The annual big book sale has ended! I found so many great gems there. I ended up getting 23 books for only $45 bucks.
When I was younger, I used to go to Barnes and Noble every week my parents got paid and get a new book. Now that I’m older, I rarely go to traditional book stores. I actually haven’t been to a normal book store since high school, so some years.
Now, I frequent book sales where they sell used books for really cheap. Plus, you find rare gems that you can’t find in a book store. And, a lot of the time some of the books are brand new books, but you still get them for that dirt cheap price.
I also love the treasures you sometimes find in the books. I didn’t find any money or anything this time, but I found an old bus ticket from years ago in one of them.
The Friends of the San Francisco Public Library group does a big book sale every year.
Hardcover books are $3, Paperback are $2, Children/Teen books are $1 and Media is $1. Then on the last day, everything is dropped to ONE DOLLAR!
This was my first year going to the big book sale. I usually go to their dollar book sale they used to have every second Saturday in the Mission, but I had free time Friday and decided to check this book sale out.
The big book sale was held for a week at the Fort Mason Center Festival Pavilion.
I rode the 43 all the way from my university to the book sale.
I walked up to this large warehouse building, sitting right on the water by the Golden Gate Bridge, and was greeted by a woman at the door and given a map.
I was like a map? Wow. I looked around and saw why they had maps and shopping carts. It was HUGE. So many books. When they said Big Book Sale, they meant it wholeheartedly.
I sometimes get overwhelmed when I see a plethora of something, but seeing all of the tables of books brought me pure bliss. I was in heaven.
There were so many different books: children’s books, teen books, young adult books, essays, teaching books, textbooks, test books, cooking books, diet books, fiction books, non-fiction books, business books, religious books, cultural books, poetry books, hobby books, game books, science fiction books, autobiographies, and MUCH MORE.
I was shocked at how many Twilight books the teen section had. I already have the whole series though, so I didn’t buy any. I wish I didn’t have the series though, because I could have gotten each hardcover, brand new looking, book from the series for only a dollar each.
One of my favorite finds was the Adventures in Microwave Cooking cookbook because now I can experiment with microwave cooking more. Ha. I try to cook whatever I can in the microwave.
I spent two hours in there looking through a few tables of books. My budget was $40. If I had a bigger budget I would’ve been in there even longer. Haha.
I went over my budget by five dollars, and my goal was to put some back to meet my budget but i just could not part with any! I was going to get rid of What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen because it was a hardcover book, so it would have been three. But children and teen books were a dollar, so I had to get it. I was glad it was a dollar because I kept passing by it staring at its shiny new-ness.
I ended up finding so many classics and books I love but never got. Every time I picked a great one up I got a little giddy inside, and outside with smiles and laughs a little. Haha.
I then went to the register to pay. The volunteer cashier was nice. He told me all of the ones I found that he read like Ulysses, Tar Baby, and many of the others.
I stuffed the books into my backpack, and those that didn’t fit got put into a paper bag he gave me for free.
I’m already ready for the 2017 Big Book Sale. I may even volunteer. I just love books and being around books and around others that love books.
A LIST OF THE BOOKS I FOUND:
1. The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James -$2
2. The Color Purple by Alice Walker- $2
3. Adventures in Microwave Cooking (Cookbook) by Montgomery Ward-$3
4. Ulysses by James Joyce-$2
5. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne-$2
6. What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen-$1
7. Looking for Alaska by John Green-$1
8. Tar Baby by Toni Morrison-$2
9. The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald-$2
10. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden-$2
11. Beloved by Toni Morrison-$2
12. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston- $2
13. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad-$2
14. Lord of the Flies by William Golding-$2
15. Nobody Knows My Name by James Baldwin-$2
16. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey-$2
17. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway-$2
18. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain-$2
19. The Painted Bird by Jerzy Kosinski-$2
20. The House by the Medlar Tree by Giovanni Verga-$2
21.The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan-$2
22. Animal Farm by George Orwell
23. The Imperialist by Sara Jeanette Duncan-$2
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