Salt Spring Literacy holds the Giant Book Sale and Jewels for Literacy sale every November in the Salt Spring Farmers’ Institute.
How does it work? Books and jewellery are collected, sorted and cleaned by dedicated volunteers throughout the spring, summer and fall months. They are then beautifully displayed at the institute building on Rainbow Road. Prices are extremely affordable!
The book sale meets the mandate of Salt Spring Literacy by providing quality books to all segments of our community. Leftover books are offered free to local charitable groups and schools.
The GIANT Book & Jewellery Sale – 2018
Thank you to everyone for another record-breaking year!
The 2018 Giant Book & Jewellery Sale was another unprecedented success! The event raised more than $35,000: $24,324 in book sales and $11,128 in jewellery sales. Thanks to $2,500 in event sponsorship from the Rotary Club of Salt Spring Island, the society is able to include the full amount in our 2018 budget. All of the book sale’s expenses are covered by Rotary.
Grass Roots Press, a publishing company owned by SS Literacy Society board member Pat Campbell, covers extra expenses for the jewellery sale, which Pat and friends also initiated in 2015.
The fourth annual Jewels for Literacy sale saw a 32% increase in revenue from 2017. As more and more people learn about the jewellery part of our November sale, income from jewellery sales keeps on rising. Book sale revenue was up by 9.8% from 2017.
Attendance at the Nov. 16-18 event was 2,034 — including a number of repeat customers who came for all three days — which was more than 300 from the year before and also a record. One hundred people attended the Preview Night for society members on Nov. 15.
As always, the weekend at the Farmers’ Institute is a wonderful community event, with lots of socializing, people happy to have found the perfect book or piece of jewellery for a bargain price, and many volunteers enjoying their time among books, jewellery and community.
This year the Rotary Club offered a cafe in a quieter corner of the hall, with coffee, tea, muffins and cookies available for purchase and a place to rest, and also set up their BBQ outside. Both were great additions to the festivities.
The society is grateful to the estimated 110 volunteers who contributed more than 2,000 hours to the book sale and its preparations; to the jewellery volunteers who gave 455 hours to the cause; to the sale’s numerous sponsors and contributors listed at this link, and of course to everyone who donates books and jewellery and everyone who buys them at the sale.
Mark your calendars for the next sale on the Nov. 15-17, 2019 weekend! Book and jewellery collection will begin in the spring, so please hang on to your donations until then.