Karen Giles has become the unexpected keeper of someone’s treasured photos.
It happened when she bought a book — Cause of Death by Patricia Cornwell — at the Rotary Club of Galston’s annual book fair in July.
Unbeknown to her there were four old photos inside. One is a wedding picture. The others are of a man and a woman.
‘‘I’ve had the experience before with a letter in a book I bought at the fair, but it was a nothing letter, wanting to say ‘hi’ and catch up, but when I saw photos this time I said ‘oh, no!’,’’ Ms Giles, of Castle Hill, said.
‘‘I would dearly love to give these photos back to their owner but because all the [55,000] books [at the fair] were donated, I don’t know where to start.’’
She said even if she can’t find the owner, it’s got her thinking about the importance of people making sure they look twice in a book before giving it away.
But Barbara Barratt isn’t surprised by this story.
She has been sorting books for the fair since its inception 16 years ago and said they often find little notes, letters and bookmarks inside the books.
They have a finders-keepers policy.
‘‘Nobody ever collects them,’’ Ms Barratt said.
‘‘Someone found $55 in a book this year. The person who bought it left their number.’’
She said it’s all they can do. But they have kept all the bookmarks found over the years.
■ Have you ever given away something precious accidentally?