The largest second-hand book sale event IN THE WORLD is back in Brisbane for 10 whole days!
Each year, large amounts of books are donated to Lifeline Shops. Instead of simply dumping or recycling what they can’t stock, Lifeline started organising Bookfests to help sell off the books. Lifeline Bookfests appear all around Queensland in Bundaberg, Caboolture, the Gold Coast, Ipswich, Mackay, Maryborough, Rockhampton, and Brisbane.
In January and June, Lifeline Bookfest comes to the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre in South Brisbane. Two enormous exhibition halls are dedicated to hundreds of thousands of books.
You can roam through the $1 section, the $2.50 section, and the High Quality (prices as marked) section to find some hidden treasures. Each section divides books into categories and genres.
Not only are those tables piled high with books, there are more pallets waiting to be unpacked to provide fresh selections every day.
Brisbane Lifeline Bookfest is on from 17-26 January 2015 at Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre (corner of Merivale Street and Glenelg St, South Brisbane QLD). Doors are open from 8.30am to 7pm on weekends and 10am to 6pm on weekdays. Bookfest is staffed by volunteers and entry to the event is free.
All funds raised go to supporting UnitingCare Community and Lifeline’s community services. These services include a 24-hour Crisis Support Line, suicide bereavement and prevention support, and a disaster recovery program called Community Recovery. All of these services rely on the funds raised by Lifeline Shops in Queensland, where you can buy donated items including clothing, books, and furniture. Donations are also a big part of helping Lifeline continue these programs. You can make a donation online to help out.
You can also like Lifeline Bookfest on Facebook and receive updates about all the Bookfests held throughout Queensland.
Every time I go to Bookfest, I end up with some absolute gems. This year I’m trying to rein myself in so that my shelves of unread books don’t overflow. I can’t make any promises, though.