Thursday, November 4, 2010

TGIF: It's open season . . . on books!

Here in North Idaho, some of us hunt for deer and elk. Others stalk the next fabulous political thriller or historical epic. It's no secret that most writers are also avid readers. But constantly buying books has an alarmingly slimming effect on the wallet, especially in this current economy. That's where used-book sales come in. To refresh your memory, here are five reasons to love a used-book sale:

(1) It’s like a treasure hunt. You never know when you’ll stumble across the book or author that will change your life—or at least brighten a few of those dull winter evenings that will be upon us soon.

(2) You can experiment with unfamiliar genres or unknown authors without shelling out major bucks. Whether your choice turns out to be a hit or a miss, your investment has been small, and no matter what, the funds go to a worthy cause.

(3) You can study the competition on the cheap. Want to write mysteries? Bring home a whole bagful of them and analyze what makes each story succeed or fail. (And unlike library books, you can underline, highlight, and scribble in the margins.)

(4) At a used-book sale, you’ll mix and mingle with like-minded people—your “tribe”—which is great fun until you notice someone reaching for the exact same volume that you have your eye on. In which case,

(5) You’ll sharpen your competitive book-browsing skills and enjoy the thrill of the chase when you bag that favorite book before anyone else does.

If you’re a used-book enthusiast, you're in for a treat this weekend! Check out these sales, all taking place on Saturday, November 6:

The East Bonner County Library Book Sale, 1407 Cedar St., Sandpoint, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 208-263-6930

The Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale at the Hayden Library, 8585 N. Government Way, Hayden Lake, 208-772-5612

The Priest River Library Book Sale, 205 High St., Priest River, 208-448-2207

Also be sure to click on the Events tab above to learn about area book signings and other events.

Happy hunting!

1 comment:

Jan Cline said...

Awesome! Thanks for the heads up. I hardly ever buy books for full price...we writers could go broke with our addiction to books, so these kinds of sales are great!