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Popup Bookshop closing

The Central Market Arcade is being redeveloped, meaning we must make way for the bulldozers at the end of June. And whilst, like a phoenix, our sister store (Orchard Bookshop) looks set to rise from the rubble and set up elsewhere in the CBD (to be revealed shortly), Adelaide’s Pop-Up Bookshop will cease to have a bricks & mortar location.
Over the past few years, we have used our Popup Bookshop profile to establish a community book room which has provided thousands of people with the opportunity to sample a truly diverse range of books.
We recognise this has been a source of great joy & comfort to so many members of our community – especially those in lower socio-economic groups who have felt safe and welcome in this literary space – & we are greatly saddened by the fact that we will no longer be able to provide this service.
We will still be trading into May and there are many books available for $1each plus our other assortment of sale stock & oddments.
So please try to take advantage of this small window of time before we do go gentle into that good night. xoxo N&K
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Not Closing, Just Changing

We’ve spent the last 12 years refining a bookshop EXPERIENCE we believe is unlike any other. Unfortunately, in the space of a few days, our world has been turned upside-down, like it has for most of you as well. We are now prohibited from providing an experience and, to be honest, our business model didn’t factor in pandemics.

HOWEVER… our particular industry has been subjected to various degrees of disruption throughout our career so we’re already adapting by creating a bookshop SERVICE we believe is unlike any other!

Head over to the Your Pick page for all the details – let’s not allow a little virus to get in the way of a good story…

xoxo

N&K

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Online Book Auction – May 11, 2019

As we continue to find new ways to connect booklovers with amazing books, we’ve teamed up with online art auction site Invaluable.com to launch our inaugural Online Book Auction. Titled Literary Curators: Modern Firsts, Art, Australiana, Signed Books, Etc. this auction consists of 155 lots, including many signed books and not one but TWO of only 506 first edition printings of The Colour Of Magic – the first book in the blockbuster Discworld series by Sir Terry Pratchett.

The auction is a varied one with Australian Art and Exploration well represented, fine bindings and antiquarian books plus numerous rarities. However, the main interest has been in the many modern first editions and signed books so be sure to place your bids! Signatures include JK Rowling, Allen Ginsberg, JM Coetzee & HG Wells whilst special editions of To Kill A Mockingbird, Catch-22, A Moveable Feast, Cat’s Cradle and Suttree are on offer.

This auction will be open until 7pm, Saturday 11 May (Australian Central Time) when lots will end at one-minute increments. This is an online-only auction so place your bids now to ensure you don’t miss out! [click here to go straight to auction catalogue]

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2019 Book Sale

Thurs 10th to Sat 12th of January

From 9am at our Central Market store (formerly The Gallery Next Door annex)

Over 1000 books from a single-owner collection – all books are priced to sell so this is not one to miss

With a predominance of religion, history (with much South Australiana) and literature, but with a miscellany of other curiosities, there are plenty of bargains to be had!

And if that’s not enough, any books remaining on Saturday will be available for HALF-PRICE! That’s 50% of the already low sale price!

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Celebrating 10 Years In Bookselling

Or Ten Years Swimming Like A Shark...

A shark has to keep swimming or it dies. Similarly, in many businesses, keeping moving – literally and metaphorically in our case – is key to survival.
Local book purveyors Kate Treloar & Nick Patrick of eclectic Adelaide’s Pop-up Bookshop, started out exactly a decade ago (13/4/2008) with cute Hills bookstore Chapter Two Books (Stirling).
While across the globe bookstores have been closing down, this duo have used changing locations, non-traditional shop layouts, mixing old-new and collectible books, and social media to maintain relevance. They are currently in the Central Markets and have just wound up a summer stint at Glenelg.
“While small business has always been challenging,” says Co-owner Kate Treloar, “this past decade has been insane for bookselling in particular”.
“E-books were the main fear when we started, then the GFC, a general decrease in disposable incomes, Google over-riding reference books, and now a certain online behemoth undercutting everybody on their quest for world domination!”
“We believe there will always be a need for a fiercely independent, thought-provoking bookshop like ours,” Ms Treloar says.
“But it’s a huge concern that it’s become practically impossible to earn a living running one, which would leave bookselling in the domain of the wealthy and/or unethical.”
“We do need to make a living and that’s not easy at the moment – a depressing and terrifying scenario at times. We have definitely questioned in the past whether continuing is the right long-term decision. Ultimately though, we do continue because it’s what we love to do – and it’s definitely not boring!”
Which is why continued community support is vital. “Use it or lose it – it’s a cliche but it’s true. We owe every day of our ten years in bookselling to those people who value what our humble little bookstore represents.”

“We are super proud to be celebrating a decade sharing books with the community” says Ms Treloar. “But we plan on celebrating several more so will keep reinventing as long as we have to!”