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1. Two local stores kinda like salvation army but cheaper, called Recycle North. They sell books for 25-50 cents each OR $4.00 a bag. Naturally, I bring in a big LLBean bag and fill it and they are more than pleased that I've cleared out some shelf space.
2. Freecycle! Got to www.freecycle.org and start an account for a location in your area. You get emails or web-only posts if u prefer of people offering stuff they don't want, and you can post offers or requests also. It's all Free stuff, no $ swaps allowed. It's to save stuff from going to the dump that has use left. I may post a request "I want your readable books!" and specify that I will take anything but encyclopedia sets and then I repost my request every few months as new members are always joining.
3. The dump's Reusables Hut is a goldmine. My town and the town next to me has a little building at the dump for items that have life left. ALmost always there are books there. Here's why u need not feel guilty about cleaning it out: the dump attendant told me that if the hut starts to get a lot of things in it they have to start throwing stuff out, and then it costs the dump money to throw out the reusable stuff. So when I take stuff outta there they are always glad and you'd be surprised at the amount of wishlisted books u may find. Truly somebody's junk is somebody else's dream come true.
4. Lastly, my tiny local library has a sale every fall. They are good cleaners-of-the closet as they try to keep stuff on their shelves moving and they put out all books that are older or not popular by patrons. Once the sale is over, they have tons of boxes of books leftover that they do not feel like moving nor have space to store. They put up a FREE sign. The last two years I have driven away with an ENTIRE carload of books of every nature, and there were STILL tons of books for other people picking up books to have their fill. They want all the books off the front lawn by the time the volunteers go home at night so I give other folks time to come and take what they want and then I come take what's left...plenty of good stuff. This past fall when I did this a library volunteer came out and gave me cloth tote with the libraRy's name on it and said THank u so much for taking these books away, it is SO helpful!!! And I was worried they'd think I was a greedy book swiper. Quite the opposite in their eyes. How perfect!
I became a volunteer at our local Friends of the Library. Twice a week we meet to collect donations, sort and price books for the annual book sale. I can borrow just about any book that I come across and can even buy the ones I want to keep. Most are 2 dollars or less. After I read them they usually end up on here.