Have I mentioned I like books? Oh yeah, yesterday. Here’s my favorite way to get them. Sure, I do read some on my phone and iPad, I buy from Amazon and brick and mortar bookstores, but the best way is a good used book sale, the kind put on all around the country as fundraisers. Today I attended such a sale at the Princeton Country Day School put on by an alumni society from Bryn Mawr and Wellesley colleges to raise money for scholarships to those schools. It’s an annual affair, but this is only the third time I’ve been. Here’s the line going into the sale at the opening, a surprisingly short one, we all fit into this hallway.
There were two large rooms full of tables packed with books. I spent most of my time in this one looking through the childrens’ books and science fiction, as well as “old and unusual.” The other room had mostly non-fiction, I had a quick look but didn’t get anything there.
Here’s more of the children’s section. Princeton is a well-to-do area, and that means lots of choice hardcovers and brand new paperbacks at their sale.
It can be overwhelming, but with not too many other people looking, I had time to go through everything a few times to get what I wanted. Some book sales I’ve been to have been mob scenes. Of course, this was the second day of the sale. On the first day you pay $20 to get in. Nope. Not for me. I’m looking for good reading at a bargain price!
Here’s what I brought home for $23. A few are for Ellen, but most will go on my “to be read” shelf and end up reviewed here. There were no breathtaking finds, but quite a few good books that I’ll enjoy reading. And the money goes to a worthy cause, so it’s a win-win.