April fool's day was a celebration rather than a joke for Waitati
resident Beckford (known to all and sundry as Beck) Ritchie. On 1
April he opened his new venture, the second-hand bookshop Works
Conveniently located across the road from the Gardens supermarket in
North East Valley, Works stocks a wide range of titles, most of which
are from Beck's own private stock, collected over many years.
The store also features a book binding studio where Beck is able to
repair books and make slip cases for clients. Beck also sells printed
ephemera including postcards, programmes and posters.
This is not Beck's first foray into the second-hand book business, nor
even his second. He has previously owned or run businesses in Oamaru
(Cover to Cover) and Upper Stuart Street (The Haunted Bookshop, and
yes, apparently it was). He's even sold books from a double-decker bus
in Waitati but for the past 12 years Beck has been working part-time
A clearly ideal candidate for such a venture, Beck says, "Second-hand
booksellers are allowed to be eccentric. In fact, it's almost
Works is open Mon-Sat from 10am to 6.30pm.
• Works Second-hand Books, Beck Ritchie 027 253 1412, firstname.lastname@example.org
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