Upcoming Montreal Used Book Sales 2017
This is now 20 years old. Back in 1997, someone who I felt was too focused on organizing people than organizing information posted to the local newsgroup, mtl.general, about a "book swap". I posted a reply pointing out all the used book sales we have in this city. When you can get a book for fifty cents, or even a dollar, that's pretty close to free. And after that, when there were a bunch of used book sales coming up, I'd post a message to the newsgroup. A few years back, I started putting the same information on this webpage, and that's the only form it exists in now.
Pointe Claire used book sale March 11th
Westmount Book Fair March 11th
Laval amateur radio fleamarket March 25th
Pointe Claire Library used book sale April 7-8
St. Lambert used book sale April 7-8
Westmount Library book sale April 8-9
Montreal Amateur Radio Club fleamarket April 8
Summerlea Church in Lachine book sale April 8
Beaconsfield Library book sale April 21-22
Beaconsfield community garage sale April 22
Dorval Library book sale April 26-30
ConU Coop Bookstore book sale April 29-30
Centre Greene used book sale May 5-6
Montreal West United Church book sale May 6
CDN Scouts bazaar, with books, May 6
Verdun Hospital book sale May 9th
Ignatian Centre yard Sale May 12-13
St. Philip's Church in MTL West book and garage sale May 13
Lots of garage sales in Montreal West May 13
Rosemere used book sale May 13th
Friends of the Montreal Library used book sale May 20 to 28
Cote St. Luc library book sale May 27-28
Cote St. Luc mega garage sale May 28
Jewish Public Library book sale May 28-29
Grande Bibliotheque used book sale May 31-June 3
SPCA Monteregie used book sale June 2-3
Goethe Institute used book sale June 13-16
Benny Library book sale June 17
Otterburn Park used book sale July 8
Atwater Library lawn used book sale July 11th
Pettes Memorial Library in Knowlton used book sale July 15-16
South Shore University Women's Club book sale Aug 9-12
Otterburn Park used book sale August 12
Dorval book sale August 11-12?
Deux Montagnes Lions Club book sale October 21-22
MONSFFA used book sale Nov 12?
The Valois United Church in Pointe Claire is having their annual "Book, Bake and Craft" sale on Saturday March 11th, from 9:30 to 12:30 at 70 Belmont Avenue in Pointe Clair, "in Fellowship Hall". They have a notice on their main page, but no details. I'm sure they want donations but I don't see anything at their site about how to do that. This is a regular event, I've never been so I don't know how much of it is books and how much the rest. Like some of the smaller church book sales, I suppose this one is more like a local one, a chance for the congregation to meet.
The Westmount Book Fair will take place on Saturday March 11th from 10:00 to 17:00 (it at a new location, Centre Greene at 1090 Greene Avenue (in the block below Dorchester. Of course Centre Greene will be having their own used book sale in April or May. I'm not sure why Dawson College, which had been the venue for a few years, isn't the venue this year. Admission is $3. This is not a used book sale in the sense of most that get listed here, this is a collection of used book dealers, I think they'd generally classifythemselves as "antiquarian booksellers", each with their own tables, bringing in a select number of books. They've already prowled the used book stores and such, this is what they've winnowed out.
I went a few years ago, when it was practically the next street over, just to see what it was like. A mix of old and not so old, these were selected books rather than a large quantity. One dealer was selling old maps, there were some old posters too, paper things that might be found when sorting through an old collection of books. Some of the tables were familiar, The Word was there, as was Peter Hechtman. These are the people who are likely to be able to find (or at least look for) something obscure, they know books. It wasn't crowded when I went, but these are the people to get to know if you're looking for something out of the ordinary. They know books, and network with other book dealers, and are likely out there at the book sales looking for this sort of book. Maybe I should see if they are interested in the bits of old newspaper I jsut dug out of a chest that hasn't seen daylight since at least 1947, but seems to have even older newspapers. One section doesn't even bother putting the year on the front cover.
The Club Radioamateur Laval Laurentides is having their annual fleamarket on Saturday March 25th at Georges-Vanier High School, 3995 Boulevard Levesque East, Laval. It runs from 9:00 to 12:00. The site has a map. Admission is $7.00, a table costs $10.
And like the other amateur radio fleamarkets I mention, this is a specialty thing, but people interested in hobby elkectronics or amateur radio might find something of interest here. I've never been to this one, and I'm not sure how accessible it is without a car, but usually there is lots of amateur radio equipment, but also used books and magazines about radio and hobby electronics, maybe computers, who knows. A chance to learn about amateur radio, one can even take the test for the license (though I don't know if one has to register for that ahead of time). If people can't get to this one, the Montreal Amateur Radio Club will be having their fleamarket in April, the listing below.
The Friends of the Pointe Claire Library are having their spring used book sale on Friday April 7th (14:00 to 20:00) and Saturday April 8th (9:00 to 15:00) at the actual library, which is at 100 Douglas Shand Avenue. For actual Friends members, they will have early access on the Friday from 11:00 to 13:00. I'm sure they want donations, I think they take them year around, taking any out that can go directly into library circulation.
One can take the 211 from Lionel Grioux, and get off at St. John's Blvd, less than an hour travel. Just walk up, it's not that far beyond the overpass. You get up the hill, see the firestation, and the library is just beyond that.
