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I love second hand book sales.  One of my favourites was today.  Fifty cents a book for children’s books (let’s get those kids reading!), a dollar for soft cover adult books and three dollars for a hard-cover. Who can beat that price?

What I love about these book sales is that you can buy books from all over the map – and often not what you might be looking for in the first place.  I don’t have the luxury of spending 15 dollars on a “maybe” book.  But one dollar – you bet! You can see where the older best sellers are though – they had many copies of Girl with a Dragon Tattoo and Eat, Pray, Love (I saw the movie – a lot of meh).  This year though, they had fewer options for kids.  My daughter was a bit disappointed, because the Nancy Drew was non-existent.  Sometimes that is the luck of the second-hand draw. In the end though she found an awesome book about sewing!

We spent 20 dollars (it was actually 23 but it was the end of the night, the lady working the cash was tired and did not want to make change) and what did we get?

Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke.

Beauty Tips from Moose Jaw by Will Ferguson

Queen Bees and Wannabees by Rosalind Wiseman

Something Rotten by Jasper Fforde (although I had trouble remembering if I read it or not.)

Slow Death by Rubber Duck by Rick Smith and Bruce Lourie.

The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen.

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

The Encyclopedia of Sewing Machine Techniques.

Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg


Hello Whale! Written by the Scholastic Machine Writers.

Thomas and the Naughty Diesel by…well, whoever writes for Golden books.

Biscuit Finds a Friend by Alyssa Satin Capucilli (because we are all about puppies these days).

A small French/English dictionary and a small English Dictionary because all of our other ones are gigantic and not homework friendly.

Captain Canuck comic (woot!)

Three-D Dinosaur book that looks like it may have been a freebie to start off with.

Computers by Alan Trussell-Cullen. From like 1986.  Did you know you could save information on a CASSETTE TAPE?!  Much hilarity to ensue in the coming days as my husband quotes from this book.

Brady Brady and the MVP by Mary Shaw and Chuck Temple.

Gladiators by Richard Watkins (which actually looks kinda cool).

Discover Life Long Ago.

Getting Around – Animal Marvels

Clifford Halloween Parade by normal Bridwell

So much fun. So many books (and there were so many more at the sale…)  Looking forward to some happy reading! After our trip to the library tomorrow, of course.


Written by pennyinacastle

February 28, 2015 at 4:02 am

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