Mega Thrifting Book Haul Part Four: My Library Sale Experience

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Over the past few weeks, I’ve shared the books I purchased in a recent thrifting Mega Haul (check out Part One, Part Two, and Part Three). In Part Three, I listed all of the books that I got at the second day of the library book sale where you could stuff as many books into a plastic bag as you could for only $5! In this post, I’ll tell you a little more about my experience.

The Experience:

The library opened at 9:30 a.m. I expected a few people to be there, but when I came a minute before it opened, around twenty people were already lined up in front of the doors. Once we got in, one of the library workers gave us a plastic bag (which they use to compare sizes–it’s not fair if someone uses a plastic bag and another person brings a garbage bag). Then, we all headed back to the book room filled wall to wall with boxes of books for every age.

When I walked in, the sale was already crazy! A bunch of recent DVDs were in the room and a lady swiped them all into her bag. Let me tell you, I’ve shopped both Lilly for Target (where the clothes sold out within minutes) and a Plato’s Grab Bag sale (where clothes littered the floor after a few minutes) and I’d have to say, this was almost as crazy.

Since I checked out the sale on the first day, when books were individually priced, I knew the general places of the sections I wanted to go. Most of the books were picked over from the first day, but I still had my eye on some books that I wasn’t so sure about or wouldn’t pick up normally, so I was excited to see if they were still left.

One series on the top of my list was the Babysitter’s Club. I loved the Babysitter’s Club when I was younger, but I either gave away or sold my books when I outgrew them. I didn’t buy them on the first day because there were so many and even though the books weren’t that expensive, it would really add up if I purchased all of them. Luckily for me, all of the Babysitters Club books and its spin off series Little Sister were still there. I managed to stuff most of the 60 books into one bag!

I also brought an empty tote bag (I wasn’t sure if they would give us bags, so I brought it in case) and I looked around the picture books and YA sections for a first round. Any books that wouldn’t fit in my plastic bag, I threw in my tote bag. By time time, my grandmother already finished looking for books, so I brought all of my books out to a cleared area so she could organize them within the bag and fit them into additional bags she picked up at the front.

Once my arms were free, I went back in for more to get a better look at books I initially passed up. Since I overflowed into another bag, I decided to look for books that I wasn’t sure about or books my sister shoved into my hands during her hunt. I was happy to pick up a few historical fiction, nonfiction, and classic books, which I never reach for first. In addition, I found a lot of great picture books, many by Tomie de Paola (who I don’t usually pick up because I always see so many of them, but I know I can’t get them all and I can’t bear to choose).

The Result: 

At the end of the sale, I filled almost two bags of a little over 100 books. In total, my grandmother, sister, and I filled three bags of books. We calculated the actual retail price and if we purchased all of our books in the book store we would have paid around $630.00 (most likely this price is off since several of the books did not have a price that was easily found online) for $15, which is 98% savings. We paid $15.00 in total, or about $0.10 per book. My sister found the best deals–she bought a lot of hardcover books originally priced around $20.00 for only $0.10 each!

Why this is my favorite book sale:

  • Many retired teachers work in my local library system, so for the library sale they empty their old classroom libraries. This gives a great selection of books for my future classroom!
  • All the proceeds go to the public library, so this sale will help upkeep the library and allow for new books to be added to the collection. Everyone in the county benefits!


Where is your favorite place to thrift books? 


Mega Thrifting Book Haul Part One: Picture Books

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Recently, I traveled to two Goodwills, a local thrift store, and my library’s annual book sale. I found so many great books, I’ve decided to split my haul into four posts! In this post, I’ll share some of the picture books I purchased from the thrift stores and from the first day of the library sale. In the next post, I’ll share the middle grade and young adult books I bought from the thrift stores and the first day of the library sale. In the final haul post, I will share all of the books I bought on the $5 bag day of library book sale. I’ll conclude with a post on the overall experience of the library sale–my favorite book sale of the year! If I remember correctly, I stuffed over 100 books for myself, plus a few books for my sister and grandmother, into two bags!

Here are the picture books from the thrift stores and the first day of the library sale:

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxbury

We’re Going on an Egg Hunt by Laine Mitchell and Louis Shea

This book follows the same style of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, so I thought this would be a great addition to my future classroom for students who enjoyed that book. 

The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch

This is one of my favorite children’s books, so it was definitely a great find. 

The Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen

I’ve always heard a lot about this book, but never read it myself. It’s a great story, so I’m glad I picked it up!

Natasha Wing

  • The Night Before St. Patrick’s Day 
  • The Night Before New Year’s
  • The Night Before Preschool

I got the Night Before Kindergarten and really enjoyed it, so it was great to find a few more books just like it!

Clifford’s First Snow Day by Norman Birdwell

Biscuit and the Little Pup by Alyssa Satin Capucilli

Pat the Cat’s Big Book by Colin and Jacqui Hawkins

Tog the Dog’s Big Book by Colin and Jacqui Hawkins

Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman

Laura Numeroff Mini-Books

  • If You Give a Moose a Muffin
  • If You Take a Mouse to School 
  • If You Give a Cat a Cupcake 

Duck for President by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin (mini book)

The Going to Bed Book by Sandra Boynton

Jan Brett

  • Goldilocks and the Three Bears
  • The Hat
  • The Mitten
  • Town House Country Mouse
  • Comet’s Nine Lives
  • Who’s that Knocking on Christmas Eve?

Jan Brett’s books are so beautifully illustrated and they can be used so many ways in the classroom. Luckily, I found quite a few during my past few hauls. 

The Three Billy Goat’s Gruff by Stephen Carpenter

I loved this book when I was younger, so I’m glad that I found a copy to enjoy now!

Adventures of Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle

I already have the board book of this, but I couldn’t pass it up when I found the paperback version. 

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin

Rumble in the Jungle by Giles Andreae and David Wojtowycz

I already hauled Commotion in the Ocean before, so I was happy to find this book. 

The Girl who loved Wild Horses by Paul Goble

Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina

Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey

Dr. Seuss

  • The Cat in the Hat
  • Oh, the Places You’ll Go!
  • Green Eggs and Ham
  • ABC

I think I mentioned this in a previous post, but before I wasn’t a huge Dr. Seuss fan, but now some of his books are my favorite children’s book. Oh! The Places You’ll Go is one of my all-time favorite children’s books, so I was really excited to find it at my library’s book sale. 

The Patchwork Quilt by Valeries Flournoy

I used this book in a unit plan that I wrote for class, but I didn’t have a copy of my own. I’m so glad I found this one!

You are Special by Max Lucado

I love this book so much, it has such a great message! Even though it’s a picture book, it will touch readers of all ages. 

The Knight and the Dragon by Tomie DePaola

Tomie DePaola is a well-known children’s author, but I haven’t really read many of his books. The illustrations in this one looked really cute, so I decided to pick it up!

Schnitzel von Krumm Forget-Me-Not by Lynley Dodd

I know I’ve read this book before, but I can’t remember where. It’s really cute though, so I’m glad that I can add it to my collection!

Around the World We Go! By Margaret Wise Brown

The Very Fairy Princess: Sparkles in the Snow by Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton


What books have you thrifted recently?