I've been a few times, it's mostly library discards, thus mostly hardcover. They have had a decent selection of CDs and DVDs, even some computer games, though those too seemed to be mostly library discards. I didn't see any magazines last spring. The discards seem to be in fairly good shape, not even much marking from the library. I think I can take it or leave it, not sure if I'll go this year. Probably depends on whether I get out there on the Friday.
St. Andrew's Church at 485 Birch Avenue (corner of Green) in St. Lambert will have a used book sale on Friday April 7th, 18:00 to 21:00, and Saturday April 8th, 9:30 to 13:30. I'm sure they want donations but don't know the process. They've had this in the past, but I've never been. A bit far for what I assume is a smaller booksale, but often conflict with other book sales.
The Friends of the Westmount Library (they've changed the URL again, I need to update that) are having their spring used book sale on Saturday April 8th and Sunday April 9th, both days 10:00 to 17:00, at Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke Street West, which is about the western end of Westmount Park. Basically just west of the Library. They want donations, they can be dropped off at the front desk at the library when it's open. They apparently take donations throughout the year (of course, they have another one in the fall, so it makes sense).
Note the greenhouse is still not open. In the fall of 2015, some glass fell and it was closed immediately, not even staff allowed in. And it took sometime to do a proper examination, by drone. They are working on how to rebuild it, but it will take time. So no chance to go into the humid atmosphere before or after the book sale, despite the greenhouse being right between Victoria Hall and the library.
I'm prone to skipping this one, too "upscale" and the prices are higher. I sample it every so often, and while I did find something completely uncommon three years ago, I can't say I generally see much that jumps out at me. A lot of "now" type books, most of the science fiction section two years was "Twilight" type books, and even the non-fantasy was mostly recent authors I've never heard of. For a long time, missing a book sale which I'd gone to previously would nag at me, "will I miss something", which of course is why I keep going to some. But the prices are too high at this one, and I don't see a lot of interest, though that is partly because of the pricing. It sure seems like the prices are higher "because people can afford it", something I remember from some other sales in Westmount. I can resist paying $3 for a DVD. On the other hand, I suspect they are getting at least some of the books that the McGill Book Faire used to get, this one has grown over the year, and even looks like McGill complete with volunteers wearing aprons.
As always, it's not a used book sale, but the Montreal Amateur Radio Club should be having their annual fleamarket (the website doesn't yet have details) on Saturday April 8th, from 9:00 to 12:00 at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #212 (LaSalle) which is at 7771 Bouvier (Corner of Shevchenko) in Lasalle. Admission is 5.00, official details are here (but as I write this in early March, they haven't update it). The club rents the space, then rents tables to individuals who have things to sell related to the hobby of amateur radio. I put it on the list because they are lousy at promotion, but it might be a place to find books and magazines about hobby electronics and radio, and if you're interested in that, then there may be parts or test equipment or whatever for sale. It depends on who is selling. At one point computer equipment was making inroads into this fleamarket, but I haven't been in years, so I don't know what all might appear. That Legion location seemed terribly small, but they moved there from a much nicer arena in CSL because the demand wasn't there a decade or more ago. I really should go and sample this one again, but often there is conflict with book sales.
The Summerlea United Church in Lachine is having their artisan and book sale on Saturday April 8th from 10:00 to 15:00 at 225-50th Ave. In the past they've had book sales, now it's morphed a bit, so like some others, I'm not sure how good a book sale this may be. I'm sure they want donations, not sure of the process.
The Beaconsfield Library will be having a spring used book sale on Friday April 21st, 18:00 to 20:00 and Saturday April 22nd from 8:30 to 14:00 at the actual library, which is at 303 Beaconsfield Blvd. Note that on Friday from 17:00 to 18:00 the sale is open for actual Friends of the Beaconsfield Library. This isn't hard to miss, there's a big sports complex there, and parking in front, with the library in a smaller building towards the west, closer to the street. The 211 bus stops right in front. They say mostly discards, with some donations, and some CDs, DVDs and magazines. I'm sure they want donations.
This one seems to vary, they have one in the fall too and that seems to have a larger and more interesting selection, but there often is no consistency to a book sale, one year good things, the next nothing much that I find. That's why going is important, you can't know until you get there whether there is something you want.
This isn't a book sale, but there will be a community garage sale on Saturday April 22nd 8:30 to 13:00 at the Beaconsfield Recreation Centre, which is just next to the library. Note: I wondered if this would happen after the Arena being closed for cleaning, but there was a classified ad in the Gazette on Friday the 21st for this event. It would be nice if someone had gone back to where they announce the event and added "yes, this is going on". I'm putting this in because it may be interesting in itself, I saw a fair number of DVDs up for sale last year, but since it's at the same time and about the same place as the Beaconsfield Library book sale, one might as well take in both. People rent tables from the city for a fee and then offer up their own stuff for sale. These seem to attract commercial dealers, but at least last year it was quite packed, so I think homeowners were there. A good cluster, and preceeding the weather for outdoor garage sales. Two years ago I didn't see that much I wanted, that portable shortwave radio was more than I was willing to spend, but I did get a 12X zoom 5mp digital camera for $20. In 2016, I got some interesting computer bits, for very little. And it drew a decent crowd. It's a good start to the garage sale season, happening a bit before the weather warms up for the outside sales. Though I guess those wills start up on the 29th, the warm weather arrives, unless it rains.
