Aaah I don't know about you guys but I did see some signs of Spring last weekend...it gives me hope that we just might have one coming our way!
I recently came upon a few gift-giving occasions where a good book was in order (one was for a baby shower & another for my hubbies Easter basket). I LOVE books! And I think they make a really great gift and I love recieving them too!
When you give a book as a gift you have to put thought into it, know the reader and alot of times the book you give has really meant alot to you too. Here is the thing....while I find great value IN a book I don't want to pay a great value FOR the book. I like cheap books....I like them alot....I like used books....I think the more they are used (i.e LOVED) they more meaningful they are. Here are the few places I get good - cheap- books!
THRIFT STORES/GOOD WILL - Hello to tons of books for under a dollar. Granted you do have to dig, but heck for a good deal I'll roll up my sleeves. Sometimes the thrill of the hunt OR the thrill of finding that $1 book is the color of the day and is now 50% off is true wind that blows up your skirt! This is the way I got my hands on "What To Expect the First Year" (80 cents my friends!).
SWAPTREE.COM - I love this site. I read about it in a magazine article that was discussing sites that you can trade things on. Swaptree caught my attention. You can trade Books, Movies, Games & Music for the mere cost of a trade fee (25-50 cents a trade) and the cost of postage. You make a list of stuff you have and a list of stuff that you want and Swaptree connects you to other traders that have the stuff you want. I have traded MANY a book/DVD for a mere $3 (trade fee + postage) I've said goodbye to The Little Black Book (stupidest movie ever) and hello to "Eat, Love, Pray" (again on my To Read list) or with a multiple copy of Pride & Prejudice (the book) I got to say good bye to Mr. Darcy and HELLO! to Johnny Depp in Chocolat.
I new love I just recently found is Thrift Books. This is what keeps me hooked on them : FREE SHIPPING to anywhere in the US and the more you buy the more you save. They have warehouses all over the US and if you buy more than one book from the same warehouse than you get additional savings. Granted this can be a very dangerous offer to someone like me, instead of purchasing the one book I went there to get - I bought another - just to see...I was very happy. If you friend them on Facebook you get a heads up on deals & they send out additional coupon codes!
Other sites that I check frequently are Amazon & eBay. I was able to get a book club read off of eBay once and the purchase of that book helped a public library in Pheonix, I felt warm & fuzzy inside.
Where do you get your books? Are there any good sites/stores that I missed (or gasp!) not aware of?
Shout it out and let me know!