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Books & Bling Update May 2021

Books & Bling Update

Salt Spring Literacy would like to take this opportunity to thank the community for its ongoing and faithful support of our annual book and jewelry sale.

We’re looking forward to welcoming the community back to the Farmers’ Institute November 5 – 7, 2021, after a one-year hiatus due to the pandemic.

Ensuring the health and safety of our staff, volunteers, supporters and the general public continues to guide our planning. We appreciate your patience as we work hard to find new ways for you to donate your treasures with confidence.

You can drop off jewelry (“bling”) now to our usual drop-off bins in Island Savings Credit Union and the BMO Bank of Montreal, and at the Literacy Office at 100-125B Rainbow Road. We happily accept all kinds of jewelry: rings, earrings, necklaces, bracelets, hair ornaments, cufflinks —vintage, collectable, designer, and costume.

Lots of people have let us know they’re excited to donate the books they’ve been setting aside for us over the past year, and we couldn’t be more grateful! We hope to get back to accepting your donations once we’re sure it can be done safely, so we ask that you hold on to them a little longer.

Stay tuned for more information about books and jewelry drop-offs coming soon!

Upcoming Books & Bling Event Date

Upcoming Books & Bling Event Date

November 5-7, 2021

Salt Spring Literacy’s annual Books & Bling event (formerly known as The Giant Book sale and Jewels for Literacy) is our main community fundraising effort and one of our islander’s much anticipated dates on the calendar! The event is normally held in November at the Farmers’ Institute. For the sale itself the Farmers’ Institute becomes a Books & Bling bazaar, a treasure trove!

Judging by the long line-ups at opening, and the thousands of attendees it attracts every year from Salt Spring Island, with book and jewellery lovers from further afield, it is an event everyone can enjoy, especially when proceeds go to support such a good cause!

Friday Sale - Photo taken by Jen MacLellan
Friday Line - Photo taken by Jen MacLellan
Shopping Couple

The Books

The halls are filled with tables loaded with well-organized and lovingly curated fiction and non-fiction volumes, in categories ranging from Art to Travel with every beloved Mystery and Can Lit novel in between!

Books are bargain priced at just a few dollars with most Children’s books at or under a dollar. Exceptionally beautiful, valuable and antique volumes are professionally valued and displayed in a special section of the hall.

The Books

The halls are filled with tables loaded with well-organized and lovingly curated fiction and non-fiction volumes, in categories ranging from Art to Travel with every beloved Mystery and Can Lit novel in between!

Books are bargain priced at just a few dollars with most Children’s books at or under a dollar. Exceptionally beautiful, valuable and antique volumes are professionally valued and displayed in a special section of the hall.

Jewel Sale

The Bling

The Bling

The bling is an eclectic collection of designer, vintage, and costume jewellery donated by Salt Spring Islanders. In the “bling” room, you will find necklaces, bracelets, earrings, rings, and miscellaneous items such as cuff links. We also sell bags of beads. There is something for everyone. Every year, we find that a certain item is in demand. Last year in 2019, much to our surprise, it was pearls!

We work with artisans on the island to help us appraise the higher-end pieces and identify hallmarks and gemstones. Solving the intriguing riddle posed by the hallmarks stamped onto a piece of jewelry involves skill, experience, and a wealth of knowledge.

Our prices are reasonable, ranging from $2 to $200. At the center of the bling room is a table draped in black velvet. This is where you will find the designer items, the gold, and the silver. Every year, we have a jewellery collection bin at Island Savings between May through to October. You are also welcome to drop off your gently used bling at Salt Spring Literacy.

Unloading The Truck
Bling Volunteers
Loading Volunteers

Volunteers

Volunteers

A legion of dedicated volunteers are needed to make the event a success, helping with drop-off days, cleaning and sorting, categorizing and packing up approximately a thousand boxes of donated books as well as with the sale itself.
A call for volunteers begins in the warmer months before the event. Look out for our notice within the community.

Donations

Donations

Around 20,000 books and countless pieces of jewellery are donated every year by generous Islanders to support the vital cause of literacy.
Book donation drop-off days are hosted at the Country Grocer parking lot held throughout the warmer months preceding each sale.
For our jewellery donations, our team of volunteers organize drop-off locations throughout the community.
We also accept jewellery drop-offs at our Salt Spring Literacy office, located at 125B Rainbow Road.