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Best library sales

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maj 5, 2008, 9:40pm

Some libraries keep an ongoing sale of books within the library. For example, at the East Hampton library you can buy paperbacks for a quarter each. However, they are usually very old and in poor condition. But it made me curious to find which libraries have the best ongoing sales. Know of some?

maj 6, 2008, 7:17pm

The Bethany library has an ongoing sale. They have about 100 books in stock :)

maj 7, 2008, 8:05am

Simsbury has one, but both times I looked I didn't see anything worth buying. On the other hand, I've probably bought a couple dozen books or more at my own library, but it's hit or miss. There's a lot of crap on the shelves mixed in with the gems. Everything is in mint shape, though. But it's $1 for trade paperbacks and $3 for the hardcovers. They have a special, though, buy 3 hardcovers for $7.

maj 7, 2008, 8:31am

For those who haven't found it yet, the Book Sale Finder site lists library sales, both ongoing and event. I tend to hit the event sales, rather than the ongoing ones, but either way it's bad for my pocketbook (and my TBR mountain).

maj 7, 2008, 5:47pm

Thanks for the information.

And cabegley thanks for sharing that great link!

maj 7, 2008, 6:20pm

I was a bigger fan of the event sales than the ongoing ones too, and I'm not sure where all of you are located in CT but I must recommend the one in Newtown SO highly. I almost didn't go last summer because it was farther than I usually let myself travel for book sales (and there is a small entry fee, I think), but it was enormous and I got a ton of stuff. It's at a school and there are two gymnasium-type rooms completely full of books (one fiction, one non) plus a few smaller rooms and hallway space for records, some nonfiction, and special/older/rare books.

maj 7, 2008, 11:14pm

Yes, thanks Cabegley for that (colorful) link on upcoming book sales. The Bridgeport sale starting friday, looks interesting.

maj 9, 2008, 1:01pm

#6 - When is the Newtown sale usually held? Same time each year?

maj 9, 2008, 1:13pm

Looks like this year it is running from July 12 to 16. The admission is only for the first day. I must have really wanted first pick! If you click the link for book sales in June and beyond you can see the specifics.

Redigerat: okt 15, 2011, 9:51pm

I went to the Danbury sale today - 100,000+ titles. 'Plenty of awesome books. 1/2 price tomorrow!

dec 11, 2011, 4:13pm

Mansfield Library has library book sales twice a year and the lines go out the door and down the street! They now have people parking down the road at the middle school and bus them in, because there is no parking. You have to wrestle with book dealers who come in and scoop up arms full early on, but I still manage to fight my way through and find something good.

The next one will happen March 31 & April 1.

jan 21, 2012, 1:35pm

Hebron Library has booksales about 4-5 times a year and I think they're awesome! I'm pretty selective in what I buy these days even if it is for 50 cents and I find myself walking out with about 20.

Redigerat: jan 24, 2012, 7:55pm

Wow Hebron; that's a haul for me but I'll have to check it out!

(trying to sound like Bill Bryson complaining of traveling within England - folks in say, Montana, would LOL about our descriptions of these enormous distances)

Psst, hey! I am not at all "commercial", but Whitlock's Book Barn (Bethany, 2/18 to 2/19) and the Book Barn (Niantic, 1/29 to 2/5) are having their respective 30% off sales. I sincerely hope to check them out...

apr 3, 2012, 10:28am

Hebron Library's book sales are: June 9, Sept. 15 and Nov. 17 each from 9-3pm. From 2-3pm on each sale day you can fill a bag for $5.00

Redigerat: jul 14, 2012, 11:33pm

Newtown is going on right now. A mere 120,000+ books filling a gymnasium and a cafeteria.


And, Westport and Southport are right around the corner:

Where am I going to store all these books?

aug 1, 2012, 11:54pm

Well, Newtown, Westport and Southport sales are done. 400,000+ books, all dirt cheap, and I got my share.

The orgy is over for this year...

nov 18, 2012, 3:23pm

...Maybe not.

I went over to the Goodwill OUTLET on State Street in the Hamden/North Haven area, because I figured it had been a couple weeks and thought they'd had new books in.

When I came into the store, they wheeled every one of the enormous, shallow tubs of those $0.25 and $0.50 books out and into a huge set of magical bay doors. They came back with new tubs containing a thousands of fresh stock!

How am I ever going to go to work, knowing that this is happening daily?

dec 21, 2012, 8:21am

I'm 10 minutes away from the Goodwill Outlet - I don't know whether to thank you or not:D

dec 30, 2012, 9:30pm

I can go through those dozens of cubic meters of books in about 90 blissful minutes. I usually end up with filthy collier hands, some mild musculoskeletal aches from all the reaching, and an unmanageable pile costing an exorbitant $4.50 or so.

I can't think of anything more entertaining.

feb 26, 2013, 2:32pm

I remember going to a giant book sale in the western part of CT a few years ago, but I can't remember the name of it. It was in a big white building and it had books, cds, records, dvds, and I think it even had artwork. I don't think it was a library book sale, but I can't remember that for sure. Can anyone help me figure out where this was? Thanks!

Redigerat: jul 27, 2014, 7:59pm

Danbury's big. Newtown's big. I don't think either is in a library.

Westport's big. And Southport's going on right this minute!

jul 29, 2014, 9:35pm

I just got back from the bucolic, summertime, coastal, Gold Coast. I felt like I was retired, or on vacation. At the Pequot Library, I grabbed a big dirty cardboard box and filled it, with wonderful books. I walked up to the cashier, and said, "How many bag equivalents, is this?"

The reply, "$5. You'd be amazed at what people consider, a bag."

'Best 90 minutes of my life.