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Subject: I need book hunters anonymous!
Date Posted: 6/18/2008 2:51 PM ET
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I'm so addicted to searching for cheap books at the UBS and library sales! The urge comes on me every week or two... I'm stretching it out to be as sensible as I can about it, what with the price of gas, and waiting to have a book of used books to trade or other errands to run downtime, but when I get that MUST HUNT feeling, it's very hard to resist.

It occurred to me today that this is very much like a gambling addiction - most of the time it doesn't pay off, but the few times it does creates such a buzz, you keep doing it.

This was confirmed when I found Duke of Shadows at the library sale today. :-) Now I want to go to every other library branch in the county and check out what they have. Will resist though. Until the day I can bike to every one. :-)

Date Posted: 6/18/2008 2:58 PM ET
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LOL, Willa  :-)  I can totally relate.  You know what they say :  "It's not the "bargain", (so to speak) it's the hunt!"  :-)

There is no bigger thrill, IMO, than finding either a book you have been wanting forever and/or finding a book that you know is highly sought after by someone here and/or elsewhere.



Date Posted: 6/18/2008 3:02 PM ET
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I completely understand.  I think about going to thrift shops all the time and will drive miles to go to a big used book sale. 

I went to a book sale last weekend with my 2 year old and I am 8 months pregnant.  I had no business trying to get two full bags of books.  Thank goodness I brought the stroller to put the books on or I would've been in trouble.  I just couldn't pass up a $5 per bag sale.

It can get out of control :-)  I'm also completely overloaded with credits, so it isn't like I need to go buy books.  I just love the hunt.

Date Posted: 6/18/2008 3:08 PM ET
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I'm so bad at the sales I'll pick up books thinking "oh, it's a WL book on pbs" and I'll take it based on that. At least my husband doesn't mind all the books, he just say's that it's time to get another bookshelf :P

I wish books wern't so heavy though! We're buying a house next year and I am not looking forward to moving all of mine!

Date Posted: 6/18/2008 3:23 PM ET
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Where do you sign up?  I'm ready to join - I just keep buying & buying too!


Date Posted: 6/18/2008 3:50 PM ET
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i keep buying books too.

i like to go to the UBS once a week, and if i don't get to go at least once every two weeks i get grumpy about it, because who knows what i'm missing.  (didn't find anything this weekend though.)  this was easy when i wasn't working, but while i'm employed it's a lot trickier.  plus i always want to check the FOL shelf at the local library every time i go by there, and at least once a week even if i don't have another reason to go.

doing all of that - plus library books, shopping at Borders when they send me coupons, and an amazon order about once a month was about enough to keep me even on the number of books coming in vs what i could read.  now that PBS is added to that - umm...  but i keep finding new things i want!  when i started i thought it would be hard to fill up the WL with 200 books.  yesterday, i was up to 199 and had to go find a couple of things i could change my mind on (or put off until later if the WL wasn't huge) so i have room to add something the next time.

also due to PBS, now i find myself buying books i don't want for me, but think i can trade out here (or at the UBS).  that little habit has resulted in going nuts at the big library sales i've been to, and me spending more $ than i otherwise would.  ack.

Date Posted: 6/18/2008 4:43 PM ET
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If you overlook the fact that I'd sooner go on national TV and be shot out of a cannon - wearing nothing but Wonder Woman Underoos, no less - than miss a library sale, that I get up early on Saturdays so I can scout at least 5 yard sales for books, that I stop at the thrift store a minimum of 3 days a week (just in case:P), that I do the happy dance every time another UBS opens in my area (and lapse into a deep depression and uncontrollable weeping every time one closes), and that at any given time, I have somewhere between 5 & 10 ebay collectible or hard to find book auctions on my watch list, I'm sure that I would seem completely normal:P  Well... almost normal, but we aren't talking about the other weird stuff I do, right?

Date Posted: 6/18/2008 4:58 PM ET
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I can never find anything at the Strand (which is the only UBS I know) so I usually buy at Half.com and the bargain sales at BN.com (where I'm a member.) I've also gotten into the habit of checking for books that are wishlisted so I can post them here...I did that a few weeks ago with the first three books in the Outlander series and they flew off my shelf!

Date Posted: 6/18/2008 5:06 PM ET
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I knew I was in trouble when someone came up to the library sale bookshelf, took one look at my intense face, and murmured, "I'll wait til you're done."

