WA’s largest secondhand book sale – buy books and support Save The Children

Just some of my bargain buys from last year

Some of my bargain buys from last year


Every year around this time I get a little bit excited at the thought of spending an hour or two searching The Undercroft at the University of Western Australia for great reads – kids books, cookbooks, parenting titles, fiction and non-fiction.

WA’s largest secondhand book sale – The 50th Annual Save the Children University Branch Book Sale – is on from August 15 to 20.

It’s not like we need any more kids books in our house – the bookcases are overflowing and we also visit the local library (where Mr TT seems to spend more time running up and down the aisles than looking at books).

I just can’t say no to discovering more books and seeing the joy on my toddler tornadoes faces as they become immersed in more great stories.

At last year’s sale I picked up a boxful of books including the classic Australian Women’s Weekly Children’s Birthday Cake Book for $2, a couple of slow cooker cookbooks plus a bundle of kids titles including Play School and Wiggles books (current favourites with Mr TT).

My two favourite finds however were the classics “Ladybird History of Cricket” and “The Tiger Who Came To Tea”. A kind lady thrust this book into my hands, told me how much her kids loved it and suggested very strongly that I had to buy it. Slightly intimidated, I followed her instructions and it has since become one of Miss TT’s very favourite books.

My kids don’t care that these books are secondhand – they are still in good condition. To them it’s like Christmas seeing a boxful of books! I’m even happier at the thought that all funds raised from this event support the Save the Children Fund. It’s a win-win.

A few tips for anyone planning on heading along:

  • It can get very busy but the lines move quickly
  • Boxes of books are constantly being replenished so if you don’t make it on the first day, you won’t miss out on some great titles on another day (there’s over 100,000 books for sale!)
  • Boxes are available but it’s easier to bring your own carry bag – make it a large one as most books are around $2 or $5 so you’ll find yourself stocking up!
  • The venue can get crowded – it’s not pram friendly.

I’ll be leaving my toddler tornadoes at home with Handy Hubby and heading along on Friday night with friends (any excuse for a wine afterwards).


Opening times

Fri 15 Aug: 5pm–9:30pm
Sat 16 Aug: 6am–6pm
Sun 17 Aug: 8am–6pm
Mon 18th Aug: 9:30am–9:30pm
Tues 19 Aug (Half Price Day): 9:30am–9:30pm
Wed 20 Aug (Bargain box day): 9:30am–3pm

Happy book sale shopping everyone!

Tash xx

PS – For anyone in Perth south of the river, the Annual Save the Children South of the River Branch Book Sale will be held in Cannington later in the year from September 26 to 30.

Are you planning on heading along to the book sale? Let me know if you pick up any great reads!

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