The bag lady and the bookfest

Posted on Sat, 19 Jan 2008 by midcenturyjo

Twice a year Brisbane holds what is touted as the biggest secondhand book sale on earth, the Lifeline Bookfest with over 1 million books covering over a football field of space. Twice a year I drag my little shopping trolley along and join the feeding frenzy. I call myself the bag lady. Today was the last day, everything half price and even fill a bag for $5. (The bargain hunter in me was out!) 10 bags later and dozens of retro design books, boys and girls annuals, craft books and vintage Penguins I was filthy but happy. Four hours of bibliophile bliss. I need a nap. Here are just some of the beauties I found.

You know what this means though. More retro posts! My favourite of the lot is a book of dissertations from 1896. Someone has covered it in this wonderful pink brown and white chevron fabric many years back. Now it’s all beautifully worn and stained.

kim. says:

OMG are you ever lucky! That must have been so much fun to dig through all those books! I can’t wait to see what retro posts you come up with now that you have so much reference material (if only scanning wasn’t such a pain in the butt).

Bring on the retro posts mid-century girl!

Oh my God, how I would have loved to be there!! I wish there was something like that around here. I would have filled a whole car with books!

Dana says:

This is soooo great. we only have Strand book store in NY but I wish I was there!

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