Date Posted: 6/18/2008 6:21 PM ET
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Willa, lmao. I am the same way. I get the urge, and the urge must be satisfied. One of the better UBS in the area closed last summer. It had a huge romance section. In fact I'd say romance comprised 75% of the stock. I was so sad when it closed. But I haunt Goodwill and other thrift shops, because I don't want to miss anything good. And I am VERY thorough, looking at every title. I, too, buy books that I already have or that I think I can offer up on PBS, which I know I shouldn't, but can't resist the deals.

Riahekans, when I was in New York last summer, I went to the Strand probably three times a week. I found a few things (romance) sometimes in the inside paperback bins and a few titles by scouring the outside racks, but not much. I think the Goodwill on 23rd carries some books and Strand Annex might have more? But I spent a lot of money at BN Union Square and Borders at Columbus Circle.

Date Posted: 6/18/2008 6:29 PM ET
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At least you have someplace to buy cheap books. I do not have a UBS near me at all and the library is no help. I still have that urge to buy books only I have to pay full price or occasionally a coupon. My husband asked me tho other day why I was buying books when I cn get books on here, I told him that I get cranky if I don't  have anything to read that shut him up lol.

Date Posted: 6/18/2008 6:46 PM ET
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If you overlook the fact that I'd sooner go on national TV and be shot out of a cannon - wearing nothing but Wonder Woman Underoos, no less - than miss a library sale

Kim -- I would pay money to see that.  In fact, I would give you every hard-to-find book I own if you would post a picture of you in said underoos standing next to the cannon in question :)

Willa -- you are so lucky to have these things nearby.  I would have the same addiction, too, if I had stores like that.  I must, unfortunately, resort to silly things like shoe shopping.....it's just the not the same as a good book :(

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Date Posted: 6/18/2008 7:06 PM ET
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Talk about bad, *sigh* the first time I picked up a romance novel I had no clue it was a romance novel, and then not only was it a romance novel but it turned out to be like the 13th book in a long series and of course I buy the brand new hardback edition at Barnes and nobles...so of course I had to go back the next day and buy the first book of the series and then after I finished reading that one I had to go back and get the next...and the next and the next, and then when they ran out of the series at B&N I found the ebooks online and bought them up...only now there were more books I could buy for 5 dollars a book...but 5 dollars a night for my new obsession was getting a bit rediculously expensive and us bargain hunter's know that 5 dollars for a book...it better be *THE* book you have wanted forever and cannot get anywhere else cheaper.

So what did I do? I learned that the only book store I knew of that might have cheaper prices was closed down (I know cause I went to their closing outsale like...months ago) but then I remembered the lady saying that they were going to donate all the unbought books to the library...and therein something beautiful happened called "The Friends of the Bookstore" it was there! Just like in my little bookworm dreams tons of books all waiting to be read for the price of a dollar or less!!! Amazing!!! But wait...there was more...

Seeing that I could not let my good fortune be stolen away by someone who frequented the library more often than I did...I came up with a plan, I would volunteer for the store and I would gain control of the romance section and I would control what went out to the others MUAHAHAHAHA... of course...I also saw that new romances got out in a timely manner and only kept the ones I *really really really wanted*. And then ...the sales started "Enhance Your Romance" ****2 DOLLARS A BAG**** I was dreaming...I was in Heaven...I was about to be broke. But it's amazing how many books you can stack into a paper grocerie bag so for the price of 8 dollars I brought home 4 bags with 40 books in each, I'm not a math whiz so I'll leave that to you for how much each book cost...of course I had to go back and buy 5 more bags until there was nothing left on the shelf...*sigh* and now I'm swimming in all my glorious paperbacks and couldn't be mor ehappy.

Date Posted: 6/18/2008 7:36 PM ET
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Half.com has gotten me into more trouble!  LOL....seriously if you look hard enough, you can find killer deals there.  And don't get me started on Ebay.....


Date Posted: 6/18/2008 10:03 PM ET
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Christine - great story:P  I love it, and it's so like me with my master plans for nabbing all the good stuff...  Half of the women shopping the romance tables at this last library sale thought I worked there.  I was the one with the big wheeled crate, yanking the sealed boxes out from under the tables, cutting them open and then pulling the books out & restocking - so I could inspect what was in them first, of course:P

Monica - hey babe, you're there -  front row seats.  You, me and my Wonder Woman Underoos:P  I'll even tie you up with my golden lasso and force you to tell the truth if you like:P

And Willa - you are so like me, I get chills.  Except for nobody ever says anything to me.  It's prolly the taser:P

Date Posted: 6/18/2008 10:05 PM ET
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I'm going to a FOL sale this weekend and I'm super excited at just the thought of all the great book deals I can find there! I'm glad there are others that love the "hunt," too! And whoever said that it was addicting is right!

