Build a Home Library, Part One is for all the book junkies out there that aren’t satisfied with renting books from the library, but must own the books! I’m that way, I love reading, and I love public libraries, but there’s something about holding a paperback book in your hands that’s all your own. And e-books are great, but you can’t build a very interesting-looking library with e-books. Then there’s the financial end, because who wants to drop money on a bunch of $25 hardbacks?

What can I say? When it comes to books I can be a little materialistic.

Have I got a solution for you! It will take grueling hours; it will be an uphill battle. But it’s possible to build a grand library (“grand” may be a bit of a stretch) if you’re creative about the way you go about it.

Below are some of the ways you can find printed books for good deals.

1. Half Price Books

For one, Half Price Books sells brand new books at a discounted price, because of overflow and other reasons. But when I go to Half Price Books, I head straight for the clearance section of the store. One day I found several copies of Jane Austen books that were in fabulous condition, but only $2. When I’m searching in the clearance section, I’m not looking for specific titles, and that way I’m not disappointed with what I find. I’ve read some great books this way, and some pretty awful ones.

2. Goodwill

Let’s get even cheaper and head to the thrift stores. My theory on why there are always so many books there is because people bought into the ebook craze and threw out all their hard copies.

Probably not the case. But with $1 books for the picking, I don’t care how they got there. I’ve found titles like Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert there, as well as some cute children’s books.

3. Garage Sales

As we continue on our tour, you will find yourself looking into the strategy of garage sale-ing. We’re talking 25 cents for books in this avenue. I walked away with The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warner for a quarter, and The Portrait of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde for free, because the lady didn’t want to make change for a twenty. Bazinga!

4. Book Swaps

I don’t really do these because I like adding to my book collection, not changing it. But if you want some new titles and want to rid yourself of a few you own, this is an option to do with friends or fellow book club members. My friend Leah made me the happiest person on earth when she handed me a bag full of books she didn’t want anymore. Within the bag were classics like White Fang and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, as well as some Lemony Snicket books and random titles that I found quite enjoyable.

5. Public Library Sales

Bag some new titles for less than a dollar. I got The Count of Monte Cristo for a quarter (can you tell I enjoy the classics?). I’m all about supporting the local library. I think one year my family bought the original Taebo VHS from the library store. Those were some good times, but it goes to show you that you’re also not limited to books, so long as you have a VCR.

6. Book Fairs

I haven’t been to one of these since I was a kid, but I hear you get some good discounts at these.

Just thinking about them makes me want to go to one. Anyone know of any?

Well that all for today folks, next week I’ll share some good links for building the physical library in your home.

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