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Workshop: How to Downsize Your Book Collection

At Love Vintage Books, we often get approached by people who are looking to reduce their collection of books but don't know where to start. In July we're holding a set of workshops that will help participants develop the steps of a book colllection downsizing plan. 

These workshops are designed for those who are feeling overwhelmed by a collection of books they don’t know what to do with, belonging to themselves or someone else. It is common, that procrastination sets in together with doubts about value and concerns about adding “good books” to recycling or landfill.

By attending a workshop in “book collection downsizing” at Love Vintage Books participants will be able to confidently and systematically go through a collection and feel satisfied they have given the collection the recognition and consideration it deserves.

        In addition participants will:

  • Learn some secrets of the old book trade
  • Be able to identify books of potential value
  • Appreciate the current climate of old bookselling in Australia
  • Be guided in how to offer their unwanted books for sale
  • Receive suggestions for welcome homes for their unwanted books

Next Workshop Dates and Time

Workshops are taking place at Love Vintage Books 563 Willoughby Road, Willoughby in the last week of July at these times:

  • Tuesday morning 6th February ( 10.30am - 12.30pm )
  • Thursday morning 8th February ( 10.30am - 12.30pm )

The fee is $27.50 inc gst (per head) and includes light refreshments and Love Vintage Book’s opinion on two books that participants have brought with them.

Reserve your place by emailing today. 

Looking forward to seeing you there.

Posted on July 3, 2017 and filed under Book Collecting Tips.

Collecting Books for Fun

Interested in collecting old and rare books but don’t know where to start?

The following points may be helpful. 

Collect an author whose books you enjoy reading

Part of the pleasure of possessing a collection is being able to pick up a particular book at any time or just “dip in”. If the author’s books were published in the last seventy years or so it is possible to acquire first editions. Some writers have become very collectable so expense may be an issue but others are not and it is possible to build a collection with modest means.

Collect books about something you enjoy

If you have a hobby or interest it would make sense to collect in that subject area. No doubt there would be differing points of view about the subject that have been published over a number of years. By referring to such a collection expertise would grow. It is also possible such a collection will increase in value.

Collect books about a popular or trending topic

If neither of the above apply consider areas in which enthusiasts already collect. Some collect different editions of the same title eg: Pride and Prejudice, Don Qixote and Alice in Wonderland; others by publisher eg; Adams and Black, Blackie and Son and still others by illustrator eg; Dulac or Rackham. Style of binding is popular too, perhaps leather with all edges gilt.

Popular subject areas include: natural history, shipping and railways, WWI, philosophy, arms and Armour, cricket, the American Civil War, children’s annuals and so on. Notable figures from the past also feature, particularly Winston Churchill and Napoleon.  Popular areas for Australian collectors include: James Cook, exploration, local history, the colonial period, bush-ranging and the gold rushes.

Also think about collecting:

Mini Books

Still other collectors have a passion for miniature books (less than 7cm in height) or ephemera (printed items not in book form: pamphlets, letters  etc)

Every Title in a Series

Finally there is the satisfaction of collecting all the titles in a series eg: the first thousand Penguins or all the Saturday books.

Some recommended references are: The Book Collector’s Fact Book by Margaret Haller; A Primer of Book Collecting by John Winterich and; ABC For Book Collectors by John Carter. 

We also talk about collecting Australiana here and Cricket Books here and collecting the classics here.

Whatever you decide to collect, it is wise to buy only books in very good condition or better. This applies both to the dustwrapper and the book itself. Start by looking at the books in our online database. Happy collecting. 

Posted on March 29, 2017 and filed under Book Collecting Tips.

Popular Collecting Areas - Cricket Books

It is pleasing to note the increased media coverage being given to The Australian Women's Cricket Team. However I doubt the number of books written about women's cricket will ever equal the number about men's. The first to be published could well become very collectible.

In the meantime, vintage cricket books - those that describe first class matches before the age of widespread TV coverage - are still popular with collectors, as are Wisdens, ABC Cricket Books and signed biographies and autobiographies.

Example of Cricketing Ephemera Available At Love Vintage Books Willoughby

Example of Cricketing Ephemera Available At Love Vintage Books Willoughby

This Week in the Book Shop - Sydney's Garage Sale Trail

Residents of Willoughby must be getting ready for Sydney's Garage Sale Trail this coming weekend.  I know this because I have been inundated with the question "Do you buy books?" usually asked in a sheepish but determined manner. I am doing my best not to scream back in a manner after "Black Books": "of course I do, the books don't drop from heaven onto the shelves"; but instead, to explain my book buying policy and what I am interested in purchasing.

For those trolling garage sales for resaleable books, a reliable indicator of value (for hardcover books) is dimension. Simply, the larger the book is in width and height, the less valuable it is. Naturally there are exceptions...rare book selling is not an exact science.


Posted on October 24, 2014 and filed under Book Collecting Tips.

When is a Book a 'Vintage' Book?

As the name implies “Love Vintage Books” sells vintage books. But what is a vintage book?

If we mean the term “vintage” to refer to part of our childhood, the shop can be said to take the widest possible view of the term as it stocks books from the mid 19thC until the late 20thC and all these books were part of someone’s childhood at some stage.

In the media, the term is commonly associated with the 1950s and 1960s, those decades when the baby boomers were children. "Love Vintage Books" has many collectible and rare books from these decades.

Carefully arranged stock at Love Vintage Books Willoughby.

Wine lovers associate the term “vintage” to mean quality with age.  Well, I like to think this description applies to all the books at "Love Vintage Books".

Posted on September 18, 2014 and filed under Book Collecting Tips.