The flyers claimed there would be 12,000 items, which...I guess is theoretically possible, but it sure looked more like an average-sized library sale. The one in March was much bigger. Definitely worth a trip, but when your entire set of YA novels doesn't even fill one long table, you will get minimal kudos from me. Aside from the obvious kudos of "I love all your hard work and dedication, Friends of the Library, never stop having these."
On the other hand, I felt a simultaneous sense of relief that the sale looked mostly like true culls -- there was little to no gold in that room that made me weep inside for the loss to the system. I'd feel better about that if they hadn't decided to put "Some books removed by a bookseller" on their listing, like, I do not appreciate your honesty, can't you let me browse in peace instead of being haunted by visions that 1960s children's books featuring dogs and horses were snatched away like the golden pieces of 8 they are?
Anyway, these are the things that I bought. Each were a dollar:
1. Sled Dog Trails - Mary Shields (paperback): Never heard of it, but apparently it's the autobiography of the first woman to complete the Iditarod. And since it also promises to "capture all the beauty of Alaska," I was sold. Copyright 1984, 1988 publication. Also, after I got it home, found out it's signed by the author!
2. Mini Shopaholic - Sophie Kinsella: Because it was so BRIGHT and COLORFUL and SHINY and NEW and I cannot believe I paid a quarter to jump the request queue and rent it for a day only a year ago. They must have been overstocked with copies, because it's in perfect condition. And now I have both my favorite Shopaholic books. :)
3. Term Paper - Ann Rinaldi: SUPER EXCITING FIND. Her first novel (1980 printing), out of print, I just read it for the first time last year, and even then I said, AND I QUOTE, "Note to self: out of print, buy at library sale someday." BLAMMO. There's still one copy left in the system, god bless the little old downtown library, but the cheapest copy Bookfinder turned up is $13.
Would you like me to introduce you to my guardian book angels? Well, I don't know their names, but their sole purpose in (life?) is to guide important books into my hands. They're very good at it.
So, that ties for the smallest number of books I've ever picked out of a library sale where I didn't leave empty-handed. But because this was a different library location than my usual haunts, one that's too far to visit regularly, I took a peek at their regular used-books-for-sale corner. And promptly found EVEN MORE TREASURE. The first two were a dollar each, the second one was a paperback at 50 cents, and the last one was on a special cart of 25-cent juvenile paperbacks! :D
4. Megan's Beat - Lou Willet Stanek: Apparently it's 2-for-1 out-of-print 80s day! I think it's weird that my library would pull this copy and ship it to another branch for sale instead of just putting it in their own bookstore, but serendipitous that I caught it. I just read this in January**! I didn't totally love it, now that I look back, but I am developing this weird, obsessive, and worrisome need to provide a retirement home for all the tough little YA crusaders who lasted 25-30 years in the current system where a book is typicaly over the hill and marked for death within a decade.
**Ironic reading list blurb is ironic: *gasp* An 80s book survived the library's purge system! *tackle-hugs*
5. Birkin - Joan Phipson: Because when you find a 1965 children's book set in Australia about children on a farm raising a Black Angus calf (named Birkin), how do you argue? It's an ex-school-library edition with a child's name printed on an inside page, library stamps all over and the checkout pocket brutally ripped off the paper, but otherwise it's in good shape.
6. A Nostalgic Almanac - Edna Hong. A 1980 paperback (the sort that looks like it was sold in gift shops) memoir focusing on a year of her childhood on a Wisconsin farm in 1920. Looked like an interesting read.
7. The Stone Pony - Patricia Culvert. YAY, I GOT A HORSE STORY AFTER ALL! A front cover summary, in dramatic 80s paperback fashion: When her sister died, JoBeth swore she'd never get close to anyone again -- but a horse doesn't know the meaning of never..."
It was apparently once ex-library, judging by the stamp on the side of the pages for Annie E. Sterline Branch Library (apparently in Pennsylvania!) and a York County stamp, but there is no other trace of that, which is excellent.
And what a reasonble stack of $5.75 worth of books looks like from the side:
And NOW I am cut off from buying books
I'm kidding. It's probably only 5%.