I love books and my city’s monthly, two-day library book sales. They are phenomenal. The sales feature mostly donated books and, let me tell you, the selection is wide and deep in every category. We are a well-read community.
But lately, for various reasons, I haven’t been able to make it to the first day of the sale when all the book dealers and serious collectors go to buy, but I have gone the second day…though I go with no high expectations. There’s a part of me that thinks, “Why bother? Everything has been picked over by hundreds of people.”
And that’s true. But there are still lots of books left, thanks in large part to the 12-book per person limit. So I go.
And inevitably I find vintage books that I think would be perfect for my store. Books that intrigue me. Books that have been overlooked. And I think, “How could this have been missed?” A cloth-covered, 1957 edition of “The Screwtape Letters” by C.S. Lewis. (I may keep this one!) And a thin 1959 paperback called “Miss Lonelyhearts,” which is apparently “A savage and reckless novel!”
And lately paperback mysteries have been calling me. Some from the big names. Some from authors I’ve never heard of. I’m bundling them together in my store. I mixed a Margery Allingham and a Colin Dexter with an Emma Lathen and a Peter Dickinson. This is a collection that would be perfect for a relaxing vacation by the shore. In fact, I want to take this collection and hang out at the shore!
So even on the second day of the sale, there were still lots of good books and it was so fun finding jewels amongst the flotsam! Do check out my store for more finds.
Would love to hear about your cool summer finds!