Last week was the semiannual Friends of the Library Book Sale in Gainesville, the largest used book sale in Florida and one of the biggest in the nation. This, my friends, is an event I always mark on my calendar so I can count down the days until it’s here. It’s held in a warehouse with thousands of books, all priced between $0.25 and $5. It’s a bibliophile’s wet dream.
The sale starts at 9 AM on on a Saturday and runs through Wednesday. When I got there at 7:30 on the first day, the line to get in was already halfway down the block. Once inside, it’s wall-to-wall people. Everyone comes prepared with huge boxes and bags, and the isles become so jammed you practically have to wait in line to shuffle past the rows of books. And if you see a book you want, you must grab it – fast. It’s like Black Friday in there.
But seriously, the book sale is one of my favorite things ever. I got 25 books for $40. Woo hoo! After the sale, I hightailed it over to my local Borders, which was closing the very next day, and got 7 new books for $20. Will I read all 32 books I purchased that fateful Saturday? Probably not. But that hardly matters when book shopping is so damn fun.
But I have to say… if my TBR pile grows any higher, it will become overwhelming and unmanageable. Guess I’ve got some readin’ to do 😉
Here are a few pictures from the sale. These were taken on the fourth day of the sale, half price day, so to get an idea of what the first day is like, imagine hundreds of people filling this space and even more books crammed under tables and on additional shelves. (Yes, that’s right, I went back to the sale on Tuesday for round two, even after I bought all those books on Saturday. I realize I may have an addiction. DON’T JUDGE ME.)