Extra:I'm seeing classified ads for some other "community" garage sales in Beaconsfield that day, which either reinforces the notion that the main one is still going on, or at least there are other things to take in if the main one is closed. Ecole Saint-Remi, 16 Neveu Avenue is having a "garage sale" where they rent out tables to individuals on Saturday April 22nd, from 8:30 to 12:30. It's in the gym, they are saying at least 25 families will have tables. And Christmas Park School at 422 Beaconsfield Blvd is having something that day too, I need to find details. Since the Library is at 303 Beaconsfield Blvd, this can't be too far away.
The Friends of the Dorval Library are having their annual used book sale on Wednesday April 26th (19:00 to 20:00), Thursday April 27 and Friday April 28th (13:00 to 20:00) and Saturday April 29th and Sunday April 30th (10:00 to 16:00 at the Peter B. Yeoman's Cultural Centre at 1401 Lakeshore Drive in Dorval. For members of the actual Friends group, they can get in on the Wednesday starting at 17:00. They want donations of "books, CDs, and DVDs" (well that was last years notice, I can't imagine it changing) and they can be dropped off at the cultural centre between 10:00 and 16:00 on the weekend of April 22 and 23. They are also looking for volunteers, "leave a note with the library staff".
I'm sure they'd sign you up as a Friend if you went early on the Wednesday with the fee, which is probably about ten dollars. One could think of it as an entry fee.
I've been to the past three or four sales, last year getting out there on the first day, and it turned out an hour was okay to get through it. I probably could have gotten in a tad earlier, nobody was checking at the door when I got there. They had a lot of CDs last year, and quite a few magazines, though unlike previous years, nothing jumped out at me from those sections, and a decent selection of DVDs, including some tv sets. I didn't get many books. I think there's a fair percentage of library discards, I ended up with a bunch of Dummies books two years ago. It's not far from the Dorval Gardens shopping Centre, and taking the 211 from Lionel Grioux takes about 20 minutes. Going early in the sale avoids clashing with other sales, one year three book sales were on the same day in mid-April.
Pricing in 2014 (that I can remember) (the prices were about the same in 2016): hardcover 2.00 or 3/5.00 large softcover 1.00 or 3/2.00 pocket paperbacks .75 or (I can't remember) magazines 25cents or 7/1.00 CDs 2.00 or 3/5.00 DVD 2.00 or 3/5.00 There was no price for VHS movies or music cassettes, but I think I got charged 25cents each, not certain. And some special books carried a higher price.
SInce I've seen a notice early, I'll put this here. The Concordia Coop Bookstore, 2150 Bishop, is having a book sale on Saturday April 29th and Sunday April 30th, 9:00 to 17:00 both days. All used books are half price. I've never been to one of these, but they have a few each year. I guess this is clear things out at the end of the term time.
Centre Greene will have their annual used book sale on Friday May 5th (10:00 to 19:00) and Saturday May 6th (9:00 to 14:00). The location is 1090 Greene Avenue in Westmount, which is just half a block below Dorchester (which still exists in Westmount). I gather this year they will also be selling seedlings, I think that includes vegetables. Kind of useful since it will be planting time a few weeks later, but most of the weekends in May are full of book or other sales. This is the same time as last year, staying in May rather than April. I'm not sure that's a good move, though since it starts on Friday I can take it in without missing garage sales. I always liked going at the beginning of April, when we'd start getting nicer days, and then out to the Montreal West United Church booksale later in the day. They'll take donations all year around, and I'm sure that includes CDs and DVDs as well as books, not sure about VHS movies, audio cassettes or magazines (which seem to have faded in recent years).
All book sales depend on what's donated, and this one seems to vary quite a bit from year to year. Sometimes I find quite a bit I want, other years, I bring home a fairly dismal selection. Every so often it seems like someone finds a box from way at the back of the closet, releasing some very interesting finds from decades ago. Though sometimes those old books suffer, broken spines because the glue has either dried out, or was a period of bad glue. If my note is correct, last year small paperbacks were 1.00, large paperbacks were 2.00 and hardcover were 3.00 (and a small table of selected books with higher prices). CDs and DVDs were a dollar each. Last year I found a bunch of CDs that I wanted, something that doesn't happen all the time, though they didn't actually have that large selection.
I went, getting there about noon on Friday. The usual number of books, maybe a bit more because there were boxes under the tables. I didn't see any DVDs or CDs, unlike last year when they had a good selection of CDs. A smaller section of pocket size paperbacks, maybe, though they have separated out the mysteries and the science fiction and the romance, so maybe it's about the same, but in more digestible sections. I got a few things, but nothing really out of the ordinary. They did have a section of books related to South Africa, so someone cleared out their collection.
The Montreal West United Church is having their annual "Book Browse Plus" on Saturday May 6th from 9:30 to 15:00 at 88 Ballantyne Avenue, which is right on the cusp between NDG and Montreal West, the church is up at the end of a long block from Sherbrooke Street. They definitely want donations of books, movies, CDs puzzles and "good magazines" (I always hope to find good magazines at book sale, of course "good" means the ones I will buy). This year the notice says donations can be left inside the church door any day or evening".
Note that this year, they've gone back to being the weekend before the St. Philip's sale, so it's not all mashed into one day. I liked it last year, but this does spread it out a bit. Traditionally the big Percival Street Sale was the first Saturday of May, but last year it came much later, and the year before about the third Saturday of May, so who knows.
