April 9, 2010
I'm not sure if you've noticed, but I'm a bit of a bibliophile. I love the public library and I do borrow books from friends when I can, but there's something about a well-stocked bookshelf. When we moved into our home, it didn't feel "right" until our books were unpacked. When we have guests over, I always feel a special kinship with those who browse our collection at some point in the evening. And if I am ever to visit your home, I promise not to open the medicine cabinet, but your books are fair game.
Unfortunately, books are expensive, so I buy them cheap when and where I can. My church hosts a consignment sale and every year I plunder it for children's books. In fact, I've begun to get a reputation and ladies have started snatching up books when they see me coming! Still, I did really well last night and found all of these books for less than a dollar each. I know, can you believe I didn't already own Alexander, Babar, and Mike Mulligan? Other than consignment sales, I like to hit consignment shops, thrift stores, and my absolute favorite... Ollies. I apologize to all of my international and west coast friends; Ollies is only on the East Coast. It's a bizarre store that sells random items at discount prices, but their kid's book selection is phenomenal. Brand new hardcover books are usually only around $3!
So spill it... where do you go for cheap books? (BTW, I've changed the comment feature to a pop-up window in the hope this will solve the issues some of you have been having commenting. Go ahead and give it a try and let me know if it didn't work for you.)