Date Posted: 6/18/2008 10:20 PM ET
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I am not currently a book hunter, and when I do buy its new...which is really nasty on the pocket book. Y'all are intriguing though....I may have a new hobby :)


Date Posted: 6/18/2008 10:31 PM ET
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We don't have a UBS in town, just Goodwill and a Twice But Nice store.  They're downtown so I only get there once every 3-4 weeks.  Complete wrong end of town from where I live and work and normally shop so it's not so easy to zip down there during the week.

Since joining PBS, I have only bought a handful of new books.  I look at them in the store and then think, I have all these credits and way too many books around to read so I can wait for that one.  I do love the thrill of the hunt, I just wish I had the time for it!

Date Posted: 6/18/2008 11:54 PM ET
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I shop the Goodwill stores, and often think of stopping at our Main Library to check out the Used book sales there.

I feel like alot of people do here on the board..its the thrill of the hunt!

Date Posted: 6/19/2008 3:04 AM ET
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OH! Exciting as I was exiting my local Vons store they had used books for sale for one dollar..*It was for a good cause!!! *defends* lol for cancer I bought five books in them was Perfect by Judith McNaught, now I had read perfect by renting it at the library and I loved it!!! I found Paradise at my local thrift store (where I got ten books for four dollars) and now I'm just so happy.

Date Posted: 6/19/2008 4:21 AM ET
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I totally understand what you're going through.  I use to go to book sales and after becoming obsessed with paperbackswap.com I frequent them A LOT more because I always felt like I have to look out for books that others might want to request from me.  Luckily I don't live that far away from the library and I always rationalize it as "hey its used books, not like I'm doing hard drugs or anything...seems harmless enough :-p"

My hall-of-fame finds:

- Practically all of Amanda Quick's classic works: Mischief, Mistress, Mystique, Desire, Reckless, etc...10 for $1 (I almost swooned)

- Out of print copy of Tandia by Bryce Courtenay the sequel to Power of One. 

- J.D Robb books 5 for $1. 

Date Posted: 6/19/2008 7:32 AM ET
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Grace - I'll have to look for that Goodwill in 23rd St - funny that I went to school and have worked in like 3 jobs in that area and never discovered there was a Goodwill around there!!!

I work in Union Square so I go to the B&N store all the time (although since I became a PBS member, I don't buy much anymore.) I'll try the Strand again to see if I find something...(although I really shouldn't!)


Date Posted: 6/19/2008 10:49 AM ET
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Ok, so this is my first time posting on PBS (I just joined a few days ago)... but I couldn't let this discussion go by... the way some of my friends act, I thought I was the only book hunter out there! LOL  Glad to know there are others..hehe.

Since I am not familiar with many UBS around my area, I usually use the local Goodwill stores (where ALOT of my books actually ended up before joining PBS), half.com or ebay.  Ebay is dangerous for me!!!  In my previous house, my local library actually had a huge paperback swap area, so I actually try to get around buying books at retail prices (the now $8/book just really bothers me!)

But after reading these posts I did a stupid thing and did a search online... found dozens of library sales in my area... oh boy...

Date Posted: 6/19/2008 10:56 AM ET
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I can relate! I've been to a library sale each of the past three weekends and always come home with bags of books. We also have several UBS around, and a Goodwill, and another thrift shop. That last thrift shop is by far my favorite, because they sell paperbacks for a dime and hardbacks for a quarter. My husband cringes every weekend when I say I'm going to "run to the store" because he knows where I'm going :)  He doesn't really get mad, though, because it's rare that I spend more than $10 in a weekend. Two weeks ago I really hit the jackpot....50 books from library sale for $4! My TBR is huge at the moment, so I'm really trying to resist the temptaion to "run to the store" this weekend :)

Date Posted: 6/19/2008 12:53 PM ET
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....Half of the women shopping the romance tables at this last library sale thought I worked there.  I was the one with the big wheeled crate, yanking the sealed boxes out from under the tables, cutting them open and then pulling the books out & restocking - so I could inspect what was in them first, of course:P

Kim -- that is hysterical!  Thank God you don't live near Christine.  You two would be vicious in a UBS at the same time!