Twice a year at the Southbank Convention Centre, Lifeline holds a second-hand sale to top all second-hand sales – the entire floor of the convention centre is filled with donated books, games, CDs, DVDs and even VHS tapes for sale with all money raised going to Lifeline (funnily enough). And these aren’t just musty old leather-bound books your grandparents have in their hutches (though there’s a few of them too) – every genre from adventure to romance to fantasy to horror to cooking to travel to biography to children’s literature is widely represented, with plenty of well-known titles and hidden gems to be had. There’s a priced section (most books between two and five dollars each), an unpriced section (books of reduced quality – maybe some tears or water damage – that are about fifty cents to two dollars each depending on condition and size) and a high-quality section where you can get near-mint condition books for about half their original shelf price, not to mention where the true collectors can find several tables of rare out-of-print books.
The Bookfest is at the Convention Centre at Southbank until Sunday (the 6th of February). If you can’t make it or most of the books are gone by the time you get there, fear not – there is one every January as well as one every Queen’s Birthday long weekend (second weekend plus the following Monday of June). Remember, it’s all for a good cause – Lifeline are contributing to the ongoing flood reliefs – and you’ll also get some great reads out of it, too!