Annual Book Sale Haul

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A local newspaper here organizes a huge annual book sale, which happened this past weekend, and it’s always one of my favourite events of the year. Which is a little sad, but let’s not dwell on that. All of the books are donated, and the proceeds go to local literary programs, so it’s a good excuse to buy way too many books without any guilt. It’s $1 for a trade paperback, $2 for a larger paperback, and $3 for a hardcover.

Over 500,000 books were donated this year, and they made $158,150 ($2,000,000 since first starting the sale seventeen years ago). It’s a two-day long event, and until mid-afternoon there’s usually a line to get in. We were there at 10:00am Saturday morning, and we waiting about half an hour. It’s worth the wait, because when you enter you’re greeted with rows upon rows of books to browse through, and even though it’s incredibly crowded, everyone seems to be in a good mood.

I bought twenty books for $34 and stayed for two and a half hours. My girlfriend and I went for eggs Benedict afterwards. Mine had a base of Scottish potato scones and was topped with black pudding, maple caramelized red onions, bacon, poached eggs and a whisky hollandaise sauce. It was a pretty great morning.


Here’s a horrible photo I took before I left town. My intention was to only come home with a few choice picks, but I just kept finding more and more books. But hey, it’s for charity!

Events like these are a refreshing reminder that a lot of people still love to read, and that paper books are still alive and well in the digital age. You couldn’t have an event like this with eBooks, and I like to think of this as a sign that eBooks and paper books can continue to live in harmony.

6 thoughts on “Annual Book Sale Haul

  1. Lady Disdain

    Ah, it’s not sad at all. To be honest, similar types of events in my local area are also my favorites. There is no shame.

    True – we wouldn’t be able to have these types of events with eBooks. There’s something to be said for the pleasures of just browsing a shelf for titles that catch your eye. Although, (playing devil’s advocate here) all the arguments for actual books tend to be more “romantic” and idealistic ones, than practical ones.

    1. Rob Post author

      I’d agree that most (not all) arguments for paper books tend to be more romantic than practical. I still haven’t taken the plunge with eBooks, but I will eventually. I just refuse to imagine a world without browsing book stores, though. It’s my happy place.

  2. Geoff W.

    Two of my favorite times of the year are the biannual library book sale! It sounds minuscule compared to this one, but it’s this weekend and I’ll take some cash down and enjoy looking through the books and hopefully stumble across a few on my list!

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