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Subject: I love library book sales!!!!!!!!!!!
Date Posted: 6/21/2009 8:09 PM ET
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My TBR pile has officially grown by a mile.  :)

I went to the preview sale Thursday night & bought a tote bag full of books (some I haven't read and some I've read but wanted a copy of for my shelf).  Paperbacks were 75 cents and HC were $1.25.   I went back today for "bag of books" sale and got two paper grocery sacks full of books for $6 a bag.  Score!  I probably could have bought a lot more but my shopping time was really limited both times (I had about an hour Thurs and only about 30 min today!).  The swarm of people was CRAZY at the sale today - people everywhere pushing & shoving and leaning over you.... you'd think we were panning for gold or something.  lol

I should definitely have plenty of reading material for my month-long trip (I leave in a week).  Woohooooo!

Date Posted: 6/21/2009 10:18 PM ET
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Our library started having the first hour of the bag sale just for teachers and non profits. 

While the lines to our sale are long, folks are always very polite and friendly.

(And I scored a stack of Lora Leigh's to read and post.)

Date Posted: 6/21/2009 10:50 PM ET
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Our Library booksale is in August.  Hopefully I'll find something good but they don't seem to have a very good selection.  Lots of category romances and lots of books in unpostable condition usually.  I always go though and find something to bring home.

Date Posted: 6/22/2009 6:58 AM ET
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Sarah that sounds like the one here! I did get some WL to post when I went in the spring. I'll try to go again in the fall.

Date Posted: 6/22/2009 7:28 PM ET
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I tend to avoid the big sales, the professional buyers are really obnoxious around here. Also, there's usually a ton of romance in the every day sales, so I wind up with far more books than I should have anyway.

Date Posted: 6/22/2009 8:12 PM ET
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Ours was on the 6th but the romance section was the pits this time.  One table, divided in half with mysteries.  I've never seen anything like it.  And most of it was crap & not worth bothering with.  I got a ton of craft books though, which definitely made it worth going, but if I had been there strictly for romance novels this time out, I would have been very disappointed.

Date Posted: 6/22/2009 9:36 PM ET
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My library has it FOL sale(s) in April and October.  The one in April was horrible.  It was much like what Kim H. described hers as being.

 

Hopefully, October will be better. 

 

 

Date Posted: 6/22/2009 11:15 PM ET
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I worked  my library's FOTL sale this past weekend.   I helped out with the sorting of the paperbacks and then also with on the day of the sale.    It was really a little sad because hardly any of the paperback romance sold.  And there were some GOOD and very recent romance novels there.   Towards the end of the sale we put the books at 2 for 1, and I picked up another 10 books, mostly romance and a lot wishlisted (this was in addition to the 18 books I bought earlier).

Wish you all could have been there and proved to the rest of the world that the romance novels ARE worth reading and buying.

Date Posted: 6/23/2009 10:43 AM ET
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I love library book sales. Our town has a huge 3 day sale (people come from out of state) at the end of September. Paperbacks are 50 cents and I love to stock up on books. It starts on a Friday and I actually take the day off from work for it (there's a line 50 people+ at the start of the sale waiting to get in. It's incredible).

A town a couple over from mine was having a sale a few weeks ago (I just happened to be driving by when I saw the sign). It was the end of the sale and anything you could fit in a large paper grocery bag was $5. It's amazing how many books you can fit in a bag when you try! (I think I had a couple of hard covers and 35 paperbacks!) No incredible finds, but I saw a couple of books that I really wanted and heck - just kept filling the bag after that.