I've gone to this one for years, though I liked it better when it opened on Friday evening and it was an excuse to get out early in the spring for a walk. It's so much easier to get to an evening sale early than one that starts early. The selection varies from year to year, but generally I find interesting things, though they no longer seem to have computer books. They do get library discards from somewhere, which makes up a good percentage of their hardcover books. There seems to be less non-fiction as time goes by, but that may reflect the way books have gone in recent times. Everything used to be published as pocket sized paperbacks, now that's relegated to fiction, and only bestsellers. This sale has increasinbly been a source of CDs and movies (on VHS and later DVDs), last year they had a number of tv shows on DVD, very cheap.
I think this was the pricing last year:
hardcover books or CDs
1.50 or 4/5.00
1.00 or 6/5.00
50cents or 10/5.00
art/coffee table books
4 or 3/10.00
VHS movies seemed to be 25cents each
The Cote des neiges Scouts are having a "giant" bazaar, and apparently have enough books to warrant a separate ad, on Saturday May 6th from 9:00 to 17:00 in the church basement at 5320 Cote des Neiges, which is at the cornger of Lacombre. They've had this in the past, but either not every year, or I miss the announcement some years. And it usually is the same day as other things, so I've never gotten to one, though maybe if the timing is right, I might get there tomorrow. Anyway, the ad for the bazaar is here while the ad relating to the books is here and I don't know why it's a different address for each, the church is supposed to be at 5320. And yes, I was very sluggish about getting this up.
I made a brief visit but I guess I wasn't in the mood, getting there about noon. The church is right next to the CDN metro station, which is very valuable information, that might have gotten me there in some previous year. It was quite packed, with people and things for sale. There did seem to be a big section of books, but at a glance, mostly French. They had a lot of DVD movies. A decent size table of electronics, but nothing for me, I wondered if there'd been good stuff at opening time. THey had a telescope for sale, but it wasn't really accessible, so I wasn't sure what it was, or the price, too bad, since I'm in the mood. Lots of clothes, and general household type items, and lots of Scouts in uniform selling things. Now that I have a better idea of what it's like, maybe next year I'll make a bigger effort, and get there earlier or in more of a mood to buy something.
The Verdun Hopsital volunteers are having a used book sale on Tuesday May 9th from 8:30 to 16:00 at 4000 Boul. Lasalle, which I assume is the hsoptial itself. An announcement is here. They've had these in the past, but again either not every year, or I miss the announcement some times. I've never been, so I don't know what it might be like.
The Ignatian Spirituality Centre, at 4567 West Broadway St. in NDG is having a yard sale on Friday May 12th and Saturday May 13th from 9:00 to 16:00 each day. "Rain or Shine". They are looking for donations of items to sell. This is a general sale, but I got "Smoke Signals" on VHS the first time I went, and last year got some good DVDs and some neat electronics (though if I'd gone on the Friday last year like I had planned, I think I'd have found some even more interesting things). I think they have books, but I can't remember. They have had book sales in the past. I'm looking forward to it this year, and hope to get there on the Friday.
St. Philips Church in Montreal West is having their annual used book sale on Saturday May 13th (not time yet announced, last year it was 9:00 to 14:00) at 7506 Sherbrooke street West, right on the cusp of where NDG turns into Montreal West. They are again combining this with their "garage sale" where individuals rent tables and sell their stuff (so maybe a bit too semi-professional, but it's a wide range of items offered up), and craft vendors. Oh, and the tradional bake sale that went with the book sale. Hence it's now called a "Sring Fair". So it's worth getting out there. I don't know what happens in case of rain, since they make use of the yard and the church hall. I know I've been to this book sale when it was raining, but that was before they added the outside garage sale element. Wait, I did go one year when it was combined, they jammed things inside if I recall properly. I'm sure they want donations of books and CDs and DVDs for the book sale, but I dont' see anything yet about the process. Their "webpage" has a note about the craft vending, for anyone looking for a venue.
The book sale seems to vary, two years ago I did well, getting some things I wanted. Last year just a few movies. But I also have skipped it some years, other places to be but also having gone out to Montreal West a couple of times by the Saturday of the book sale. Like some of the shorter church book sales, this one can be a more social event, especially with the baked goods. Combining the two makes sense, I think I wrote something about that before. They rent the tables (for $25 per table) and people then sell their own stuff. I think they get some donated items that the church sells off, last year I almost thought they brought out some of the book sale items. If it's nice, this one is nice with the tables outside. Though, like many of these "community garage sales" there seemed a level of "commercial" sellers, not outright stores, but people who take in more than of these, rather than people who have no yard to sell off their stuff before moving.
I'm not sure if this is technically the "Percival Street Sale" but there will be a cluster of garage sales in Montreal West on Saturday May 13th. There's an ad Neighbourhood Garage Sale with all the details I know, they say from 8am to 13:00. It doesn't specify "Percival Avenue", but most of the houses listed are on that street. Even a book sale at the Children's Library. The thing is, when it was organized as Percival Street Sale, they'd get a lot of the houses involved, if only to sell baked goods ane lemonade, but also people on adjacent streets would set up too. So likely there will be more than on this list (unless they add to the list). It can be quite dense, and lots of people going by foot, simply because it's their neighborhood. Last year it didn't happen till June, and it's moved around a bit, so hopefully this year will be a return to a lively event. but there's lots of reason to go out there, the St. Philip's sale, the Ignatius Centre sale, and a bunch of garage sales. Hopfully it will be dry and warming up, it's past time for the garage sales to start.
