As I’ve mentioned in the past, my husband and I are currently trying to move, and downsize at that. So we’ve been really trying to cut back on buying tangible things that we don’t need. But a fun habit we’ve been getting into is hitting up some of the local thrift stores every so often and grabbing a few kids books that catch our eye to build our home library.
Our main choices are usually Berenstain Bear books and Dr. Suess. We’ve started to amass a pretty healthy collection considering we don’t have any kids yet. But we love the idea of having a mini library all ready to go for when we do have children. I was a huge book worm as a child and I hope to pass on that love to my kids. But books can be so expensive. So that is where thrifting comes in.
Our favorite spots to search for books have been:
Kids books are 59c. This is where we have gotten the most of our books considering we can walk to the local Goodwill.
The kids books are 99c, but if you buy 4 you get the 5th free. I know it’s a gimmick to get me to spend more, but it works just about every time. I generally find more hardcover books at this store.
The Salvation Army
I honestly cannot remember how much the books cost normally, but I do know that on Saturdays all books are 25c, including adult and hardcover.
Mom & Pop Thrift Stores
These are usually more hit and miss than the larger chains, however when you do find good kids books there I’ve found them to generally be about 25c.
Like mom & pop thrift stores, these are also hit and miss. Some sales I went to were practically giving away their books and another I stopped at wanted $2 for each.
Tips for finding books in good shape:
Go Early in the Day
While many places will stock throughout the day, the majority of the new items will be put out in between opening times.
Look in All Book Areas
I’m not sure if it’s other customers that do this, or if the individuals shelving the books aren’t really paying attention, but I tend to find kids books throughout the book section. And sometimes in other areas of the stores.
Check the Book Inside and Out
Make sure to check both the cover and flip through the interior pages. Sometimes a book that looks brand new on the outside has crayon and missing pages on the inside. I don’t mind buying a book with a name written in the front, but anything beyond that I put the book back.
Go in Spring or Fall
While any time of the year is really fine for thrifting, I’ve had the best luck in the spring and fall. The spring everyone is doing spring cleaning and donating after their garage sales are over. In the fall, parents are re-evaluating the reading level their kids are at with school starting, and generally donate books then as well to make room for their new school materials.
Those are my tips for my growing mini library. Have you had any luck finding kids books at thrift stores? Any other tips or suggestions?