Whether you’re a book worm, a collector or just someone who loves a good bargain, Lifeline Bookfest on from Saturday 16 to Tuesday 26 January at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre is the place for you!

Lifeline Bookfest Brisbane is the largest second hand book sale in Queensland with millions of books magazines, records, puzzles, DVDs, CDs, vinyl and boards games on offer at some real low prices.

Every year, the event helps raise money to support the 13 11 14 Lifeline Crisis Support Line, a service offering suicide prevention and bereavement support over the phone, as well as family and crisis support – 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. So, by buying a couple of books or more, you’ll be supporting a great cause!

Whether its sci-fi, crime, romance, gardening, health, animals, science, religion, fiction or non-fiction, with over 4 kilometres of tables filled with books you’ll definitely find something you like at Lifeline Bookfest!

You might even find some rare treasures, like first editions or valuable collectables! It’s happened before!

If you are thinking about checking it out this year, here are some tips to help you out – and trust me, you’ll need them!

Come early

It’s always good to rock up early to an event like the Lifeline Bookfest, not only to avoid the line-up at the door and the crowds that follow, but to also get first pick of the millions of books and treasures on offer!

You never know what you might find!

Bring your own bags

With prices as low as a dollar you’ll be surprised how many items you’ll end up taking home, so it’s best to bring a couple of comfortable, sturdy bags.

Plastic bags aren’t so great with books, especially if their thick and heavy ones, so grab a couple of green bags from Woolies or Coles before you leave for the day – they’re more likely to hold up.

If you have a long trek home, think about bringing a small wheeled trolley bag or even a small suitcase – it’s much easier to wheel the books home than lug them around on your shoulders!

You can hire a trolley at the Bookfest for $2 to hold your books while you shop, but you can’t take them home.

Wear comfortable shoes

Ladies, please don’t wear heels to these sorts of things – you’re only going to end up sore and possibly broken by the end of the day (trust me, I know). If you’re thinking of stopping by for a quick browse in your sparkly stilettos before a cocktail party – think again!

You’ll be walking through miles of tables (and possibly floors) filled with books – 4 kilometres worth to be exact – and you’ll probably be there for a couple of hours so your feet are going to get sore.

Make sure you wear comfortable joggers or sandals to avoid yourself the pain! If you are going out somewhere special afterwards, make sure you bring a big enough handbag to fit a change of
shoes and all the books you’re going to buy.

Lifeline Bookfest is on from Saturday 16 to Tuesday 26 January at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. The Bookfest will be open from 8:30am to 7pm weekends and 9am to 5:30pm weekdays.

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