Going out the door...
The Locust Grove Used Book Sale is this weekend. I am very excited as I have found many, many treasures at this twice-a-year event. Perhaps too many treasures.
Nevertheless, I plan on binge-buying tomorrow. As a penance for my inability to pass up a book bargain, I have just spent the past thirty minutes or so going through my bookshelves in search of books to donate to the sale. I have done this the past couple of sales and usually find six or eight books to donate even though I come away with two or three more than I take.
This morning I was ruthless. I found twenty books to take with me tomorrow which, according to my faithful tape measure, frees up about twenty inches of bookshelf space.
Most of the books I will be donating are paperbacks that I have read or for which I have since purchased the hardcover edition. Quite a few are books I bought at this very book sale over the years.
Some of the things I have learned about attending this sale:
I take my own cloth book bag; it makes it so much easier to carry books I plan on buying as I wander the aisles.
The sale is very well organized and there is always a large selection of vintage hardcover books that I am drawn to immediately. After that I check out the fiction and mystery (these are mostly softcover editions), travel, and children's categories.
Even though the space is small, which I like as I am easily
Finally, I remind myself to breathe and not to panic. It is easy to swoon in the presence of so many books, but I know that just the right books with find their way into my bag. And besides, I can always go back Saturday and Sunday.
I can hardly wait!
Is there anything better than a used book sale? I have to admit, I'm a little jealous. :) And VERY impressed that you cleared up twenty inches of bookshelf space! Sounds like you can go book shopping with a clear conscience. Hope you find lots of wonderful books to bring home!ReplyDelete
Twenty inches sounds like a lot of shelf space, but I fear it may not be enough, Lark. We shall see...Delete
Oh, Belle, have fun - and I hope you will share some of your treasures with us. I love these events, though I missed the big AAUW one nearby this year.ReplyDelete
Yes, Penny, I look forward to these sales. It gives me a chance to cull my own collection, buy new (used) books, and help out a historic home. A triple play!Delete
Book Sale: two of my very favourite words! I hope you find treasure.ReplyDelete
You are so right, Vicki. I posted today about my finds.Delete
Sounds like heaven to me, Belle. I wish I could come with you. I have just the same reactions: initial euphoria and then overwhelm. The nice thing is that if you miss something at first, at least you can come back on another day to pick it up.ReplyDelete
This is such a great book sale, Kathy. Very well organized and the tables are constantly being refreshed with new treasures. I am fighting the urge to go back today!Delete
Good luck, have fun! I can't wait to read about what you find at the sale. I used to go to some great library sales in New England, but I'm often carless in Philly and don't get to go to the library sales outside the city.ReplyDelete
The proceeds from this sale, Joan, go to the historic home of Locust Grove. The major library sales are way too overwhelming for me, but I do find some real jewels at the branches that now have a table or two of donated books for sale. Always great fun shopping.Delete