used books http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/10159/all en-US 5 Tips to Get the Most Out of a Library Sale http://www.wisebread.com/5-tips-to-get-the-most-out-of-a-library-sale <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-tips-to-get-the-most-out-of-a-library-sale" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/3479642579_02ab4bd71b.jpg" alt="book sale" title="book sale" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you're a book lover and a thrifty spender like myself, you're already familiar with library book sales. In which case, we can probably swap stories about getting elbowed out of the way to be the first to get to a <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/pages/books/bestseller/">hot bestseller</a>, or having to sit on a stack of great finds to keep the vultures from picking at books you've already picked out. Library sales aren't always for the faint of heart, and the huge selection plus low prices can be overwhelming. Follow these tips for a better trip next time:</p> <h3>Get there early</h3> <p>They know you mean business when you're in line at 9 a.m. on a Saturday. I find my fellow shoppers at that hour are often seasoned library sale vets and are a little more considerate. Plus, before the crowds pick up, you can sometimes have great conversations with the folks manning the sale, which can yield a deeper discount or a special book they've been hiding in the back.</p> <h3>Bring your own bags</h3> <p>If you can't carry it home, you can't buy it. I have to take a train and a bus to get to my library's main branch, which means it's pretty impossible for me to buy more than I can carry. If you're driving to your library, only using the bags you bring will help you rein yourself in.</p> <h3>Don't bring a ton of cash</h3> <p>At 50 cents and $1 a book, you can get a pretty hefty haul going for not a lot of money. And stick to it. Definitely don't rush up to your fiancé, grab the two books he has and add them to your already full three baskets, yelling, &quot;I'll man the books! You go to the ATM!&quot;</p> <h3>Commit yourself to just a few laps</h3> <p>As soon as you've pored over a table and come away with your finds, a librarian comes out with a full cart to replace the books you just took&hellip; so now you have to go back and look at those books. You could do this all day, but you're going to run out of time, cash, space in your bag, and patience. Quickly.</p> <h3>Ask yourself &quot;Will I read this?&quot; and answer honestly</h3> <p>If the voice in your head (what, don't we all have those?) says, &quot;I've been wanting to read this&quot; or &quot;Oooh my favorite author!&quot; or &quot;I wouldn't have paid full price for it, but I'll read it for $1&quot; then by all means put it in the basket. But if the words &quot;might&quot; or &quot;should&quot; come into play, leave it where it is. You don't need to waste even $1 on something you don't really want that will take up room on your shelf.</p> <p><b>Bonus tip:</b> Holy cow, is this a great place to find offbeat gifts. I got a girlfriend some <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Dangerous-Love-Sweet-Valley-High/dp/0553239384/ref=sr_1_26?s=STORE&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1283182917&amp;sr=1-26">Sweet Valley High</a> books at a library sale once, because we grew up reading and collecting them. I've used old cooking magazines to cull recipes for custom recipe books, and if you know anyone with a record player there are almost always really incredible albums for sale.</p> <p>Now that you know how to get the most out of a library sale, how do you know where to find them? Keep reading, of course:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.booksalefinder.com/">Book Sale Finder</a> &mdash; The site is crowded with ads, and a little disorganized, but it's pretty easy to drill down to your state and find sales you had no idea were happening all around you.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><a href="http://www.librarybooksales.org/">Library Book Sales</a> &mdash; Great for serious book collectors, this site lets you search specific books, topics, or libraries for older, nicer books.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Your local library's website &mdash; Some libraries, like the <a href="http://bpl.org/general/Friends/booksale.htm">Boston Public Library</a>, have book sales on certain days of the month so you'll always know when to go. Others have more fluid schedules, so be sure to check the site or call before you head out.</li> </ul> <p>You're armed with savvy tips and tricks to help you support your reading habit and your local library without abusing your wallet. Now you just have to figure out where to put all those books&hellip;</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-guestpost-blurb"> <div class="field-label">Guest Post Blurb:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This is a guest post by Jennifer Scott. By day, Jennifer is the Digital Communications Manager for <a href="http://www.perkstreet.com/">PerkStreet Financial</a>, filling their blog with awesome content about how to live well while living within your means. In her spare time she can be found in her kitchen creating frugal and amazing meals, on the couch reading a good book, or taking a run and pretending she enjoys it. Read more articles by Jennifer:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://blog.perkstreet.com/5-ways-to-not-respond-to-i-cant-afford-it">5 Ways to NOT Respond to &quot;I Can't Afford It&quot;</a></li> <li><a href="http://blog.perkstreet.com/movin-on-up/">Movin&rsquo; On Up</a></li> <li><a href="http://blog.perkstreet.com/little-things-mean-a-lot/">Little Things Mean a Lot</a></li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/jennifer-scott">Jennifer Scott</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-tips-to-get-the-most-out-of-a-library-sale">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-find-the-cheapest-college-textbooks">How to find the cheapest college textbooks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-great-frugal-gifts-for-booklovers">11 Great Frugal Gifts for Booklovers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/hard-copy-or-ebook-amazons-new-service-allows-you-to-buy-ebook-versions-of-hard-copies-you-own-for-c">Hard Copy or Ebook? Amazon&#039;s New Service Allows You to Buy Ebook Versions of Hard Copies You Own for Cheap</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-gen-x-last-minute-get-creative-xmas-present-alternative">The Gen X Last-Minute-Get-Creative Xmas Present Alternative</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-even-more-freebies-in-exchange-for-a-review">How to Get Even More Freebies in Exchange for a Review</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping books libraries used books Fri, 08 Oct 2010 12:00:06 +0000 Jennifer Scott 256801 at http://www.wisebread.com The Gen X Last-Minute-Get-Creative Xmas Present Alternative http://www.wisebread.com/the-gen-x-last-minute-get-creative-xmas-present-alternative <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-gen-x-last-minute-get-creative-xmas-present-alternative" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000007340686XSmall.