The St. James Anglican Church in Rosemere is having a used book sale, it's called a Book Fair this year, on Saturday May 13th from 10:00 to 14:00 at 328 Pine Street. Their website is still "under construction" so here's the ad I found, Book Fair at St James, Rosemere. They probably want donations but I don't know the process. They've had these for some time, though Ithink I have missed listing them sometimes.
The Friends of the Montreal Library will have their annual used book sale on Saturday May 20th through Sunday May 28th, I don't see times listed but last year it was 13:00 to 19:00 each day, at Arena Martin-Brodeur, 5300, boulevard Robert, in St. Leonard, apaprently next to the St. Leonard Library. Note this is a month later than it's been in the past, and the location is also new. On Friday May 19th from 17:00 to 21:00, there is an extra evening for actual Friends of the Library members, apparently you get an invitation. Maybe it is worth getting a membership ahead of time, treating it like paying to get early access to the selection (and one might think a less crowded visit).
(On a sidenote, the Grande Bibliotheque often/always has their own used book sale at the end of May, a smaller sale and I'll include it when I get the details). And I don't know if they'll shift the date to avoid conflict.
They say most of the books are discards from the library, though in the past they have actually accepted donations from the public during the sale (I don't think you have to sneak the books in). They make a note of saying the sale isn't for booksellers, which may be due to the books coming from the library, but which is interesting since as unfair as it sometimes seems to see book dealers at the used booksales, the groups generally like them since they buy in large quantities and that's good for a fundraiser.
They keep a page about the sale, here gives a lot of detail.I've never been, but this has been going on for some time, I think even longer than I was aware of it. The location had been constant to this year, but their page is constant, so it's easy to find the details, after I knew about the sale, and they are generally good about getting the date up early.
The Eleanor London Cote Saint-Luc Public Library is having a spring used book sale on Saturday, May 27th and Sunday May 28th, both days from 11:00 to 17:00 , at the library, 5851 Cavendish Blvd. in Cote Saint-Luc. I'm sure they want donations, but not sure of the process. Two years ago there was a notice about leaving books at the library the last two days before the sale, but I don't know if that holds this year, or what.
This is later than previous years, but will make a nice trip, and better spread out so I don't have to go to three book sales in one day. If I plan it right, I can get up there in half an hour taking the 104, though maybe that was when I went on a Sunday. The Library is about across from the Cavendish Mall. But it's a less frequent bus, so randomly waiting at the bus stop makes it a slow wait. I sadly spend less time with the books at this one, they have been having a good selecton of movies (on both VHS and DVD) and CDs, and it's right there as I go in. By the time I get through all of that, I'm worn down. But these don't seem to be library discards, or at least not in large quantity. They try to keep the paperback fiction in alphabetical order, but that wears down with the sale. I've done well getting movies at this one, the first year I went (only a few years ago) I bought about 30 VHS movies, a mix of recent and classic; fewer since then, but buying that many at a time tends to clear out a lot of interesting films for the next time. The number of DVDs has crept up, and they have endless CDs. Watch out though. Last year I came home with a foreign version of a movie, that I can't play, and another DVD box was empty. Not the fault of the sale, or even specific to any sale, but always worth double checking. They do have computer books (unlike some sales these days), and I've found some interesting things there, at least interesting to me. They do seem to have a lot of items for sale. It is worth going, and I regret never bothering up until I started to go a few years ago. It is a dim room, however. It seems quieter, but then I've not been at opening. At least this year I can go fresh, or at least after taking in some garage sales, instead of hopping between three book sales the same day.
In 2014 (and I think this held last fall), pocket size paperbacks were fifty cents, hard and large paperbacks were a dollar each. VHS movies were fifty cents, DVDs were a dollar, audio books (they had some) were 1.00. CDs were only fifty cents. "Special items" (presumably marked as such) were 5.00. Though I didn't notice any with the five dollar price.
Cote St. Luc is having it's annual "mega garage sale" on Sunday May 28th, from 10:00 to 15:00 (I'll double check the time closer to the event), in the Confederation Annex, behind the Arena. The city rents tables, and then people without yards can sell their accumulated stuff. I went the past two years, it seemed like many tables were semi-professionals, but who knows. Virtually no prices on anything, how are we supposed to know if something is within range if there are no prices? The CSL Library has had some books for sale, but this year they are having a full spring book sale the same weekend at the Library, sone one can take in both (though it means going twice up there for me, the book sale on Saturday, the garage sale on Sunday). There wasn't all that much unique, lost of children's toys and clothing and furniture. There were various books and movies and music sold from the tables. But since it's on a Sunday, it doesn't conflict with most garage sales. The 104 got me there in about half an hour, once the bus arrived, it even stops right at at the park. So actually it's a rather nice thing to do on a spring day, and it will be warm by then (though last year it rained). If you get there early, it can be taken in fairly fast, then the rest of the day for something else.
The Jewish Public Library is having a Mega used book sale on Sunday May 28th and Monday May 29th, 10:00 to 15:00 both days, at the Library, 5151 Cote St. Catherine Road. Prices start at $1.00. I'm sure they want donations but I haven't seen what's involved. The notice I got by email thanked the people who have donated material. But apparently these are mostly donated books, not library discards.
