Bookish Questions – What do you do with books you no longer want?
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What do you do with books you no longer want?
When we set up Mildred’s room, I had to get rid of my big beautiful bookshelf. There simply wasn’t room for the bookshelf and all of her new things. So, I pulled all of the books from the bookshelves and stored them in boxes. But, I recently got a new (to me) bookshelf. However it’s much smaller than the old one. That means that I’m going to need to make some decisions about what books I want to display, what I want to store and what I want to keep.
Choosing books to display has been fairly easy. I went with books that I really enjoy and plan to read again. For me, those are mostly hardbacks and usually decorative editions. There are some books, like The Wind in the Willows, that I like so much I even have multiple editions. And, of course, there are my Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys collections. It makes for some beautiful, if generally overcrowded, shelves.
Right now, the only books I have officially decided to store are my TBR books. That means I have quite a few books that I have read, but don’t plan to read again that need new homes. I have a Free Little Library outside my office at work, but people rarely seem to take any books, so I’m currently looking for other options for donating the books to a good cause.
What do you do with the books you are done with? Do you keep them all? Donate? Sell them?
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It’s getting harder and harder to sell or trade second-hand books where I live, the shops have all gone posh and refuse to accept anything published before about 1990, so when I have books I can’t house anymore, I donate them to second-hand shops, after giving my students their pick. I just gave some away this past summer to a junkshop (word wisely chosen) that works with a drug rehab unit. Even Teen Challenge has gotten so upscale they won’t take run-of-the-mill secondhand stuff, that place looks like an antique shop/art gallery these days.
The picky secondhand shops tell you (they tell you!) that they only give you 20cents per book that they accept, and then they sell them on for 12Euros and up. That way, I guess anyone can make a profit, but shoot, I can get brand-new books for that kind of money.
The thrift shop run by my local church takes books and magazines. The nice thing about them, is if they don’t sell them, they get passed on to another charity. I like that the money raised stays in my community.