Sources for Affordable Books Besides the Library

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Q: I regularly use the library for both myself and my son. Especially living in a small apartment, it doesn’t make sense to buy all the books we like to read. However, I do like to own the classics as well as my son’s and my personal favorites, but children’s books can be so expensive. Do you know a good source or sources where I can purchase new or gently used popular/classic children’s books? By the way, I do frequent the sales my library has but don’t often find the type of books I am looking for. Thanks!

Sent by Jen

Editor: I can relate to Jen. It’s not that I don’t value the work that goes into making children’s books or am unwilling to pay for them, but building a library at home can be very expensive. I don’t have any tricks except to suggest checking the various secondhand stores in your area. Some of them will be duds in this area either with a small or poor selection or else books that aren’t in good shape, but you might be surprised and hit the jackpot. I’ve found a thrift shop in my area that has a constant influx of great books, many new or barely used. I’ve noticed many are special imprints made for schools and suspect the thrift shop (it’s a chain) has an arrangement with some publishers. Garage sales, especially in the summer, are another great source. I’ve tried online book swap sites, but the cost and hassle of mailing wasn’t worth it to me. A final thought is to check with friends and see if they want to swap any of their children’s books either permanently or for a few months. Readers, any advice for Jen?

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