I don't know if they've been having these all along or not. I listed one some years back, and then did searches after that, until I forgot. So if they've been having this all along, I'm sorry, I simply wasn't seeing any notices. A notice I see later elsewhere points out that the 28th is Museum Day, and the Holocaust Museum is in about the same place. So a second reason to attend, one can look for the Anne Frank tree (a cutting of the tree outside the hiding place came to Montreal a few years ago, I haven't heard anything about its health since).
Les Amis de BAnQ are having their used book sale on Wednesday May 31st Saturday June 3rd, times to come later, and I assume in the hall of the Grande Bibliotehque, which is where it's been in the past. These are discards from the Library. I've never been. Prices do seem higher, but maybe that reflects the quality of the boks.
The SPCA Monteregie is having their annual used book sale on June 2nd (13:00 to 20:00) and Saturday June 3rd (10:00 to 18:00) at the Cynthia Coull Arena, 195 Empire Avenue (2nd floor) in Greenfield Park. Apparently near Churchill Boulevard. Note: this is back to their usual June date, though maybe a tad earlier in the month than traditionally. They want book donations, the poster on their website gives an email address to contact (though they also have drop off points listed, so it may be relatively easy to donate, but I'd check first). In the past they wanted "books, magazines, CDs. etc".
This one has been around for years, though I've never gotten to it, something else seeming to always happen the same weekend. I was sort of thinking of going last year on the Friday (no conflict then), but when it started to rain, I abandoned the project. I'm seeing comments from elsewhere that this may be a fairly good book sale. I should expand that. Most book sales are worth attending, and if this was nearby, I'd certainly have sampled it by now. But it's not, since I'm not likely to walk that far, it will mean two bus fares, so I find some reason to not go (and for many years, I was busy when this sale occurred). But the comments I've read make me curious, it sounds like it is worth attending, especially now when there is no conflict.
Goethe Institute is having a used book sale on Tuesday June 13th to Saturday June 17th, 11:00 to 15:00 each day, at their location, 1626 St. Lawrence Blvd, suite 100. This is a general sale of used books, not specifically German, though perhaps one might expect a good selection in that language. They say this is annual, this is the first time I noticed them having a book sale, though I obviously may have just missed the notice. This is all I know.
The Partners for the Benny Library are having their spring used book sale on Saturday June 17th, from 9:30 to 15:00. Note the library is now at 6400 Monkland, which I think is at the corner of Benny (so just further up from Sherbrooke). The raindate is Sunday June 18th. The notice says it's at "Benny Park", so maybe it's across the street? Last year, they had it behind the library, in a parking lot, but still nice with grass and trees surrounding. They are looking for donations, though this year they say "on the day of the sale".
Last June they skipped the sale (or maybe I never saw a notice?), I assume because of the move to the new library. There seemed to be more library discards than in the past, though oddly I got some interesting books, maybe a better selection than most times. It is a nice location, if the weather is nice. And they had the notice up at the start of June, when I checked again, which is nice. They had no price list up last fall, unlike the year before, but something seemed a bit different, in a good way, as if the pause of not having the spring sale made them make some changes. This year I'm looking forward to it, St. Ansgar's at 4020 Grand Boulevard is having their rummage sale the same day, 10:00 to 15:00, so there's double reason to get out that way. Wait, the Native Women's SHelter is having a fundraising walk that day, that's a conflict.
St. Martin's House is having a used book sale Saturday July 8th from 9:30 to 12:00 at 221 Prince Edward Avenue in Otterburn Park. They seem to have these fairly frequently, I'm not sure if it's monthly but they had one in May and June and will have another in August. The announcement said these will be mostly English language books, but some French language ones. I've yet to find a webpage, so I find annuncements at third party sites, and sometimes miss them. I'm sure they want donations but I've never seen any process about that. I know nothing more.
The Atwater Library is having a used book sale on Tuesday July 11th, from 10:00 to 15:00, the library being at 1200 Atwater Avenue (just below St. Catherine Street). This will be out on the lawn, no word on what happens if it rains. I guess they've dropped the BBQ aspect of this summer sale, since no mention of it and there wasn't a BBQ last summer. They probably want donations but they take them throughout the year.
I went last year, and it was a really nice day, a chance to be out but a bit of cooling from the grass and the trees on the lawn. I found some stuff I wanted, some things I wanted duplicates of, some things to read immediately, a few other things. They did have a decent selection of pocket paperbacks, and there were CDs but nothing I wanted. They even had some chairs for people to sit and peruse the books. I'd take the dog, but his attention span is short. There was a decent size crowd considering it was close to closing time, and mid-afternoon on a summer weekday. I suppose if I got there at the start, rather than close to the 3pm finish, I might have found more things I wanted.
The Pettes Memorial Library in Knowlton will have their annual used book sale on Saturday July 15 (8:00 to 16:00) and Sunday July 16th (10:00 to 15:00) on the lawn of the library, which is at 278 Knowlton Road. They set up tents, so there is no rain date. I don't yet see a notice at their website, but other sources give the date. They want donations, the website says they can be dropped off at the library during opening hours. But they won't want encyclopedias, National Geographics, or school text books.
This would make a nice day trip, take in Knowlton at the same time, though the Knowlton Literary Festival or whatever it's called now no longer coincides, having moved to the fall a few years back.
I've never been, a bit too far, though there was a window a few years back when I was sort of offered a ride, but I guess I wasn't enthusiastic enough. It would be a great target to get out of town, walk around the rest of the day until the ride home. Go for a dip in the lake even. I think they may get a good quantity of books, but that's only a guess.
