Top tips for the Book Sale

Jane Hackett is the Team Leader of the library’s Bindery and Distribution team. One of her big tasks is coordinating the Big Bargain Book Sale (it’s on Friday 24 and Saturday 25 March). She’s been doing it for six years. For her, the book sale wrangling starts before Christmas.  The sale includes around 50,000 items, so it’s a biggie.

Captain Jane and her first mate, young book lover Alex Riley, guard some of the book sale loot.

Jane has some top tips if you are heading along this year:

  • Allow enough time to look at stuff.
  • Don’t wear stilettoes. Comfortable flat-soled shoes are the best option.
  • Bemused by America? Interested in psychology, politics and economics? Gravitate to the books classified 000s to 300s in Dewey Decimal.
  • Graphic novels and comics are popular purchases.

And this is probably the hottest of the hot tips:

It doesn’t matter what time you come to the book sale – not all stock is put out at the start. New stock is being put out all the time.

More about the Book Sale:

Our annual book sale will be held at the Pioneer Recreation and Sport Centre.

  • Friday 24 March, 9am to 7pm
  • Saturday 25 March, 9am to 4pm

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Pay by EFT-POS or cash only — no credit cards or cheques.

  • Most adults’ books are $3 (except for selected premium art, landscape and gardening books at marked prices)
  • Young adults’ and children’s books are $1
  • Magazines are 10 for $1
  • Audio-visual items such as DVDs, CDs, tapes, talking books etc are $3

There will be an exhibition of art by the Landscape Art Group at the book sale. All paintings will be for sale, with prices ranging from about $50 to $300 (more towards the lower end of that scale).

Children’s book sale – it’s all $1! Thursday 29 and Friday 30 September at Fendalton Library

Hop along to Fendalton Library on Thursday 29 and Friday 30 September – there is a book sale for kids and everything is at the bargain price of $1. Perfect for stocking up on school holiday reading! It’s on from 9am to 5pm on Thursday, and 9am to 4pm on Friday.

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There will be children’s fiction, non-fiction, picture and board books as well as Young Adult’s books. All for $1.

Find more school holiday events and activities in Christchurch.

Cats and Kalashnikovs – the Big Bargain Book Sale is on and it’s awesome

Our Big Bargain Book Sale is underway. On Friday 11 March (today) it goes from 9am to 7pm, and tomorrow (Saturday 12 March) it is on from 9am to 4pm. It’s at the Pioneer Leisure and Recreation Centre, 75 Lyttelton Street, Spreydon. When we say there is something for everyone, we ain’t kidding.

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Cats. Kalashnikovs.

Things you need to know:

  • You can pay by EFT-POS or cash only (no credit cards or cheques)
  • Most adults’ books are $3 (except for selected premium art, landscape and gardening books, and most New Zealand books, which are at marked prices)
  • Books for kids and teens are $1
  • Magazines are 10 for $1
  • Audio-visual items such as DVDs, CDs, talking books etc are $3
  • Tables are regularly replenished with new supplies
  • We supply plastic library bags for free, but you might also like to bring you own shopping bags, suitcase, etc.
  • It’s superawesome and it is highly likely you will find something to take home and enjoy

Here’s some pics from the preview.

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Landscape Art Group paintings at the Big Bargain Book Sale
Art from the Landcape Art Group for sale.
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Someone’s* pile of books at the Book Sale. *Mine

Our Book Sale is on NOW!

Kia ora. Our Big Bargain Book Sale is on today (Friday 20 March) until 7pm, and tomorrow (Saturday 21 March) from 9pm to 4pm. It is in the stadium at the Pioneer Recreation and Sport Centre. Books for kids, for fiction-lovers, for gardeners, for cooks, for fashionistas DVDs, CDs, and jigsaw puzzles too.

In a new addition this year, a coffee cart inside so you can browse with caffeination. Highly recommended, A++, would attend again.

