Freelance writer. Melbourne based cinephile. Fond of food.
Published October 12th 2014
Thousands of books, CDs and vinyl at ridiculous prices
If you're a music lover or an avid reader, you owe it to yourself to visit the Abbotsford Convent for the 3MBS Music & Book Fair. To say there are bargains galore is an understatement. Sprawled across two large rooms is a mind boggling array of material at ridiculously low prices.
For the book worm, there are thousands of titles to choose from, fiction paperbacks, hard covers, art and history books, Australiana, reference guides, new titles, hard to find old favourites…..the diversity is immense, and all are in excellent condition. For the musician there's also a great deal of sheet music on offer.
Although 3MBS is a radio station that specialises in Classical and Jazz, the Music & Book Fair knows no such bounds. There are thousands of CDs spanning a broad range of genres, and the breadth of vinyl on offer is even more impressive.
With so much good stuff going for the price of a song, it's no wonder the fair attracts a crowd. So much so that the annual event has become bi-annual. If you're lucky, the throngs that came away with bulging bags from the August event will still be at home enjoying their bounty, but it's more likely they'll be back for more.
The next fair is on the weekend of November 29 and 30, from 9 to 5 each day.
It's advised to get there early, there's invariably a queue when doors open at 9. Seasoned pundits grab a coffee from the St Heliers Gallery and Cafe and take in the beautiful surrounds before they head in.
There's only so much your kindle and iTunes can give you. To fill in the gaps, the 3MBS Music & Book Fair is the perfect old school alternative.