Date Posted: 6/23/2009 1:27 PM ET
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i love the regular FOL sales, and there's one library about an hour from me that has a huge quarterly sale that i've been trying to get to at least twice a year since i first discovered it.  i've been pretty lucky at picking up books from my WL there.

but man, on man, the bag sales are great.  that out of town one has the bag sale for $3, and my library has a twice a year big sale and started doing (or perhaps just advertising) $5/bag sales at the end.  probably half the books on my bookshelf her are from bag sales where i just picked up books in nice condition.  this last time around i skipped the bag sale, figuring i have plenty of books on my shelf for now and i'm doing find on credits.  plus when mom goes with me she just adds books in her bag, so when i re-bag them neatly to make more room, i can usually throw a few extra things for me in the extra space i just created for her.  ;)

Date Posted: 6/23/2009 4:06 PM ET
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I ran across a rummage sale last week that felt like a library sale. She was selling good, current romances for .25. I spent $7 and filled a shelf. Makes me never want to pay full price again.

Date Posted: 6/23/2009 4:20 PM ET
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I went to our big annual FOL sale last week.  The year before I got Dance And Bliss by Cuevas for fifty cents apiece so I was excited to go look this year.  I got a whole stack of Laura London/Sharon and Tom Curtiss books and three Carla Kelly regencies.  And a bunch of other stuff.  Not so many current books this year, but tons of older books.  The only other big sale I go to is in April every year, so now there's a looong wait.  At the April sale there were boxes and boxes of late 2008 and 2009 superromances, Presents and harlequin romances, all in Large print.  It was great.  My TBR exploded again.  at twenty-five cents a book, why not try new authors.

edited to correct a fraction of my typos.



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Date Posted: 6/23/2009 4:24 PM ET
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Oh man, how lucky is that!  I have had great luck finding old Mary Blaogh's though, so I can't complain.

Date Posted: 6/23/2009 8:17 PM ET
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I saw a ton of Mary Balogh books at this sale, but I've never read her (gulp) and didn't know what to pick up, so I didn't get any!!!!

Date Posted: 6/23/2009 11:44 PM ET
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Anything that looks old:P  I have bunches that I picked up at the FOL sales when I first started going, but the pickings have gotten so slim, it's almost not worth looking anymore.  It's like they keep dragging out the same boxes each year and it's all leftovers from the last sale.  I'm wondering at this point if they've even been putting any new romances into circulation.  I doubt it - not paperbacks anyway.  I felt like complaining, but they'd just say something stupid, like there's no demand for them, which I know is bull$#!%.

Date Posted: 6/24/2009 12:19 AM ET
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Our FOL take the newer books and fill the library shelves.  The joy of budget cuts.

Date Posted: 6/24/2009 8:01 AM ET
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I just found this website, chose my state and found out that there are 2 library book sales this weekend right around the corner from me. I am psyched!



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Date Posted: 6/24/2009 9:29 AM ET
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The joy of budget cuts.

Tell me about it.  Our metro government had a 2 million dollar shortfall last year, and we voted down a library tax last November, so our library system doesn't have a pot to piss in right now:P  I don't doubt that's why everything looked like it was recycled from the last two sales; they can't afford to discard anything.  The city council is *supposed* to be working on increasing the public libraries funding by passing a $175 million bond issue that would be paid off over 20 years without a tax hike, but I'll believe it when I see it.  We're still paying off the bond issue for Slugger Field, like we needed to spend a couple hundred million on a freaking minor league baseball field for a team most of the people who live here have never heard of, much less seen play, in the first place:P  If they pass a multi-million dollar bond issue to support something like the library system, I may well go feet up in the floor.  More likely it would go into some tourism related hogwash to do with the KY Derby, y'know, cuz we need LOTS more ignorant yabos flooding into town for one week a year:P

Date Posted: 6/26/2009 10:58 AM ET
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I love sales, except I think I'm a magnet for obnoxious old ladies with sharp elbows and wheeled carts. My stomach and feet usually come out worse for wear. :P

Date Posted: 6/26/2009 6:24 PM ET
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I have used that site for a year now.  It is great -it gives you the ongoing and special day Library sales.  It also lists the Book Sale stores in the area - but be careful with those because can be expensive because some use store front property.  The best is in Lawrence MA and HC and PB are all $1