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Covid19 Notice

Covid19 Notice

Please note that due to Covid19, our 2020 Books & Bling fundraiser has been cancelled. Book donations are not being taken at this time, but we are still taking donations for jewellery. Our volunteers have organized a drop-off bin for jewellery at Islands’ Savings Credit Union, and it will be available until the end of October, 2020. We are also happy to take donations at our Salt Spring Literacy office, located at 125B Rainbow Road.

To learn more about our Covid19 Preventions, please click here.

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 both book and jewellery drop-offs at our Salt Spring Literacy office, located at 125B Rainbow Road.