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Subject: I <3 Goodwill...
Date Posted: 6/28/2008 7:16 PM ET
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I went to the Goodwill today because I was bored and hit a jackpot of books!  DH just shook his head and rolled his eyes as he passed me carrying my box from the car.  I figured somebody here would be happier for me!

Goodwill books are 50 cents a piece.  I got 30.  All in very good, postable condition.  Even better...when I got to the register, they were 25 CENTS EACH.   I got 30 books for $7.95!

7 were trade size and wishlisted!  I had planned to post several because they are erotica but after skimming them I am thinkin' I should try them first.  Does anyone recommend any of these?  Diane Whiteside Devil Series (The Irish Devil, The Northern Devil, and the River Devil), I'm Your Santa by Lori Foster, et. al,  Perfect Kisses by Susan Johnson, et.al?  I like steamy books as long as the characters are likeable and the story is good but I don't usually buy erotica.

I am currently reading Not Another Bad Date by Rachel Gibson.  I have quite a few wishlisted books in my TBR pile that I try to prioritize so I can pass on so do any of the above stand out?

 



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Date Posted: 6/28/2008 8:01 PM ET
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Oh, you are so lucky!  My Goodwill has a lot of nice books, but they are WAY more expensive!  Most trades are $2.99 or $3.99, regular mmpb's are $1.99.  You really struck gold there!  The only book you mentioned that I have read was Irish Devil, and I really liked it- I have the rest of the series WLed.  I have been getting my feet wet with erotica the past couple of months, and I have to tell you that I have a problem with some of it- I just can't get into the ones where it's all sex and very little story.  For me, there needs to be a substantial storyline and good character development, and I found both in Irish Devil, so definitely give that one a try.

Enjoy your windfall!

Date Posted: 6/28/2008 8:25 PM ET
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yep you got lucky all right..all the Goodwills near me have b uilt these new huge brick buildings and charge a fortune for everything...dont' think any book was under 2 books last time I bothered to go in...haven't read any of those you mentioned though I have one of the Devil books in my TBR and  recognize the other authors as writing pretty hot..I've read a lot of Lori Foster's books and they're good and spicy...

Date Posted: 6/28/2008 8:32 PM ET
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I'd definitely give the books a try before posting them.  Funny, I went to my Goodwill a week or two back and found a copy of I'm Your Santa there too!  Since I was on that WL for it, I was very happy.

No book at my Goodwill is more than 99 cents.  Most are way less than that.

I always try and read a book before posting it.  If you've never read Erotica before, give it a try.  You might like it.

Date Posted: 6/28/2008 8:40 PM ET
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Goodwill near me is positively medieval:P  They toss their books in bins.  I can't even stand to go in there & see it.  My fav thrift store is DAV (Disabled American Veterans).  They don't do much organizing, but they do put them on shelves, and they're pretty cheap - usually 30 cents for paperbacks, $1 for hardbacks.  Sometimes they're even on sale for 10 cents.  I've gotten a few very rare ones there for next to nothing.  It just all depends on whether they have gotten any in or not, but they put out new donations pretty much daily, so it's always worth stopping in 3-4 days a week to check.  I've walked out of there with grocery bags full of books for less than $3, and they're usually good books - always bestellers, and always in good condition.  Several times I've found WL titles there.



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Date Posted: 6/28/2008 9:36 PM ET
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Our Goodwill seems to be really increasing their prices on everything in the last few years. The books are pretty pricey at ours, but every once in awhile they have sales< nothing as cheap as what you found though. That is AWESOME!

Date Posted: 6/28/2008 10:24 PM ET
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Are ya'll's Goodwills in fancy stores now? the ones around here used to be in shopping centers or older run-down cheap buildings...now they're fancy brick ones in really good areas of town instead of the 'downtown' area or outskirts..just wondering  how the heck they make any profit? my mom refuses to go there any more and doesn't donate there either..she gives to church garage sales and women's centers, etc that seem to have a good profit margin.

same with the a nimal shelter near where I work...they have signs out begging for food and towel do nations yet they  just built a brand new 2 story brick building...makes me wonder how many doggie sand kitties they put down because food money went to  building that fancy building...

