Sunday, April 03, 2011

Bookworms

So, I'd been feeling the absence of a shopping spree in my life quite keenly. I don't shop often, really, but when I do, it tends to be in the face of an astronomical clearance event so... it becomes a spree.

Even when things are cheap, though, I'm finally starting to cut down on some uneccessary purchases, like clothes, toys, rockin decor items, etc. I have a weak spot for literature, though. I seem to always always always be able to justify purchasing books. They're always dirt cheap books, mind you, but still, our shelves are full and yet... I could not resist our library's recent book sale.

The kids and I whittled our enormous round one stack of books down to the following. At a buck a piece, we had to be judicial.


(Oh, funny store about "The Boo Boo Book." I was so excited to see it there because Kyle's parents gifted it to us for Christmas and the kids absolutely love it. I bought it anyway, thinking I wouldn't have a problem finding someone who'd take it.

Well, at home, I searched and searched and could NOT find our Boo Boo copy. Then I realized that this was the only book we bought at the sale that didn't have a library bar code on it. Also, pretty much all of the board books for sale were hashed to pieces at the brutal hands of toddler legions. This copy was in quite good condition, as if only three kids had been handling it for only three months...

Yup, finally we concluded that this was indeed OUR copy of The Boo Boo Book that we must have inadvertently left at the library. How serendipitously wonderful that we were the ones who managed to swipe it at the sale, and before we even noticed it was lost!)

Well, that was a good time and all, but the next day, in the sale's final hour...

Ellie and I stuffed eight plastic bags full of books (for a buck a bag this time!)-- that's right, EIGHT. A staff member had to give us our own book cart and help us roll it to our car.


While we shopped, I felt a tad sheepish continuously returning to that employee for yet another bag to fill, while families around me exited contently with a single bag. Each time I approached her, I had this nagging fear that she would turn me down for exceeding the greed limit, but no. For the record, I DID leave a few of the (particularly mangled and unattractive) books there for others patrons.

Yeah, talk about judging a book by its cover... I'd only ever heard of a handful of the titles that I brought home. These are the library rejects, after all. No matter. If they're terrible literature, we won't feel bad about throwing them out. Otherwise, we've still managed to bulk up the Larsen family library for a negligible fee.


Ever since second grade, I've dreamed of having a library room like in Beauty and the Beast. I think we're finally on our way...

This is glee, sheer glee. Even without the love of books, this bargain gave me chills the rest of the day. Yipeeeee!

Kyle has forbidden me to purchase any more books for a year. It's been seven days, and excluding Goodwill's half-off sale and my community garage sale finds, I have kept good on his wish...

7 comments:

Mary said...

I love books.

Oh, and I would have called you, except my phone decided to take a bath in the washing machine, but we would love for you to stay here, unless I have to cook like you do. (j/k. I'll do my best).

SKISLN said...

You got the 20th Century Treasury!!!!! Jealousy, jealousy, ours is barely even still in this dimension it's so hashed after four kids. We tried to retire it once, but it didn't last. But, since I never go to book sales (and the final dirt-cheap day is on Sunday anyway) you've justly earned the book I covet. Hilarious about the Boo Boo Book though...

Heather said...

I LOVE it!

sara said...

Oh my goodness. I can't believe you got them for $1 a bag!!! I totally would've done the same thing. You'll never have to repeat a good night story ever! Awesome job!

Marilyn said...

Unbelievable!! Why would a library want to get rid of books? I'll never understand that. Lucky you!!

Mish said...

Eh, books are all right.

Stephanie said...

You crack me up! I think we're well on our way to the B&TB library as well. We have 3 full bookshelves, and that's just 2 people's collection (not to mention a couple of rubbermaid boxes in storage containing even more books)...now, to find an inexpensive, floor-to-ceiling, room-filling bookshelf! Preferably with a ladder :D