The South Shore University Women's Club will have their annual used book sale on Wednesday August 9th through Saturday August 12th, the first three days being open from 17:00 to 21:00, while on the Saturday the hours are 9:00 to 15:00, at the St. Barnabas Memorial Hall, 95 Lorne Ave, St. Lambert. This now seems to be the permanent location, it's been there for a good number of years, after being kind of nomadic. I walk there from the Longueil Metro in about 30 or 45 minutes, a nice walk if the weather is nice. It's faster since the construction at the metro station is over, I used to waste so much time finding my way out of there. It's their 43rd, just a few years shorter than the McGill Book Fair. They want donations, their website has the details.
This is better now that they have a website, it's easier to find than some notice tacked somewhere on the web, and they can put this information up early. The beginning of May is way earlier than I used to find information about the sale (and sometimes the call for donations came out without including the date for the sale, so I'd be waiting till August to know the exact date).
I've gone for a number of years, maybe it's ten now, but I seem to skip it every so often. I find some excuse. Unlike many of the other sales, it's not in walking range, so even before the sale it will cost me 6.50. On the other hand, it's an excuse to get off the island, and while I've found anything really great, I've come home pleased a number of times. I take the Metro and then walk the rest of the way, then back. It all seems to close down over there pretty early om the evening, coming back I don't see much open. Obviously if you live over there, it's a more significant book sale.
St. Martin's House is having a used book sale Saturday August 12th from 9:30 to 12:00 at 221 Prince Edward Avenue in Otterburn Park. The announcement said these will be mostly English language books, but some French language ones. I've yet to find a webpage, so I find annuncements at third party sites, and sometimes miss them. I'm sure they want donations but I've never seen any process about that. They have them frequently, but I'm not sure if they are monthly. I know nothing more.
This is tentative, but I think there will be a book sale in Dorval on August 12th and probably 11th too. For some years, the Dorval Scouts have had a book sale in later August, usually in conjunction with "Dorval Celebrates". Last year I saw no notice, so I have no idea if they didn't have the sale, or I just didn't see a notice. At the end of May, the "Dorval Celebrates" page says there will be a book sale (though not mentioning the Scouts) so I think it's safe. The Scouts had it on the Saturday and Sunday, Dorval Celebrates is only on the Sunday. So this is tentative, I hope to find better information closer to the date, it has been held at the Peter B. Yeoman's Cultural Centre in the past. I assume the Scouts or whatever group doing this wants donations but I've never seen any information about it. It can make a nice trip "out of the city".
The Deux Montagnes Lions Club has long had a used book sale in October. THe date for 2017 is the weekend of October 21-22, with full details coming later. They have been collecting donations since January, so it's an option for people moving and needing to get rid of books.
The CBC's Cross Country Checkup is having their annual summer book show on Sunday July 2nd, starting at 4pm EDT. A chance to hear other people's suggestions, a chance to phone in and suggest things. These shows seem to have become less frequent with time, I didn't notice one around Christmas.
Remember, the Gazette no longer publishes a list of non-profit events, so groups are going to have to work harder to be visible.
I did get to the Benny Library book sale on June 17th, actually about 11am, which is early for me. For some reason, there hasn't been a blossoming of garage sales this year, so instead of Benny being the tale end of things, there wasn't much on the way so I got there faster. It wsa in the park across the street, so it was more like when the library wsa in the old location. Lots of picnic tables, lots of people, and price lists, but I saw nothing I wanted. Maybe I wasn't in the mood, I should have gotten that book about Charlie Parker. It turned out to be a hot and humid day, but no rain. Next two weeks are holiday weekends, and then the garage sales turn from 'we have to get rid of stuff before we move" to "let's see if we can get rid of some of the trinkets over the mantle", and the number of garage sales drops off. Though this year it didn't seem to peak. Someone had a sale that hadn't been advertised, but a good location on Sherbrooke street for passersby, and there wasn't anything in that bin of DVDs that I wanted, but a stray "netbook" that I ended up getting for $20, more like a small laptop than a netbook (that craze didn't last long), so maybe this is the one to load with National Geographic and Rolling Stone and the various CD encyclopedias I've brought home. Someone at a garage sale a couple of years ago had the complete Mad Magazine set on CD, but no price so I imagined the worst. Make it a dedicated machine for this purpose.
And on June 17th, I noticed the newspaper box was back outside the "coop" in NDG, the one placed there for people to leave books they didn't want. I'd mentioned previously they had disappeared without fanfare, and now this one is back, apparently refurbished. I assume they are back in the other locations, but it may take some time before I get to check. So now it's safe to unload books and DVDs this way, the box is back.
It's now June 21st, and having found a notice for the Atwater Library Lawn sale, I think I have all the summer book sales up. I'm still looking for specifics about the Dorval sale in mid-August, hopefully closer to the date something more concrete will be found. St. Barnabas Church in St. Lambert has had a used book sale in later August, sometimes coinciding with the "St. Lambert Days", but while it's pencilled in, I don't see a specific date yet. I can't think of anything else. Wait, I suppose Welch's might have a $1.00 sale at some point, though those seem to have become less frequent over the years.
I've lost track, some of the animal groups may have fundraisers, I know I stumbled on one on May 27th in NDG. But, Moustache/Whiskers cat rescue again has a series of sales scheduled, though on Sundays, outside the natural food store on Monkland Ave in NDG, the list is at their website, I'm sure they want donations. Sometimes there are books, but it's a general sale, I know I stumbled on one last year and found a few things of interest.
