Last weekend I went to my library’s Warehouse Sale, so I thought–why not show off the treasure?
That’s 17 books, for a total price of…$19.50.
I LOVE the Library Warehouse Sale. It’s literally a warehouse full of books. The library opens it up every two months or so, and I usually try to make it over to spend a couple of hours wandering the shelves. The selection is good and the prices are amazing, between 50 cents and two dollars. I shop used book stores a lot, so I have a pretty good idea how much all of this would have cost somewhere else…I’d say a fairly conservative estimate puts the value around a hundred dollars, for the same copies elsewhere.
Definitely a good deal, and plenty of hidden treasure in among all those shelves! At the top I have five new-to-me original Star Trek books; I’ve been hunting, not very successfully, for good ones to try, so these were excellent finds. Under those, AVI and Vivian Vande Velde with two books I know are excellent (and in like-new condition), and Aria of the Sea somehow lured me in even though I almost never buy unread books (barring a series like Star Trek, or a reliable author like Burroughs).
I have the complete Grimms, but no Andersen, so that lovely old copy was a great find. I’ve been hunting (not very successfully!) for a copy of Huckleberry Finn ever since my copy fell apart–I swear I saw them everywhere until I actually needed to buy a copy. This one smells amazing, all old book musty, and when I saw there was a matching copy of Tom Sawyer I couldn’t resist them both.
I poked through the picture books for treasures and decided to expand my James Stevenson collection, resulting in the five you see up there. He wrote and illustrated the Grandpa and Uncle Wainey series, and is wonderfully clever. I appreciate good stories regardless of target age group.
And the behemoth at the bottom, How to Cook Everything by Mark Bittman. I already had the abridged version and know he’s excellent, so I thought I’d just go for the complete one.
So there you have it–book loot! I can always rely on the Library Warehouse Sale to overfill my bookshelves, and let me check off a few more favorite books I’ve been meaning to buy. Anyone else have favorite places they go to look for bookish treasure?
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