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Monday, 12 August 2013

The Warehouse Sale...

I have wanted to go to the Exclusive Books Warehouse sale ever since they started having them. It was never really a practical desire – but then dreams are hardly ever practical, are they. As fate would have it my life changed in 2013, with me relocating to the Western Cape; this of course had very little bearing on my desire to go to a Warehouse Sale, because they were usually just in Johannesburg. Again fate intervened, so lo and behold – 2013 became a year with a Warehouse 

Sale in the Western Cape too! It was destiny. It was serendipity. I had to go. And go I did.
I am very fortunate to work with some bookish folk; even more fortunate is that I share my office with Lara who understood the awesomeness of a warehouse sale where books were going for R50 a kilogram. R50/kg folks! That is like the bargain of the century. In this day and age where you don’t get any of the books that you really want for less than R120 a pop books at R50/kg is an absolute steal and you are a complete fool if you have the opportunity to go but don’t. But I digress.

Lara and I decided that we would feed our book loving souls by going to the Warehouse Sale. Neither of us knew where exactly this warehouse was, so we resorted to trusty old Google Maps for directions – we printed out 3 different sets in case things started to look familiar along the way. What an adventure we had with those 3 sets of directions. Do note folks, Google Maps doesn’t always give the simplest route – we went in a rather round-about way – heading through Athlone and past some rather nefarious areas – when really it would have been easier had we just gone to the airport and found our way from there. We did not lament this though, as it just makes for a more interesting story.

Finally we found Koets Street after taking the wrong turn at a round-about. Our spirits soared as we saw that we were at the right place as there were signs about the ridiculous bargain of books at R50/kg. When we stepped into the warehouse we were like kids in a candy store. An entire warehouse filled with tables full of books for us to go through and find some hidden gems. It was Nirvana! How wonderful it was to be surrounded by so many other bookish folk with the same intentions. How bad it was for anyone on a tight budget, but how wonderful it was to have thousands, yes THOUSANDS of books to choose from! It was a dream come true!!!

I could go on and on and on about the experience, but I would rather show you what I got, and urge you to go and check out the Warehouse Sale if you can because it is like Christmas for all bookworms.

And now, for the goodies that I got:

Audio Books:
-          Skulduggery Pleasant-Death Bringer – Derek Landy
-          As you Do – Richard Hammond
-          Drama –John Lithgow (so what if I am not an actor – you cannot help but love John Lithgow!)
-          The Infinities – John Banville
-          The Prince of Mist – Carlos Ruiz Zafon (narrated by the lovely Dan Stevens who we all know best as cousin Matthew on Downton Abbey)

Rocking books:
The British Invasion – Barry Mills
Rock – an illustrated history of artists and sounds
The Monster Book of Sex, Drugs & Rock ‘n’ Roll
Not very many people know that I am doing a course on the History of Rock through Coursera, so finding these books was just fate!

The Classics:

  • The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
  • The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck (after reading ‘Of Mice and Men’ I’ve been meaning to get a copy of this one)
  • Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
  • The Doll – Daphne du Maurier (absolutely adored Rebecca so have to get more du Maurier books)
  • The Madness of Nero – Tacitus
  • The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
  • Farewell Summer – Ray Bradbury
  • On Living and Dying Well – Cicero
  • Five Children and It – E. Nesbit

Penguin English Library:

  • The Confidence Man – and Billy Budd, Sailor – Herman Melville
  • Barchester Towers – Anthony Trollope
  • The Way of the Flesh – Samuel Butler
  • Daisy Miller and the Turn of the Screw – Henry James
  • The Warden – Anthony Trollope
  • The Mayor of Casterbridge – Thomas Hardy
  • The Scarlet Letter – Nathaniel Hawthorne
  •  The Murder on Rue Morgue and Other Tales – Edgar Allan Poe
  • Fromley Parsonage – Anthony Trollope
  • The Old Curiosity Shop – Charles Dickens
I really got a lot of Trollope books, have read about him on Allie’s blog and on Delaise’s blog – so when I saw these beauties on the sale table I had to have them.


  • The Casual Vacancy – J.K. Rowling
  • Bowie – Marc Spitz ( this just had to be fate because I dreamt about Ziggy Stardust the other week)
  • 30 Nights in Amsterdam – Etienne van Heerden
  • Oh Dear Silvia – Dawn French (the other half of the genius behind Absolutely Fabulous – I obviously HAD to have this one!)

  • Hallelujah the Welcome Table – Maya Angelou
  • Diabolical – Cynthia Leitich Smith
  • Vanished Years – Rupert Everett
  • Ragnarok – A.S. Byatt
  • Pegasus – Robyn McKinley
  • Wake – Amanda Hocking
  • Fifty Sheds of Grey
  • Hidden – P.C. and Kristin Cast
  • Code Name Verity – Elizabeth Wein
  • Beatrice and Vergil – Yann Martel
  • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close – Jonathan Safran Foer
  • Bubbles – Rahla Xenopoulos
  • The Science of Kissing – Sheril Kirshenbaum
  • James May’s Man Lab – James May
  •  Wouldn't Take Nothing for my Journey Now – Maya Angelou
  •      Between a Heart and a Rock Place – Pat Benetar
  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone – Laini Taylor
  • The Paris Wife – Paula McLain
  • How to Keep a Boy as a Pet – Diana Messidoro
  • The Vintage Teacup Club – Vanessa Greene
  • Blue Monday – Nicci French

These should keep me enthralled for a long time to come. I've already finished two of the books that I got at the Warehouse Sale. I am now putting myself on a book buying ban, because I truly have a book buying problem.

Did you manage to go to the Warehouse Sale? If you did what did you get? If you haven’t yet, are you planning on going?


  1. What an absolute fantastic haul! Enjoy all your books :)


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