I found two welcome surprises when out walking yesterday:
- The neighborhood sharing bin has ebbed and flowed with assorted items but has never contained many books. But things are changing! A good selection of literature, and non fiction. interestingly the mysteries I had left are gone after sitting there for a while. Definitely a step in the right direction and more genre fiction will be added as I read through my shelf.
- Dollarama finally has sketchbooks in again. These were in stock in the summer and then when I went back for more they were out of stock. But right now there is a good supply in. When I can pay $3 for a sketchbook with 80 sheets of 60-pound paper in the preferred 9 by 12 size, I’m SOOOO there.
I figure this means I can spend more money on other supplies from specialty stores.
What’s YOUR take on this debate about shopping from local stores versus discount places? Are you firmly in one camp or the other, or like me split between the two? I’d love to hear!
Drop Everything and Read is a program that encourages everyone to commit to doing just that, for 20 minutes. As a homeschooling extended family we are pretty conscientious about reading at least 20 minutes every day. But it’s certainly easier when there’s a good supply of reading material.
Our library has an even better than free book sale. It goes on all weekend about four times a year.
They cunningly have different price points. Saturday you pay to get in and then have the best pick of all the books. Sunday morning you get in for free and buy the books (think it’s a dollar for pocket books and kids’ books and $2 or $3 for hardbacks and trade paperbacks).
Perhaps the best time to go is Sunday afternoon, when you pay $10 to get in but it’s an all you can eat buffet, so no agonizing. Yup, they ACTUALLY let you take ALL THE BOOKS YOU CARE TO READ!!!
We filled a large suitcase in minutes, and then went on to fill all our tote bags too. Eventually the volunteers started passing out boxes and in the last few minutes one of them walked around urging everyone to “Take more than you want! Please!!” At home I counted about 40 books for my shelf, then got tired of counting. See photo for a clue to why.
It was a great experience to go as a family, as the sale was in an arena so there was plenty of space and no anxieties about losing track of the little ones. Also it was heart-warming to see them finding books for themselves and ones they thought other family members would enjoy. There were even board books for the baby!
Victoria boasts one other epic used book sale every May, the famous Times-Colonist Book Sale, with proceeds going to literacy programs. This is considered better than Christmas by all local bibliophiles.
We’re blessed too by a number of street book boxes, so as I read through my pile I either pass to friends or recycle in the book box in our neighborhood. So far I’ve dropped off two books I realized I’d already read, some fiction and a book telling you how to make liquid soap which totally cured me of wanting to ever try doing it! Interestingly, that was picked up by someone else very quickly.
We still go to the library but the kids are more amenable to taking just a few books out at a time so this has cut the stress of looking for misplaced books on the day they’re due back. Or they will put holds on books by the authors they found through grabbing books at the sale.