Photos from last night’s preview.
Something for everyone at the Book Sale
Bags of books
Book sale books
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Big Bargain Book Sale – this Friday 20 and Saturday 21 March

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The annual world famous in Christchurch Big Bargain Book Sale is at the Pioneer Recreation & Sport Centre, 75 Lyttelton Street, Spreydon.

  • Friday 20 March 2015 9am – 7pm

  • Saturday 21 March 2015 9am – 4pm

We don’t recommend frying our books. Buy ’em, don’t fry ’em.

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It’s Booktacular – Big Bargain Book Sale – Friday 20 and Saturday 21 March 2015

The Library book sale is a Christchurch institution. And a bit of a booklovers’ frenzy! One of my favourite things is seeing people with all sorts of carrying devices filled to the gunnels with books books BOOKS. It is booktacular.

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The 2015 Big Bargain Book Sale is on soon at the Pioneer Recreation & Sport Centre, 75 Lyttelton Street, Spreydon.

  • Friday 20 March 2015 9am – 7pm

  • Saturday 21 March 2015 9am – 4pm

I am not immune to the charms of this annual sale. Though I think I narrowed my selection down after this picture. Because I didn’t have a suitcase on wheels like some Christchurchians did.

2010 Library book sale

Childrens’ and Young Adult Book Sale

Book cover of books always everywhereWant to stock up on some Kids and Teens books? Great! We are having a Childrens’ and Young Adult Book Sale at Fendalton Library on Thursday 2 and Friday 3 October. All titles are only $1 each! Come and grab some:

Fendalton Library is on the corner of Clyde and Jeffreys Road and is on the number 120 bus route. There’s off-street parking via Clyde Road and Jeffreys Road including disabled parking and bike stands outside library.

Childrens' Books at the Book Sale. Flickr, CCL-2012-02-16-Booksale-IMG_9459
Childrens’ Books at the Book Sale. Flickr, CCL-2012-02-16-Booksale-IMG_9459

Take a look at our Big Bargain Book Sale – it kicks off tomorrow!

Some photos from Library book sales gone by (including yours truly with her book booty – Dirk Bogarde! Halston! Andrew Loog Oldham!).

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Library Book Sale

And more recent times:

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The annual world famous in Christchurch Big Bargain Book Sale is on soon at the Pioneer Recreation & Sport Centre, 75 Lyttelton Street, Spreydon.

  • Friday 21 March 2014 9am – 7pm

  • Saturday 22 March 2014 9am – 4pm

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Friday night book fry – Big Bargain Book Sale 2014

booksalefryBack in 2006 we advertised our book sale with a “fry up” book style. There is also another promotion Lindsay (Bindery team leader back then, and Book Sale organiser) did but alas I have no photos. He is resplendent in a bathful of books.

In 2014, the annual world famous in Christchurch Big Bargain Book Sale is on soon at the Pioneer Recreation & Sport Centre, 75 Lyttelton Street, Spreydon.

  • Friday 21 March 2014 9am – 7pm

  • Saturday 22 March 2014 9am – 4pm

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Big Bargain Book Sale 2014

The annual world famous in Christchurch Big Bargain Book Sale is on soon at the Pioneer Recreation & Sport Centre, 75 Lyttelton Street, Spreydon. Get these dates in your diary now!

  • Friday 21 March 2014 9am – 7pm

  • Saturday 22 March 2014 9am – 4pm

Some Book Sale facts and figures

  • Christchurch City Libraries have run successful annual book sales for over 27 years.
  • Most items for sale cost $3 ($1 for kids’ stuff). Some items have been priced at a higher value including some art books, New Zealand non-fiction and house and garden books.
  • The wonderful Friends of the Library provide the majority of the staffing for the event.
  • The Landscape Art Group will be exhibiting framed and unframed original paintings and drawings by local artists.
  • More stock is put out progressively during the sale – so whatever time you come there should be plenty to look at.
  • The first couple of hours are very busy – 400 people through the door in the first ten minutes last year!

Library book sale 2012
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