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Donations of Books

Donations of Books

Please drop off your book donations at the Farmers’ Institute, 351 Rainbow Rd., November 17-20, 10 am to 2 pm.

Salt Spring Literacy Presents Books & Bling 2022, Save The Dates, Save Your Books, Donate Your Bling, Event is Weekend of November 25th, 2022

Salt Spring Literacy’s annual Books & Bling event (formerly known as The Giant Book and Jewels for Literacy Sale) is our main community fundraising effort. It’s also one of the most anticipated dates on islanders’ calendars when 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!

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

Masterlist for Book Donating

BOOKS ACCEPTED

  • Fiction and Literature (all formats – hardcover, trade paperback, mass market paperback)
  • Arts, Crafts, and Hobbies (including poetry, drama, music, entertainment, dance, TV, building, DIY, photography, fabric arts and more)
  • Sciences, Environment, Nature, Wild Animals, and Biology
  • Transportation and Geography
  • History
  • Adventure, Sports, and Games
  • Biographies and Autobiographies
  • Foreign Languages (fiction or non-fiction)
  • Oldies and Specials in good condition
  • Children’s and Young Adult
  • Pets and Animals

BOOKS ACCEPTED

Must have been produced within the last 5 years

  • Cooking and food-related
  • Gardening
  • Travel
  • Political Science, Current Events, Business

BOOKS NOT ACCEPTED

  • Books with missing pages
  • Mouldy, dirty, or damaged books
  • Textbooks or reference books
  • Workbooks
  • Dictionaries
  • Bibles or other religious texts
  • Magazines
  • Reader’s Digest books
  • Studies and reports
  • Computer manuals
  • Government publications

Donations of Bling

Donations of Bling

If you’d like to donate jewelry (“Bling”), please drop it in the bin at Island Savings at 124 McPhillips Avenue, V8K 2T5.

We happily accept all kinds of jewellery: rings, earrings, necklaces, bracelets, hair ornaments, cuff-links —vintage, collectible, designer, and costume.

Volunteers

Volunteers

A legion of dedicated volunteers is needed to make our Books & Bling fundraiser a success. Join us for this exciting and important community event!

If you are interested in volunteering, please click to view the volunteer opportunities and sign up here:

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Friday Sale - Photo taken by Jen MacLellan
Friday Line - Photo taken by Jen MacLellan
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What You’ll Find at the Sale

What You’ll Find at the Sale

The halls are filled with tables loaded with well-organized and lovingly curated fiction and non-fiction books, in categories ranging from art to travel with every beloved mystery and CanLit novel in between!

They’re a 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 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. 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.

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Bling Volunteers

We look forward to seeing you in November!

Check Out Some Images From Past Events!

Check Out Some Images From Past Events!