BOOK SALE: The DrugARM pop-up book store in Ipswich City Square is selling your favourites for just $2 each.
BOOK SALE: The DrugARM pop-up book store in Ipswich City Square is selling your favourites for just $2 each.

Get a book for just $2 and help a charity

CHRISTMAS has come early for book lovers in Ipswich.

More than 20,000 books are being sold for just $2 each at a pop-up book store in Ipswich City Square running until December.

Not-for-profit group DrugARM is behind the book fire sale using donations from the public and local libraries.

They're hoping to raise $10,000 during the store's three month operation to expand services in Ipswich, including launching a new van to target regular alcohol and drug users who might be in need of help.

The van service, which will be an addition to DrugARM's existing van services touring the city on Friday and Saturday nights, is all about starting a conversation with a view to inviting people to use counselling services in the Ipswich office.

Alex Davis, DrugARM's communications and relationships manager, said the group was looking to do something different to their usual book sale which has been running for the past 10 years.

"We are really lucky because people have donated the books to us and in some cases let us use their properties to store and then sort out all the books," Ms Davis said.

"We've got between 20,000 and 30,000 books.

"They are all sorted into different categories like science fiction and romance.

"I've been blown away by the quality of the books too.

"So if we are able to resell them and then give people a bit of joy in their lives, while raising money for counselling services, that is really a great outcome for the event this year."

All the money that is raised from the pop-up book store will be re-invested in local services via Drug ARM's Ipswich office.