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This is their once a year sale - huge amount of books
Every year, Save the Children have the largest book sale at the University of WA.

Many thousands of books for sale

Every year, it seems to get better, with the most fabulous books on offer all at reasonable prices. I have not missed this sale in about 12 years and a lot of my collection of old and rare books have been bought from here.

Children's books

There is always a line hours before the opening time to get into this book sale, as it has come to be recognised as possibly the best second-hand book sale in Perth. I know I look forward to it to see what rare finds I will acquire each year - very exciting if you love books!

The selection is the largest in Perth with the whole of Winthrop Hall being crammed full of thousands of boxes of books, all of which are in pristine condition.

Winthrop Hall at Uni of WA

It will be on from Friday 17th till Wednesday 22nd August, 2018 - see pamphlet photo below for individual times.

Tuesday 21st, the books are all half price and Wednesday 22nd, you can fill a whole box for $15!

For those people who do not actually collect books, but read them, there are so many genres at this sale! Some of them include the following:

True Crime
Crime novels
Mills & Boone
Rare and old
Science fiction
Vinyl Records
Crafts and hobbies
New Age
Sheet music

Old, and classic books

This year, there will be a special section with rare and valuable books (the ones I will head straight to!)

They will also have, as a first - a Flash Sale on at the Hackett Cafe in the University. This will be held simultaneously on the Saturday and Sunday. Here they will have:

Rare and collectable
Text books
Folio Society Books
Children's boxed sets
Classic Board games
And more

About Save the children
Save the Children will celebrate their 100th year in 2019, and they have been fundraising since its inception. The founder of Save the Children, Eglantyne Jebb, raised money initially for children in Europe and that became the beginning of Save the Children.

Save the Children's have a programme called "Families First", and this teaches law enforcers and social workers in Indonesia, best practice when working with children in conflict with the law.

They also support communities and the local government in building resilience to climate change in Vanuatu. They have an "Adolescent Girls Non-Formal Education in Emergency project". This is one which is one of seven winners of the MIKTA Emergency in Education challenge.

On the humanitarian side, Save the Children is ensuring all children have the right to go to school, learn and thrive in the occupied Palestinian territory. They also have many other programmes all over the world, including programmes here in Australia and throughout Western Australia.

All monies raised from this book sale goes to Save the Children and all the people at the sale are volunteers who receive no pay for their efforts and work.


About 70% of this book sale will go to programmes around Western Australia. This will be in areas such as Armadale, Gosnells, Kununurra, and the Dampier Peninsula.

This year is the 54th year of the sale at UWA. They will move approximately 48 pallets of books to the sale, and this equates to about 120,000 books!


There will also be a South of the River sale a bit later in the year. Here they will have about 30 pallets of books equating to about 60,000 books.

South of the River book sale

And don't worry if you do not have cash on the day, as they have EFTPOS facilities at these book sales!
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Why? For a huge once a year book sale
When: From Friday 17th August, to Wednesday 22nd August, 2018
Where: University of WA, Nedlands, WA
Cost: Free entry
Your Comment
Great article, thanks.
One minor thing, we do not have Mills and Boon books at the SCA UWA Branch Booksale, but they are available through some Sava the Children shops.
Come and share the book joy!
Di Walker, UWA Branch 2018 Sale Coordinator
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