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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Non-fiction for every kids really, there’s some good stuff in there!
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.
Back 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.