Art & BookFair 2018

Starting with a “Book Mart” in October, 1961, AAFSW has held a book sale every year at the State Department. This October, the Art & BookFair will once again offer books, CDs, DVDs, stamps and coins, and art treasures from all over the world. Our donors from the Foreign Service community have lived everywhere, and customers come to this sale knowing that they can find truly unique international items. This sale has raised $60,000 to $100,000 annually. Over the years that has added up to more than a million dollars.

AAFSW uses Art & BookFair funds to finance scholarships and many other projects in support of the Foreign Service community, from our website to informational programs and events of all types. Some of the proceeds, as well as in-kind donations, are given to DC-area community organizations.

Just as the family members of the Foreign Service depend on AAFSW to advocate for their interests, AAFSW itself depends on the income from the Art & BookFair to function. And we depend on our members to help make this event a success!

How can you help?

Donate books, records, CDs, and DVDs, as well as items acquired from overseas. We take art, textiles, jewelry, pottery, wooden carved creations, and paintings– anything from the countries that you have visited or posts in which you have lived. We also accept foreign and domestic stamps, paper money, medals, and coins. We can also use good packing paper (if you are moving back to the DC area). Small items can be sent in the mail (contact for our mailing address), but we also pick up donations in the Washington, DC area.

Remind your friends and co-workers to do the same, especially those who are retiring, downsizing or moving.

Pick-ups can be arranged by calling Martine in the BookRoom, 202-223-5796, or by emailing or

Volunteer your time during the year. If you have expertise in local art from a particular region of the world, such as South America, or knowledge of languages, we could really use help in pricing books and artifacts. You can get into the Dept. of State (DOS) with your diplomatic passport. Even if you are only here for a short time, we can use your help.

Volunteer to help set up October 1-5, clean up October 15-16, or work during the Art & BookFair (A&BF), October 5-15! We can also use help the week of September 24. We need cashiers, baggers, shelvers and others to help customers during this major event. Sign up online at You can also email or call the AAFSW office (703-820-5420) to volunteer.

The volunteers have a lot of fun! Art & BookFair is a unique experience, with its interesting books and artifacts, enthusiastic customers, and the old friends and colleagues that we run into from a former post!

AAFSW Art & BookFair Committee

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