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My Favourite Book Sale

Posted by Dani on October 26, 2013

Trinity College Book Sale
It’s that time of year again.

The annual Trinity Book Sale is on now. If you’re a book lover, just walking into that sale gives you a bit of a rush. Volunteers fill majestic Seeley Hall with over 100,000 books at bargain prices, and wait for the lineup of diehard fans to show up on the opening day of the sale.

Trinity College Book Sale

This is one of my favourite events. I first started going when I was a student at U of T, and now I take my own girls there. This year, my oldest is away at university, so the youngest and I went together. We’re experienced attendees, and we brought our own giant (and strong) Costco bags to fill as we braved the opening night crowds. And Olivia, if you are reading this – don’t worry, we picked you up a few, too.

Trinity College Book Sale

vintage childrens books

You can find just about anything here. The books are meticulously sorted into over 70 categories, from Anthropology to World Religion. The children’s section has all the current selections you would want, as well as some vintage classics that could have been taken from my own childhood bookshelf. As you can see from my pics, I love the older books, especially those in the rare book room where you can find some real treasures.

Old books by Wordsworth

old books

And there are a lot of quirky choices for the “unique” people in your life!

Men Who Knit & The Dogs Who Love Them

You can see my past posts here and here for more pics. If you’re a book lover at all, it’s the place to be.

Beatrix Potter books collection

Book Sale

old books

Trinity Book Sale, University of Toronto

Trinity College book sale runs Oct 24-28, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Monday, and Noon-8 p.m. Sunday, at 6 Hoskins Avenue.

6 Responses to “My Favourite Book Sale”

  1. Lorna Reevely says:

    Best photos of course. We are still trying to get all the books up on the tables. So much fun to see readers find new treasures and reunite with old ones

    • Dani says:

      Thanks Lorna. We did come home with a few treasures ourselves. It is such a great sale. I don’t know how your team manages to organize so many books so well!

  2. Becky says:

    Oh my goodness!!! How did I not know about this!?!

    **Am now mentally rearranging my Monday plans**

    • Dani says:

      I’m not sure what the sale is like on the last day, but you must must try to make it out on the Friday or the Saturday next year. Book lovers paradise! Let’s meet there!

  3. Oh my goodness – I so wish I knew about this when I lived in Toronto – I completely would have bought them out. I’m really sad now 🙁 I wonder if there’s anything similar at any of the Universities here?

    • Dani says:

      It’s the best book sale I’ve ever been to. Maybe one day you will be in Toronto at the right time to check it out! Hope you can find one closer to home.

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