As well as having many permanent book stores, once a year the town has a two day festival on the first weekend in May. Last year over 18,000 visitors attended the festival, significantly increasing the town population from the usual 1,500. And tens of book sellers from other parts of Victoria, including book stores I regulary visit here in Melbourne, also set up their stalls.
This year my parents visited the town with us, which meant there were even more eyes looking out for Bond books. As usual I took plenty of photos, and I've included more than a handful below.
This was the Bound Words book stall. The owner recognised me from my many visits to her Hampton store and told me she unfortunately had no Bonds with her. So to the next book stall I went.
Not all books were second-hand. This stall sold cheap remainder books which included almost the entire set of the There Is Only One Bond series published by Vintage.
Overall it was a great day. Thousands of second-hand books. A few Bonds, almost all shown in the photos above. And my wife and parents enjoyed a trip to the country. It was great to spend some time together too, and I really appreciated their searching in an attempt to increase my collection.
And lastly, a couple more photos as we left the town to give an indication of how rural it is.