Book & Jewelry Donations 2020 On Hold
Book donations for our Book and Jewelry Sale were planned for May, but our plans are on hold now due to Covid-19. Keep an eye here, the SS Exchange or our FB page for dates and times.
THANK YOU, THANK YOU for helping us have a successful 2019 Giant Book and Jewellery Sale
Salt Spring Literacy thanks the people of this community for the continued support of the sale. Our thanks, too, to the dedicated volunteers who offered their time and energy at the Sale, the monthly drop-offs and in sorting and cleaning items. The Country Grocer gave us so much support, Salt Spring Rotary provided generous funding and Salt Spring Fire & Rescue braved the cold to direct traffic. The Sale was a great success, our best yet, which means we can continue to provide early literacy programs, reading tutors in the elementary schools, adult tutoring, exam invigilation, programs for seniors, and a variety of drop-in services at the Literacy Centre. We couldn’t do it without you!
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.