(UPDATED 10/4/2022) Description and review of the Sacramento Antiquarian Book Fair, held bi-annually at the Scottish Rite Temple in East Sacramento. NEW: See “Update” below for date and time of the Fall event.
Saturday was a beautiful spring day. Early that afternoon, I stopped by the Antiquarian Book Fair to wander the aisles and check out the offerings. The event is held in the Spring and the Fall.
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The Antiquarian Book Fair offers more than just thousands of rare and collectible books. You will also find old maps, photos, postcards, cookbooks and other fascinating items.
The Scottish Rite Temple has a huge parking lot, so parking was not a problem. As I approached the building, I was one of several people heading in that direction. I observed about six people leaving at the same time – with bags full of books and other items.
I was not looking for anything in particular, nor really intending to make a purchase, but then you never know what treasure you may find and cannot live without!
A number of the 60+ exhibitors also are also open to buying certain items to add to their inventory. This is something I may check out in the future – maybe at the Fall event.
There are bargains to be had at the Antiquarian Book Fair. A number of the vendors have separate “bargain” tables of, for example, $5 books. I also noticed that the Friends of the Sacramento Library were likewise offering a large inventory of assorted books for sale.
There were a number of people browsing the aisles while I was there, but it was not crowded. It was just perfect as far as I was concerned. Earlier that morning it had been quite crowded, I was told.
To Sum Up
To sum up, the Fair is a “must go to” event for collectors of all stripes. However, for those of us who are not, attending the Fair is an enjoyable way to spend an hour or two checking out the offerings and chatting with the vendors.
See related blog post: Annual Events in Sacramento
(10/4/2022) The Fall Antiquarian Book Fair will be held on Saturday, October 15 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. See the Snapshot below for location, etc.
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Antiquarian Book Fair Snapshot:
- Scottish Rite Temple, 6151 H Street, Sacramento, CA 95819
- Admission $5
- Large Parking Lot/Free Parking
- Food & Beverages Available
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