This special version of Stacking the Shelves is about the Lifeline Bookfest, held across Queensland in Australia twice a year.
It’s no secret that I have a little obsession…and that obsession is the Bookfest. It’s not often that I find myself being somewhere early in the morning just for a sale. But getting early on the first day to the Bookfest is totally worth it, because you’ll score the newest stock before everyone else has had the chance to go through it. The best thing is that you are supporting a charity with your purchases, so I don’t hold back too much.
My tips for attending the Lifeline Bookfest:
- Get there early, preferably on the first day. Items get replenished every morning.
- Bring a rolling bag or a suitcase, you’ll need it.
- Bring comfortable shoes and a bottle of water with you.
- Drive there if you can so you can make multiple trips back to the car.
- If buying a DVD or board game, check to make sure the CD is in there and that all the pieces are intact.
- After scoring all your bargain buys, wipe down all of your purchases with a wet, soapy cloth and dry cloth. It gets amazingly dusty in storage!
- DVDs and games are in the $2.50 section, go there first because this section is very popular!
- When purchasing PC games, keep in mind that most of the newer games contain a Steam key which will already be claimed by the original owner. Check the back of the box to see whether Steam activation is required.
- The last day of the bookfest is usually a sale day, where you pay for a plastic bag which is however many items you can fit in.
- The High Quality section is my favourite for latest releases, including the Children’s section for YA.
- Go there with a few hours to spare, it will take hours to sift through the aisles.
Without further ado, here is my haul at the latest Bookfest!
I think having a suit case this year attributed to the amount of stuff I bought…
Heaps of NA and romance this time around, which does me just fine! Most of these books were $4 each.
Super pleased with the DVDs that I got this year (and slightly embarrassed at some of the other ones). Can’t believe Russell Peters and Storm Riders (a favourite HK movie of mine) were in the plastic wrapper! All DVDs here wre $2.50, except for the Simpsons Season 7 which looks brand new for $10.
Not as many games this year, but I’m super happy with Diablo & Diablo II to put on the shelf. I played my brothers version back in the day and now I have my own copy for my collection.
Check out that massive Dragon Ball Z collection that I acquired! I cannot believe I got almost 4 complete seasons, with 3 cds signed by the voice actors of Trunks, Goku and Krillin!
Lifeline Bookfest in Brisbane will be held until 27 January 2014 in the Brisbane Convention Centre. Please consider donating your preloved books or items to a Lifeline store.
Now I’m in the market for another bookshelf…
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