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by Nadine Cresswell-Myatt (subscribe)
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Published July 6th 2015
Even signed copies

There is a saying "they breed like rabbits." After years working in a second hand book shop, to my mind, the saying should be "they breed like books"

It seemed like every time I turned my back there was another pile of books needing to be shelved. I could have sworn they weren't there previously. I think they copulated when I left the room to serve a customer.

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The space. Hopefully they have got it a bit more sorted by now.

Books have a way of mounting up. Which is why you might want to consider donating some of your expanding book collection to this great charity. On the other hand, one can never have enough books. So you might want to get along to this great incentive to gather even more.

Both adding to your library and subtracting are possibilites at this new initiative. Two Buck Books is at 456 Queen St Melbourne (opposite the Queen Victoria Market).

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Signed editions for two bucks

They sell books for only $2 and every month the proceeds go to a different charity. This month, for example, the proceeds are going to St Vincent de Paul soup vans. A couple of these vans are located nearby so you can see where you money is going and feel doubly good about your purchase. Organisers are also hoping other worthwhile charities will contact them.

As an incentive, for buying your book here, there are signed copies in amongst the frey. As an example Bret Easton Ellis signed a couple of copies of American Psycho and Less Than Zero knowing the money was going towards charity.

Finding a signed copy might be a bit like finding a needle in a haystack but think of the fun you will have trying.

Two Buck Books plans on having international and local authors sign their works each month and place them among the donated books on the shelves.

Last I heard there were around a thousand books but it the owners have turned their backs since then there are probably heaps more. So if you are a book collector you might especially want to check out the offerings.

Apparently there is a good mix of fiction and nonfiction. Travellers might be able to find the Lonely Planet guide they after and hipsters might light on a Hunter S. Thompson book. There have been some great design books as well as some on cats (nice change reading about them instead of watching them on YouTube.)

Two Buck Books shares the premises with Fancy Hanks which serves traditional American style slow cooked BBQ such as ribs, brisket, pulled pork and 'beer can' chooks all cooked using traditional pit smokers for up to 16 hours. They also sell craft beers, cocktails, wines, spirits and homemade soft drinks.

You don't have to eat there or drink at the bar to buy a book but there is an added pleasure in doing so. And you have something with you to read at the same time.

To donate books to Two Buck Books, you can drop them off at Fancy Hank's, 456 Queen Street, North Melbourne, during business hours or between 11am–11pm on weekends. Or email to arrange a collection.

The guys are also short on bookcases (bloody, books they really do breed like rabbits.)

If you have a spare wall in your cafe, bar or shop you can also become involved in selling two buck books and giving the proceeds to charity. If you email them at they can set you with some books and shelves.

If you have a box of books in the back of your car, or stacked up in your garage you might also want to drop them in. Again email them at or call in at 456 Queen St, Melbourne and ask for Robbie or Kent.
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Why? Charity and your love of books
When: Open from 11am, 7 days a week, at Fancy Hank's - 456 Queen St, Melbourne.
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Where: 456 Queen Street, North Melbourne
Cost: $2
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Sounds like an awesome concept. Will have to check it out!
by JoM (score: 1|86) 1683 days ago
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