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Published December 30th 2015
Grab a great read in a well organised second hand bookstore
In the Old Scout Hall at the corner of Kennaway street and Barr-Smith street is the Glenside Lions Club Bookmart. It is open 4 days a week, from 10am to 1pm on Monday and Friday and from 10am to 3pm on Saturday and Sunday.
The Lions Club of Glenside Bookmart
Roadside Sign on Greenhill Road
Unlike some second hand book shops, the Glenside Lions Club Bookmart is well organised and catalogued. The books are generally in very good condition and the overall feel is far more like a library. On entering the building, a small selection of Lions Christmas Cakes and Puddings (available all year round) are displayed on a shelf to the left. Ahead, presented in orderly rows, a wide range of fiction and nonfiction is available. The selection represents only the tip of the iceberg and rotates throughout the year with a large pool of available books, so the range is changing constantly.
The books on offer are all very reasonably priced and a small collection of CDs, vinyl records and DVDs is also present.
Vinyl Records, CDs and DVDs
At the back of the store are piles of magazines; a set of stairs alongside leads to a small, colourful area where children's books are being sold, many of which bring back memories from primary school.
Children's Book Section
View from the Children's Book Section
If you're looking for a diverse collection of well catalogued books in a second hand book store with the spirit of a library, the Glenside Lions Club Book Mart in Tusmore is well worth a visit.
The charity bookstores in Adelaide are amongst the best, and I am a usedbookstore addict. This is very good, so is the Oxfam on 1 Hutt, the Rotary shops on Goodwood, and Towers Tce Edwardstown, and the Lions Bookshed at Coromandel are all very good and well organised. Incidentally, beware the Goodwill at Blackwood - nice people, nice shop - but the books are organised, if that's the word, by colour....... ["My soul hurts" whimpered my neice, when someone "tidied" her bookcases by doing that. Well, these weren't my books but I really understand!] The Rotary Shed on Benjamin at Campbelltown isn't as elegant, but value is hard to beat - they are reasonably sorted and most of the fiction I think is 50c