Cavendish Square Annual Charity Book Sale
If you’ve been following my instagram, you may have seen me post about the Cavendish Square Annual Charity Book Sale! It’s a weekend-long market at the shopping mall, where dozens of charity organizations set up to sell second-hand books. As you know from my Cape Town Book Sale post, I love a good book sale. It’s such a great event because you get to support some awesome charity organizations and grab some fantastic books for extremely low prices! And it’s this weekend!
Venue: Cavendish Square shopping mall, Cape Town.
Dates: 24-27 August 2017
Although the sale started yesterday, in my experience there are always great books, no matter which day you go on. Take cash, as most of the stalls don’t have card machines or use Snapscan. Since it is a charity book sale, almost all the books are second-hand, and the quality tends to vary by stall and individual book. I’ve gotten books in near-perfect condition, and I’ve gotten books that are a little worse for wear. Better quality books do tend to be a bit more pricey, but it’s rare to pay more than R50 for a book (most books go between R10 and R30). Take your time and check around, since you’ll often find the same book at multiple stalls (especially if it was a popular book). There are all genres available, including nonfiction, but children’s books are harder to find.
My Book Haul
I only had an hour to browse through the stalls, so I picked up seven books for myself, one to gift to a friend and two to donate. I payed a little over R250 (mostly because three of the books I bought were from a more expensive stall), which is so great.
I got three novels. I picked up:
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. It’s a tragedy that I haven’t read this yet, so I was really happy to get this.
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. I really enjoyed The Secret History, and this book was on my to be read list ever since, so I’m glad I found an affordable copy.
Season of the Witch by Natasha Mostert. I saw this book at one of the stalls and picked it up because it looked interesting and was only R10. It has four stars on goodreads, which makes me quite happy!
The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar by Roald Dahl. Everyone knows Roald Dahl’s kids books, but his short stories are far more suitable for adults and are incredibly good. I read this collection before from the library but I’m so happy to have a copy of it now.
I picked up a really random assortment of other books. I got a gardening book with lots of different flowers that I’m going to use for reference images and journalling (after seeing Overall Adventures use a gardening book for her journalling, I was convinced to get one at the sale). Along with that, I found this gorgeous art book called A Glasgow Sketchbook which I immediately knew I wanted because it’s so inspiring to flip through and see the urban sketches. I’m not very good at sketching (at all), but I love this style of sketching and I want to get better at it.
The last book I got is my absolute favourite. It’s called Fynbos Fairies by Antjie Krog and illustrated by Fiona Moodie. It is such a beautiful book. It’s actually a children’s book which is filled with the loveliest illustration of “Fynbos fairies”. I love, love, love fairies (they’re my favourite mythical creature – sorry dragons). And this is a book with South African fairies. It’s a treasure.
I hope this has convinced you to check out the Cavendish Annual Charity Book Sale! It’s one of the highlights of my year, every year, and this year certainly hasn’t failed to live up to the expectation. I hope you find lots of great books! Don’t forget to subscribe to my blog or follow me on my social media in the sidebar (especially my instagram) to stay up-to-date with all of South Africa’s best literary events. Happy reading!