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; I&rsquo;m not quite sure how this all started, but for most of my teens,&nbsp; twenties and thirties those I exchange xmas gifts with and I have given each other things in threes: music, book, and random. By music, book, random, I mean that each person on my list gets a book to read on winter nights, along with some music, and then something that can only be found in my neighborhood. Back in college this meant a used book, a tape I made myself, and some random item found in a .99 cent store: perhaps a candle or an ice scraper for the car windshield.</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Perhaps not everyone over the years has appreciated my gift giving tactics, but I&rsquo;ve heard few complaints. The magic of Christmas of course is in the giving and perhaps someone out there was waiting for just that book, song, or that bar of goat&rsquo;s milk soap. Who knows? </p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; And so I offer these suggestions for those of you , like me, who are long on intentions but short on cash. You might even explain your little bag of gifts as you give them. Knowing that thought went into everything really does overwhelm the receiver at times--in a good way. Generation X-ers seem to be particularly susceptible to this kind of giving and receiving.&nbsp; It some how goes with our ethos to have something to read and listen to and something completely inexplicable and rare. We like that. We respond well to anything that sounds not quite in the mainstream of things. We are our own cliche. So, following that logic, here is my last minute get creative Christmas gifts for the gen-Xer in your life:</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The book. Go to your nearest library and find the Friends of the Library sale. If you pay more than $1.00 for a book you paid too much. Go to libraries in nice areas or areas where you know there are book clubs. My advice is someplace with lots of old people. They religiously join book clubs, buy best sellers, and then turn them back in within a few weeks because they get up at 4 am to read and do so too quickly.&nbsp; If the almost new bestseller isn&rsquo;t to the taste of the recipient go for the kitsch value. I found my brother in law the sheet music booklet to Michael Jackson&rsquo;s Thriller album for a dime. A dime! Priceless indeed. Other finds of the season are a set of those damned Ladies Detective series for my mother and the new David Sedaris. The last two for a buck.&nbsp; Major score was a Mother&rsquo;s Encyclopedia from the 1950s with great color photos with collage potential for the craftster chicks on my list.</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The music. Now over the years this has definitely been one of those things that has evolved. I no longer make tape compilations with handmade labels. I no longer make CDs with embossed seal makers either. I let iTunes gift cards do the work of it instead. But giving a $10 or $15 gift card is so impersonal and doesn&rsquo;t say anything to the recipient about music that you think they&rsquo;d like. Remember too that odds are your friend or relative's musical experiments stopped with either high school, college, or graduate school graduation depending on how far they got in life educationally speaking. Their tastes have fossilized. When they buy new music if at all, they buy the new record by their favorite balding, now corpulent rocker of old.&nbsp; So now you have the chance to save them from themselves and give them back some dignity in the process. If you don&rsquo;t give them suggestions they&rsquo;ll just go and download an old Joe Jackson record (with new bonus tracks!). Help guide their purchases for some contemporary street cred.&nbsp; I wrap up the gift card&nbsp; in a nifty list of my top ten suggestions for them to purchase with the gift card based on their past musical taste and where I think they should be headed. </p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; So, my recipients this year who liked twangy and ethereal chick singers of the 80s and 90s are getting suggestions of the new Jenny Lewis or She &amp; Him for example. It makes aging Gen-Xers feel good about their aging irrelevance to say they own something that came out in 2008. Help them help themselves. And if they are gay, Mexican, your grandfather or all three? You can&rsquo;t go wrong with suggesting Eydie Gorme&rsquo;s Personalidad.&nbsp; That gives them retro street cred. Timeless.</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; There&rsquo;s not an alternative, hipster, gen-Xer worth his or her salt that doesn&rsquo;t buy into the mantra of think globally, act locally. This is as engrained in our heads as Schoolhouse Rock songs about grammar and government or the Indian Chief crying at all the litter by the river bank in those seventies commercials. So buy your recipient something that is only made in your town. For my family that means goat milk soap and beef jerky (jalapeno flavored). We give the soap to the vegetarians and the jerky to the beef eaters. End of story. These two companies don&rsquo;t even have a website. You can only find their products where we live. Giving those relatives one of a kind gifts like that mean that they have bragging rights at work. (&ldquo;See this jerky? It comes from these special cows found only in Plumas County...&rdquo;). Our generation always wants to feel unique. And voila. For 5 bucks, you just helped them feel different from the rest.</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; So these three items go in a used gift bag or a lunch bag painted Christmas-y. And there you have it. If done correctly, you shouldn&rsquo;t have spent more than $16-20 tops. Depending on your sense of propriety (music downloads) this might even be cheaper.&nbsp; And of course you could just do one of the three.&nbsp; If done really well, you may not have even had to leave the house for more than 30 minutes. Happy Holidays.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/maggie-wells">Maggie Wells</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-gen-x-last-minute-get-creative-xmas-present-alternative">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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