Update:Today, Monday the 3rd, is the last day for the store. 10.00 a bag sale continues from 9-5.
I thought I’d give you a little update on the closing sale at Once Sold Tales in Kent. I’ve written about this fun, used book spot before, but Jen from ThriftyNorthwestMom got all the scoop on the closing. The silver lining is that they’re going out with a pretty amazing sale.
Kids books are just 1.50 a pound, Plus kids can get any 5 for free (This is a program they’ve done for a while now. To be totally honest, I forgot about it, and we just paid for ours, but at a 1.50 a pound I was fine with it)! Other titles are 1.00 a piece for paperbacks, 2.00 for hardcovers, or you can go Tuesday-Thursday and get ’em for 10.00 a bag.
Now, this is one crazy place to shop. There are two big Warehouses crammed floor to ceiling with books, and they’re not organized by alphabet, or subject, or really any system you could figure out by yourself.
So, you have a few choices
-Go and browse and discover titles that appeal to you. They have Half a Million titles left, so your odds are good!
-Look up titles you’re interested in either before you go on their website, or when you get to the store on one of several computers. Once you have the sku, you can find the books on the shelves, or someone can help you. You can also try emailing your list in advance, and the staff Might have time to pull them for you. We looked up the books my oldest was after in the store, and a very nice girl walked us around the warehouse to find them. Now, they aren’t updating their web site right now, so it’s possible you’ll get some skus on your list that will turn out not to be on the shelves when you get there, but again-there are half a million books to choose from!
If there is one section going fast, it’s the small children’s area as you come in. There are still lots of popular series titles available-Little House, Boxcar Children, Goose Bumps….but individual titles were getting pretty picked over. My older son’s books all came out of the back warehouse, so at some point they start shelving young adult titles elsewhere. I tried to convey the slightly chaotic situation in the children’s room in the pic below. As you can see, it didn’t bother Henry a bit! But, yeah-this probably not an event for everyone-but I think that’s true of thrifty shopping in general.
Bring your spirit of adventure, and bring some reusable tote bags (they did have boxes available when we were there). Most of all-spread the word to used book lovers you know (This is a Great opportunity for home schoolers)! The sale runs until the 31st, and after that the books get turned to pulp, which just makes my book loving heart a little achy.
If you’d like still more info. on this event, you can read Jen’s post over at ThriftyNorthwestMom and see what she and her girls scored! My boys have already made off with their finds, so no pic of those!