Friday, March 22, 2013

Book Sale

It's time for our local Friends of the Library used book sale.



The room is just as big in the other direction.  And it's filled with tables that are filled with books. And there are even more books in boxes underneath.  It's the second day of the sale so it's not as crowded and I noticed that there were less books blocking the isles too.  I've heard this is the biggest library book sale east of the mississipi, though I don't really know how they can verify that.

Now before everyone jumps all over me for buying used books and not supporting authors let me just say that I spend more than I can reasonably afford on new books.  I'm helping the industry as much as I can.  This is just a way to supplement that a little.  Plus, it helps the library. And come on, who wouldn't love to be in a warehouse sized room surrounded by books you can look at and caress.  It's just fun.

Do any of you have library sales?

21 comments:

  1. You don't need to apologize for going to a used book store sale. I don't spend as much on books but spend just as much on postage for mailing books I give away and for my purchases for giveaways. We can only spend so much money toward books.

    Our library has a sale too. I have way too many books to read so generally don't go to those.

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  2. Wait... People get mad when you buy used books? :O

    I want to go to here...

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  3. Wow--that's awesome! I could spend _days_ in there!

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    1. It would be so easy to spend the whole four days there. I don't think I could get through all the books even then.

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  4. Yes they do! And thanks for reminding me. I best get into the city and find some more books. Thanks, Sara.

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  5. I love used book sales, especially if it supports my library. Often a book I find leads me to purchase (full price!) another title by that author. I had no idea I was supposed to feel guilty about recycling books. (Although, I get your point about money to authors.)

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    1. That's happened to me too. Often with used books I can take a chance on a new author I might not have if I had to pay full price.

      And I don't really feel guilty, but I've seen some people get upset so I wanted to put a disclaimer in to stop any complaining that might take place.

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  6. Nothing wrong with buying used books and you're supporting a good cause in the process. Looks like there was a ton to choose from, as well.

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    1. So. Many. Books. Unfortunately I had my kids with me so a slow perusal wasn't really an option but it was still fun.

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  7. I wasn't going to jump on you for buying used books. I do it often myself and I'm an author. About the not supporting the author stuff...my thoughts are better resold than ending up in some landfill. Especially for such a worth while cause.

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    1. So true and a great way of looking at it!

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  8. Hey, no fuss here. I'm weeding my personal bookshelves for things I'll never reread. I've already donated some to the choose a book/leave a book spot at the hospital and will take a ton to my local library's Friends of the Library house to sell to others. All books deserve to move on and be loved by someone. ; )

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  9. I love library sales! And any kind of book fair, really.
    I'm organising a second one at work! All proceeds go to a children's library in Tanzania that our staff association supports.

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  10. Who doesn't love a bargain book, girl? I buy them at Goodwill, Plato's Closet, my local library, or anywhere else used books are sold. :)

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  11. I would have loved to have gone, like treasure hunting! Nothing wrong with buying used books, imo.

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  12. I buy books both new and used at book stores, as well as thrift stores, AND I like to support libraries as well. Buying their books helps libraries make room for new authors and buy new books. When our library has these sales, I'm there in a heartbeat.
    This looks like an interesting site. I'm following you now.

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  13. Bravo, Sara! I'm a volunteer at our local library, and yes, they do have used book sales. Buying books, in what ever form, is all good. Anything that supports literacy in our world is awesome in my "book!"

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  14. Our library sale was last week. But we live in a small town outside San Antonio, so your sale looks GIGANTIC!

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    1. Our sale is huge. Well worth a little travel to get to in my opinion. It's fun to see so many people who love books. And they're all helpful and nice too. One year I muttered a title of a book that I was looking for and some lady jumped in and said she had seen it. She even took me over to the table where it was. Readers are super nice.

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  15. I love used books. I love reading something that has already been worn in. My husband likes the new books tho. In fact, when he's done with a book, it still looks brand new!!

    Hugs!

    Valerie

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    1. I'd never thought about it before. There's something fun about seeing hints of the reader before you, but I love that new book smell.

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