Hour Book Sale has been one of the highlights on the Dunedin calendar. In 2018 we are introducing an exciting new art initiative giving a second life to old books. Books As Art will be part of the 38th Regent 24 Hour Book Sale being held from midday on Friday 8 June 2018.

The organisers hope Books As Art will become an annual feature of the sale. Books As Art encourages people to transform the pages of old books into sculptures and artworks. The book art will be displayed during the 24 Hour Book Sale and available for purchase, with a percentage of the sales supporting the Regent Theatre.

“Books As Art is a great opportunity for people to reuse books in a creative way, ensuring they have a new life.”

“We’ve been inspired by a similar exhibition in Edinburgh and can’t wait to see Dunedin people apply their creativity to give new life to used books. It’s the perfect challenge for a City of Literature. Books can be upcycled into beautiful art – whether its origami type page folding, intricate sculpted pages or using pages to make or cover items.”

Entries will be judged by a panel headed by Dunedin Public Art Gallery Director Cam McCracken who will be joined by artist Nicola Jackson and a panel to be announced.

Those who want to turn their hand to making old books into art will be able to pick up free pre-loved books from collection points around the city. Books are available from the beginning of March until late May. The boxes of books for collection are at the Hub at the Otago Polytechnic, the First Presbyterian Church and the foyer of the Athenaeum.

People making Books As Art must enter their completed artworks by Thursday 31 May 2018.

For more information, please contact the organisers at or the theatre at 03 477-8597.

BOOKS AS ART Entry form and information



We have a regular team of up to 50 volunteers that works eight months of the year accepting, sorting and pricing donated items in our offsite location.

Roslyn Mill Google map imageWe are happy to accept your donated items all year round, but please be aware that the items must be suitable for sale. We have to pay disposal costs for rubbish which rapidly reduces the income we earn from the sale.

Regent Collection Day – Sunday 29 April 2018 our team will be out and about all over Dunedin picking up donations from key locations.

You can drop your items to the Theatre during usual hours (M-F 9am-5.30pm or Sat 10.30am-1pm) or to Roslyn Storage on Kaikorai Valley Road on Sundays 10am-noon (it pays to call 4778597 during the week to check the volunteers are going to be there). Click the image at left to go to Google street view. There will be other drop off locations available in the lead up to the Book Sale next year.

Collection bins are now at Port Chalmers Motors & BP Mornington year round.

Below is a list of items that we can and cannot accept. If you are unsure, please give us a ring on 477 8597.

YES please

One of the biggest draw cards for these sales is the variety and quality of materials we have for people to rummage through.

  • Hardback and paperback books
  • Current NCEA texts
  • Recent magazines (post 2014)
  • Comics
  • Sheet music
  • Collectable ephemera (especially NZ sports programmes, local history, and vintage comics and magazines)
  • Unscratched CDs
  • Vinyl records and music tapes
  • Audio books
  • Good quality DVDs and videos
  • Complete jigsaws, toys and games
  • Pictures, mirrors and frames
  • Elegant junk – bric a brac, collectables …

NO thank you

Some books and magazines are always saleable (vintage, comics, and collectors’ topics like railways) so please check with us if you are unsure.

  • Ex-rental and home recorded VCRs and music tapes
  • Books that are damp or dirty, significantly repaired, broken spined, defaced, water damaged (unless very old/collectable/related to New Zealand)
  • Reference material (encyclopaedias, children’s reference sets, atlases, text books…) that is more than 5 years old
  • Readers’ Digest editions that are more than 3 years old
  • Free magazines (AA Directions, airline magazines…)
  • General publications more than 5 years old ( National Geographic, cookery, gardening, music, sports)
  • Magazines that are more than 1 year old when being current is important (such as women’s, IT, car, consumer…)
  • Damaged bric a brac
  • Furniture
  • Appliances
  • Clothes and shoes