Monday, June 05, 2006

Outdoor Bookstore

Over the weekend we had a yard sale for books we no longer want to sell. Hundreds of books. After the sale we posted a "free books" sign and sent an e-mail to Freecycle. Freecycle is an e-mail group in every large community where you can give away unwanted items or place requests for items, all for free. My favorite Freecycle e-mail so far is one that was titled: "Wanted: llama poop."

A Freecycler stopped by and asked if she could take away all the children's books so she could mail them to children in Africa. Of course she can take them all away! Because I've carried so many boxes of books this week, having someone offer to take books away is almost as wonderful as someone offering me free U2 tickets. Another freecycler stopped by with her young children at 10:30 p.m. with a flash light. It rained early this morning, which I didn't expect, so the outdoor bookstore party is officially over. We'll have to take the books to the recycling center now, instead of the thrifts.

I don't know which title is more amusing: How to Massage Your Cat or Memoirs of a Sleep-Walker. We removed both of those books from our inventory yesterday, along with 100 others. If those books appeal to you I'm sorry, you'll have to buy them from someone else. I lingered overly long over How to Build an Addition and set it aside for further reading. When you sell books and have four kids an addition is appealing. And lugging 80 cement blocks and all that wood sounds easy right now. I don't suppose the zoning laws would permit using books as a foundation. Oh well.
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Blogger GuusjeM said...

I had a garage sale this weekend and dumped 14-15 boxes of books.
Felt very good to wave them all good bye. I dragged my culls to Half Price Books, where I found a fews gems while waiting for them to give me an offer. Talk about a win-win situation.

I wonder who is going to pay to the postage to mail all those books to Africa!

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