Hi there and welcome to my blog! I hope everyone enjoyed their Valentines Day with their love ones and friends. My husband and I decided to celebrate Valentines by attending the biggest book sale of the year – The Big Bad Wolf Sale. Being a bookworm, this is one the best treats that my loving husband has gifted me. He knows how crazy I am when I am surrounded with such sheer number of books. With the advent of e-books (which took me a while to get used to), browsing reading materials and being able to smell the paper (lol) makes my heart beat a lot faster in excitement.
According to their Facebook page, the Big Bad Wolf (BBW) is a Malaysian book fair frequently held in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and Sri Lanka. The books were from BookXcess, a book store dealing with surplus reading materials from book distributors. The prices are marked down significantly from 50%-90%.
It has a wide range of book genres from children’s books, non-fiction, fiction novels, comics, literature, history, religion, young-adult , hobbies, arts and crafts, architecture, fashion music and reference books. Book sales as big as this one is not only a blessing to book worms like me but also to schools and other educational institutions who take this opportunity to add more to their book selections at an affordable price. The sale last for a week – 24/7 – to give more time for people to drop by.
This is their third year in the Philippines and my family and I has never failed to attend since 2018. (Yes! even the N-Cov 2019 virus did not stop me from skipping this year’s sale). It was once again held at the World Trade Centre in Pasay City, Philippines. Good thing BBW always announce their sale a month before so I was given ample time to save. Just a heads up, make sure to set a budget for your shopping spree. The books are so cheap that you will end up grabbing as many books you like and you will surely burn money beyond your budget. Major credit and debit cards are accepted and the admission is free!
This year’s book haul are mostly children’s books. Although my husband went gaga over the enormous selection of Marvel and DC comics at a very affordable price, we decided to purchase more children’s books for our daughter. I was able to score a complete set of Harry Potter, British Edition. This book set has evaded me for years, and now I was finally able to score one big time. I want my daughter to experience the same thrill and excitement when I first read this several years ago. The Harry Potter books need no introduction. It is the most successful children’s literary piece ever even adults has enjoyed reading it.
My daughter also picked a set of R.L Stine Goosebump books. (Yes! she likes horror stories) and several collection of Enid Blyton books. Enid Blyton was an English children’s book writer. She wrote a lot of books during the 50s and 60s. We purchased the Famous Five and Secret Seven mystery book series.
We also purchased Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There, a novel by Lewis Carroll, the sequel to Alice’s Adventure’s in Wonderland and Miles Kelly’s 10-Minute Stories which is a collection of famous tales with wonderful illustrations, shortened so that they only take 10 minutes to read.
As for me, since all my energy has been drained following my daughter around browsing for books, I settled for these goodies to relax myself after a mundane day at work.
Attending book sales are so much fun. It does not come cheap but it’s a different way to bond with family!
For those who wants to drop by the sale, here are some things you might want to consider:
- Plan your visit. There are more shoppers in the wee hours of the morning. People think that there won’t be much shoppers during these ungodly hours, but little that they know that a lot of people are thinking the same way, so they all end up going there at these times. We went there at 9am in the morning and there was hardly any line in the entrance. You can moon walk your way in. My daughter was even doing a pirouette on her way to the entrance.
- Security is tight. You will be passing several security inspections.
- They do not have plastic bags although they sell eco-bags for 20 pesos. To save more money, you may want to bring your own eco or tote bag. Since books are heavy, some enthusiastic buyers bring luggage with trolleys. This is even encouraged.
- Set a budget and stick to it! I know it is easier said than done, but try to resist the temptation in spending beyond your budget. You can bring a companion to remind you not to over do it. I have my husband to remind me that! lol
- Since the venue is enormous, make sure to wear comfortable clothes and walking shoes. Everybody is too busy browsing books so no one will notice you in your Jimmy Choo!
- Brace yourself for a long queue in the payment section.
- Food and drinks are not allowed inside. Make sure to empty your bladder first and take a full meal before shopping.
- The prices ranges from 160-190 for paperback novels in the fiction, crime/thriller, young adult and children’s sections. They have great selections of children’s books. The cheapest hardbound book I have come across cost 230 pesos. They also have activity books and toys for kids, stickers and reference books in Math, Science, English and History.
- They have quite an extensive selection of hobbies, arts and crafts, cooking and baking. They have books for knitting, beading, cross-stitch, card-making, adult-coloring. The cheapest I bought cost 100 pesos.
- If you like a book but you haven’t decided whether to purchase it, just put in your cart and decide later once you’re done. The venue is vast. It’s difficult to go back at the other end of the huge building just for one book. There are empty carts in the hallway where you can sort and decide which books you really want to purchase. Make sure to put those excess books on those empty carts instead of just randomly placing them back on tables. This will also help the assistants in returning the books in their respective isles or genres.
- Lastly, you are there to have fun along with other people who share the same enthusiasm as you do. The place is spacious, but accidents will happen and bumping into other people’s carts cannot be avoided. Just say sorry and be nice.
Thank you for taking the time to read. I hope this helps those who may want to attend the book sale. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did and happy hoarding! See you next time!