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Book lovers rummage sale

April 5, 2011 - Jodelle Greiner
When I moved to town, I needed a couch. The logical solution to the problem was to hit the rummage sales. I did find a good couch for a decent price, but I had to go to a bunch of sales. I was willing to do that to save money on the couch, which is a pretty big purchase, even at a rummage sale. It wouldn’t make sense to go to a bunch of sales for a smaller item, like a specific book or set of books.

It got me to thinking: wouldn’t it be cool to have a book lovers rummage sale?

Bookworms need a constant supply of books, but store prices are astronomical and sometimes there’s a wait to get the book you want at the library. I admit, I like buying books and being able to read at my leisure.

But that presents a problem of what to do with those books after you’ve read them and you have no desire to keep them. You could donate them to the library, Twelve Baskets or Salvation Army, but after spending all that money, I like getting a little back. The closest used book store I know of that buys back books is in Mankato.

It would be great to have a local used book store that buys back books, but the next best thing would be a rummage sale that was nothing but books.

Pick a location and a date and everybody who wants to could bring their books. Everybody runs their own stand and keeps their own money. The big draw is that book lovers have the convenience of one-stop shopping to look at all those books.

I see a lot of potential with this. People could save up books for the sale and more people could take part, both as sellers and buyers, each year. It could become an annual or semi-annual event if it really takes off.


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