First Books, then Tags

We always plan to arrive early for our favorite library book sale so we will be near the front of the waiting crowd. – Because of a rainy forecast this year’s sale was held in the underground parking area of the bank next door. –

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It didn’t take very long for a crowd to build around us!

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When the sale opened at the first stroke of nine I headed straight for How-To, while DH moved quickly toward the Arts.

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My strategy, – When a book sale gets this packed, you really do need to have one. –

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is to speed-shop first from the table tops

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while I ask the people around me what topics they’re looking for and pass along any appropriate titles. Of course I hope they’ll do the same for me, but I also think that, since I’ve helped them out in this way, they may be less likely to accidentally step on me when I move to phase two, which is getting down on my knees to look through the books stowed under the tables.

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– The shot above shows not only boxes of books down below but that not every category is as popular as my beloved How-To. –

I collected every interesting-looking knitting and crochet book that I came across,

– as well a single Sodoku book, for my sister,

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which came from the Sports and Hobbies department, conveniently located right next to How-To. –

until my extra large canvas tote bag held as many books as both it and I could carry. Wish I’d thought to count how many or have taken a photo. There must have been at least thirty.

Some people, like this fella,

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collect far more, creating a stash!

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A common practice at this particular sale.

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Then I looked for someplace out-of-the way where I could quietly flip through my finds and decide which ones to keep. Against the back wall, next to the table of refreshments set out for volunteers, worked well.

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Here are my final picks. – $1.00 each.

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Surprisingly, I didn’t keep a single crochet book!

I felt lucky to get ‘Knitting Without Tears’ by Elizabeth Zimmermann,

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a rare find.

When you’re paying so little per book it’s not impractical to buy one for a single pattern, like ‘Stitch Mix’

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in ‘Family Circle Easy Sweaters’. I can easily imagine adapting its three textural bands for a blanket.

Only ‘Nature’s Wrapture’ was “specially marked” at $2.00 such an extravagance! lol. –

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And here’s DH’s Art History haul.

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How marvelous that together we paid less than $20! Visit this web-site and you may be able to find a used book sale near you.

Next we hit a neighborhood tag sale. And what a neighborhood! What treasures might we find at houses like this one?

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It’s not often that we see tag sales held in three-car garages.

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A lovely hand-knit blanket,

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45″ square,

in simple yet attractive garter stitch

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for $4.00?

SOLD!

I told the sale’s hostess that I’d be giving it to Child and Family Services for a child entering foster care. She said she would be sure to tell her daughter, whose blanket it had once been.

A large hand-painted gourd birdhouse – $2.00.

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The previous owner told me that I had a good eye. I guess so, as the original price tag says $38.00!!

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Two small skeins of yarn – $1.00

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As I handed over my dollar bill, I mentioned that he should be happy to be getting his full purchase price back – The black Jack Frost’s original Bradlees price tag tells that it once retailed for 50¢. lol.

Not a very big tag sale haul, but still a nice way to wrap-up our thrifty adventure.

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3 Responses to First Books, then Tags

  1. AnnB says:

    Looks like you were competing with booksellers. Lucky you to find the knitting books….even if just for one pattern.

    • If there were any booksellers at the How-To tables they weren’t noticeable. Probably some of the people around me thought I was one because of how quickly I worked even though I had no scanner, which is a sure sign.
      The crowd had thinned quite a bit by the time I went to put back all the books I’d decided not to get. It was great fun to watch shoppers’ excitedly grab them up!

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