Thrifting For Books

With my favorite used bookstore out of business, and the other used bookstore in town being very unfriendly toward children, we have to hit the thrift stores to find used books. Right now is perfect, as many teachers are cleaning their classrooms in preparation for the school year. Between Goodwill and The Salvation Army this afternoon we brought home 30 books for $18.

Some of these are for us to read to the boys, some are early readers, other will be for them to read later (such as A Cricket in Times Square which we already read to them). A few are books just for us grown-ups, and a couple are for our homeschool lending library.

Rootabaga Stories (Part I) by Carl Sandburg
Tales from King Arthur edited by Andrew Lang
Cinderella and Other Stories from "The Blue Fairy Book" (unabridged) by Andrew Lang
The Trolley Car Family by Eleanor Clymer
Ronia, The Robber's Daughter by Astrid Lindgren
The Cricket on the Hearth and Other Christmas Stories by Charles Dickens (unabridged)
Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggin
The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden
Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan (HC)
When We were Very Young by A.A. Milne (HC)
The Foot Book by Dr. Suess (HC)
The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White
Our First Pony by Marguerite Henry (HC)
Andy and the Lion by James Daugherty (Caldecott winner)
The Big Snow by Bert and Elmer Hader (Caldecott winner)
Dragonsong by Anne McCaffrey
The Strange Disappearance of Arthur Cluck by Nathaniel Benchley, illustrated by Arnold Lobel (HC)
Andrew Henry's Meadow by Doris Burn (HC)
Tales from Shakespeare by Charles and MaryLamb
The Breastfeeding Answer Book published by La Leche League (1997 edition)
Living, Loving, and Learning by Leo Buscaglia
The Mother Trip by Ariel Gore
Joshua Firstborn by Frances Karlen Santamaria (1st edition, dust cover intact)
The United States of Walmart by John Dicker
Better late Than Early by Raymond S. Moore and Dorothy N. Moore (2 copies, one for me and one for the homeschool library)
A Star Wars book (pre-Episode 1)
A Chimp in the Family by Charlotte Becker
The Lamb and the Butterfly by Arnold Sundgaard, illustrated by Eric Carle


Blissfulbee said…
I get probably 85% of my books used on ebay! I love being able to find it and have it here so fast. It doesnt beat thrifting, because that is a discovery process, but it sure is fun when you suddenly want to find a particular book.
APKimberMama said…
I just ordered a lot of "Brand New Readers" off eBay. I rarely buy books there though; I'm too impatient to wait for auctions to end and I hae paying shipping. The books I bought were on "Buy It Now".

I've bought from as well. But usually I stick to used bookstores and thrifting, and then purchase books new either from Amazon, because their prices are often times very good or from Barnes and Noble with the educator's discount.

We have a regional mall about 25 minutes away, and they used to have a remainder bookstore (same as Book Warehouse but with a bigger selection ). When the boys were younger we'd go there often on the way to visit grandparents.
APKimberMama said…
Oh yeah, I was just thinking that even from a used bookstore these books would have been at least $75.

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