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Qld's biggest second-hand book sale isn't just about books
If you know your recto from your verso; if the crackle of yellowed pages and smell of an aged, leather-bound book warm your soul; and if the dates for the Lifeline Bookfest Brisbane are the first ones marked on your new calendar each year then you will already know that it's almost that time of year again. For the rest of you, consider this your advance warning that Queensland's biggest second-hand book sale will be back at Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre from Saturday 24 June to Sunday 2 July 2017.
I belong to the first category in the previous paragraph. There's something about a pre-loved book that new books and eBooks just can't replicate. With the really old ones there's a sense of history in every page, and you can't help but wonder whose hands have turned those dog-eared pages or cried over the happy ending before.
But second-hand book sales are not just about nostalgia. They're the ultimate in recycling and this book sale has it all. Categories include: Animals; Literature and Classics; Children's; Reference; Humour and Oddities; Biography; Textbooks; Travel; Science Fiction; Art and Music; Paperback Fiction; Cooking; Sport; History; Gardening; Philosophy; and Hardback Fiction. All books are categorised and clearly laid out to make it easy for you to pore over the 4 kilometres of tables. Select a favourite, look for a book a friend has recommended, find the last volume to complete your set, or rediscover the book you have loved and lost.
Lifeline Bookfest Brisbane isn't just about pre-loved books. Its huge selection of comics, classic and modern board games, DVDs, CDs, puzzles, and magazines on every conceivable subject will keep you browsing for hours. And if, like a lot of other people, you've re-discovered the appeal of music on vinyl, you'll love scanning the collection of vinyl records.
As always, all funds raised at the the mid-year Bookfest will support the work of Lifeline and UnitingCare Community programs for individuals, families and children. This includes phone-based suicide prevention and bereavement support, as well as family and crisis support that's available 24/7. In recent years many Queenslanders will have benefitted from the organisation's post-disaster Community Recovery Program and Lifeline Shops are a go-to resource for second-hand op shoppers everywhere.
When: 24th June-2nd July Where: Halls 3 and 4, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre Times: Saturday 24th June: opening at 7.30am to 6.00pm Other weekend days: 8.30am-6.00pm Mon - Thurs: 9:00am - 5:00pm Friday late night shopping: 9:00am to 9:00pm Payment: Cash or EFTPOS
2. Come early
While there are millions of books it's still 'first in - best dressed'. You may have to fight your way through the first day crowds but it will be worth it if you find what you're looking for.
3. Bring bags or boxes
You may think you'll only buy a couple of books but, take my word for it, you'll always come away with more than you planned. You can also hire a trolley for only $2. It may be the best $2 you ever spend.
Image from UnitingCare Community Facebook page
NB.You can donate any of your unwanted books, records, games etc. by placing them in Lifeline bins, dropping them off at Lifeline shops. You can also donate them at the Bookfest in the crates provided.