I forgot, but the Bookseller's Alley behind the BanQ opened on Victoria Day weekend. An official announcement is here. Every Friday through Sunday, from May 19th through October 8th, on Savoie on the west side of the library. Fridays and Saturdays 12:00 to 22:00 and Sundays from 12:00 to 18:00. They say there are four booksellers operating there this summer.
I got to the Dorval Library book sale right at the opening, lots of books. Oddly, they dedicate one small table for pocket size paperbacks (and it's a jumble of fiction and some non-fiction), but they had boxes of the books underneath. It was quite busy. They had a few VHS movies, but not many. But a lot of CDs, mostly library discards (including some I wanted) and a fair number of DVD movies, but mostly library discards. I hope this reflects a move to digital files rather than CDs and DVDs, since some of the discards were great. I got the DA Pennebaker film about Bob Dylan, "Don't Look Back", and a Lightnin' Hopkins CD, oddly someone I'd never heard before, despite his nickname, more country blues than some really fast blues. Both were library discards, things I'd want to find at the library, so hopefully they weren't culled because of underuse. Though, when a library discards books through a book sale, sometimes it's easy to see that in a few years of being in the library, they weren't taken out much. Kind of sad, and you'd think there'd be some process to make sure adding them had long term value. I also lost a magazine and book I picked up, from putting my pile down and then leaving some behind. THen at the Montreal West United Church book sale, I ended up with a couple of items I hadn't chosen, though caught before I paid. It's happened before, something to watch.
I found four more Tom Swift Jr books, actually not realizing they were them because they were the earlier format. I wonder if they'd been there and I'n not noticed, or worse, that there were more and I missed them. Two of them I had as a kid, and I'm glad to get those specific volumes back, but two I've never read, so that's something to look forward to, not that they take much time to read. I know I never bought them in order, but I'm not sure what criteria I used to pick them. The cover, of course, but I would think the gadget in the title would matter too. And for some reason, most of the volumes I had were from earlier in the series. So I never read the one about the repelatron Skyway. But they were either all published by the time I read them, or just a few at the end were current with my time buying them, so I don't know why I didn't buy the later ones, maybe they just weren't readily available (I know the Classics in Westmount Square was the most available bookstore for me when I was a kid). As I look at the list, I also realize I didn't have as many of the set as I thought, though my memory says I had a decent selection. But I'm only certain of nine, it's hard to tell from the covers since I certainly looked them over a lot back then, but I can't really tell from the contents, I either forgot or I never had them. Though I do remember some, and that's the nine.
It was months ago now, but I was in Encore Books in NDG a few days before Christmas, buying a Hardy Boys book for "lite Christmas reading", and for some reason glanced at the comic books. And almost immediately saw one I remember. A 25cent "giant" issue, full of stories about Kryptonite, including the one where Superman turns into a giant ant-man. And it was only $1.00, I figure a mistake so I put it back, then take it out again. I even point it out at the cash, but I got it for a dollar. I guess the minor tear on the cover accounts for the price. I don't remember any of the stories inside, but I sure remember that cover. From May of 1970, right before I got interested in electronics and my spending money went to hobby electronic magazines rather than comic books. Maybe it's the very copy I had, given away when I thought I was "too old" for comic books. I assume some of the other comic books there were of the same vintage, but more expensive. What memories, right down to a mention of Superboy's closet of curiosities or whatever it was, a prelude to Superman's intriguing museum in the Fortress of Solitude. And the winter hibernation has meant I've yet to get out past Encore since. But it's warming up, and spring isn't too far off.
I found another relative, though I'm not sure yet of the exact relationship. I was searching for something, and found a book review. She was an archivist at UBC, and this was her memoirs, published last year. Her great, great uncle was James Ross, so she can't be far off. Odd, her name is Laurenda Daniells, the only time I've seen that first name is Laurenda Bannatyne, who my great great grandfather married after Henrietta died. I don't think they had children, but clearly the name must derive from her. This all turned up in a search at the end of February, and then the obituary turns up, she died in January. A bit more searching shows that Sarah Margaret Black, Henrietta's daughter and sister to my great grandfather William Ross Black, married Frederick Francis, though I'm not sure which of the children is ancestor to Laurenda. But that might explain one family mystery, I thought my father's middle name was "Francis", so this is probably where it comes from. And a bit later I find someone else with the same ancestors, who is more interesting.
There's a Little Free Library outside St. Ansgar Lutheran Church, 4020 Grand (a short block up from Sherbrooke Street) in NDG. It wasn't there in November, I don't know when it went up. There's another one at 2353 Clifton (below Sherbrooke), at least there was last year, I've not checked recently. And of course, in NDG there are old Mirror newspaper boxes set up for the same sort of thing, leave books and take books, I've only see three. One outside the Vendome Metro station, one at the corner of Marcil and Monkland (the lower east side) and outside that Coop near Melrose on Sherbrooke Street).
The Bimetallic Question. ie the local Sherlock Holmes Club, has their next bimonthly meeting Thursday August 3rd, 2017 at 18:30 in the Westmount Room of the Westmount Library.
If anyone is selling books at garage sales this season, heed the words of one "missed connection" from last fall:
To the very cute guy having a yardsale today on st Urbain...
Your selection of books sucked though.