Date Posted: 6/28/2008 11:23 PM ET
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The Goodwill in my area is small and crowded but the prices are cheap.  The books are mostly on bookshelves but the overflow is in bins.  There is a standard price for each category of items such as shirts, pants, media ,etc..  I have only been to a couple there but although the prices were the same the places were bigger and cleaner.  I thought they were similar everywhere.  So now I am really pleased... 



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Date Posted: 6/28/2008 11:24 PM ET
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Susanna, ours is pretty nice- they put it in maybe 7 years ago, into a brand new building, which may explain some of the prices.  I am sure they do pretty well- it's always pretty crowded when I go there, and I know they get plenty of donations.  One thing about the Goodwills in my area- they are WAY better organized than any other I've ever seen.  All the clothing is arranged by type and size, just like any department store.  The books are even organized by genre- which I've never seen in a thrift store before.  I suppose that entitles them to charge a bit more for stuff.

Date Posted: 6/28/2008 11:56 PM ET
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Our Goodwill's selection sounds nothing like that, Dana!  Happy reading!!

Date Posted: 6/29/2008 2:23 PM ET
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I love our goodwill store too!  Our goodwill sounds like yours with the set prices and all.  Most paper backs are 40-50 cents each.  Hardbacks range from 1-3 dollars.  I try to go about once or twice a week to see if they have anything new. 

 

Date Posted: 6/30/2008 12:32 PM ET
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i went into our newly built goodwill shortly after i joined PBS, and it turns out the MMPs are $1, bigger paperbacks are $2, and HBs are $3.  since the local FOL shelves are $.50, $1, $2 - and have a better selection - i haven't gone back.

Date Posted: 6/30/2008 12:57 PM ET
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Our Goodwill's paperbacks are $2-4 dollars apiece. I just go to the UBS which has a better selection of books in better condition for the same prices. I was disappointed when I made the trip to goodwill for books, I was expecting them to be $1 or less like they were in the city I grew up in.

Date Posted: 7/6/2008 7:39 AM ET
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Wow, expensive books at your Goodwills!  Ours used to be around .75 per book, now they went down to .47 a book..lol, with tax they come out to .50.  I'm going to have to try the Veterans Goodwill, because I hear they have shelves and SHELVES of books, really cheap.  Maybe I'll make my mom take me their this week :)

Date Posted: 7/6/2008 9:43 AM ET
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Our Goodwill prices vary by location.  Some have become horribly expensive which I think is ridiculous $2-5.  But I have noticed everything in the store is becoming too expensive.  I can buy new kids clothes cheaper than they price their used stuff. 

On average, paperbacks are 70 cents and hardbacks are 1.00.  I like to go in on half price days, but they never tell you those days in advance. 

I also find some good books at other thrift shops which tend to charge less for their books.

We have a Value Village which charges a percentage of the original price, which can be too much for me at times, but they usually have great books.  They always have a half price sale once a month, but you have to get there early to get the good books.  They always clear their shelves on these days. 

Date Posted: 7/6/2008 9:52 AM ET
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I enjoyed the Diane Whiteside series of books.  Hope you will too!

Date Posted: 7/6/2008 9:51 PM ET
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Our local Goodwill sells PBs for $.39 each, and HBs for $.99, and on Tuesday it's Senior Day with a 25% discount.  They used to have more books, but sometimes the pickings are slim.  Our DAV has books at $.10 each or 12 for $1.00 on PBs and HBs at $.25 ea or 5 for $1.00 with a 10% senior discount.  The Salvation Army has PBs at 8 for $1.00 and HBs at $.99 each, so we have a pretty good choice.  Just that the selection isn't all that great sometimes.  Pat

Date Posted: 7/15/2008 9:49 PM ET
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I always find some good buys at my local Goodwill stores, and I like to donate my old clothes and support Goodwill also.

Date Posted: 7/15/2008 10:45 PM ET
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I finally went into a St. Vincent & DePaul thrift store not too far from my house.  Hadn't been there before because it's almost downtown, and you have to kinda go a roundabout route to get to it without taking the expressway from here - which I hate & avoid as much as possible.  Anyway, I found a quick & easy 10-15 min route there with google maps, and they have a great selection of very nice & new looking books and their paperbacks are always 50 cents each.  I'll be adding that one to my regular weekly thrift store/UBS haunts now as well.



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