Finding Great Books on a Dime

Like many of you, we have a budget. Not fun, we know, but there it is. This, of course, extends to book buying, which means we spend a lot of time utilizing the holds shelf at the library. However, there are always a few titles we really want to own and add to our own bookshelves to read and re-read forever and ever and ever. Since we're generally loathe to just pop on to Amazon to order the books we want, and we don't want to spend a fortune on a copy either, we've learned how to creatively work around all that.

Finding good books cheaply is really like a fun treasure hunt through local bookstores, library sales, and thrift stores. There is so much to be said about the simple pleasure of taking your time to hunt for a title in person. We're big believers in spending money locally, as often as possible, and of helping out the environment by purchasing used books. Luckily for us, a lot of local bookstores also carry used novels, which tend to be quite affordable. 

Much of Rikki's collection is largely compromised of wonderful, beautiful books found at thrift stores, and it's even sweeter when they have sales or deals going too. More times than not, we've just gotten lucky though - which is what makes the hunt so much fun. Like today, for example, we hit up a local library book sale. Which can be a freaking gold mine, but not always. The photo above is the haul we walked away with, and it's not bad if we do say so ourselves.

Now, there's certainly a distinction to be mentioned with creating your own library. Michaela has a specific type of books she collects, and Rikki is really into vintage/used copies. Often times the library book sale hauls or other thrifty finds will eventually end up in a Free Little Library, just to keep them going to other book lovers, or because the book might be good, but not good enough to warrant space in our small homes for all of time. Also, a treasure hunt for that perfect vintage copy is often worth a few more dollars, or going to a store dedicated to stocking those beautiful matching covers. Many of our local bookstores have excellent vintage selections, and those books are ones we'll keep for all time. We can go on and on about how much we love our local bookstores, so we'll save it for another post.

If you're into this sort of thing, be sure to tag us at #TheArdentBiblioReads so we can enjoy your treasures too!