Where do you buy books?

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  1. Just_Beginning2

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    This was my first full year and am happy to say I collected quite a few books through scholastic bonus points and bookfairs but have very few tag sales and warehouses around where I live to look for cheap books, especially in bulk. Where do you get your books? I'm looking for things like chapter books in a series or multiple books by the same author... any tips?
     
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    Our local library has a book store and they have lots of great books at very affordable prices...25 cents, 50 cents, $1...rarely do I find anything over $1!!! They also have VHS tapes, etc...

    I also visit thrift stores, flea markets and garage sales...talk about great prices!

    Wouldn't it be cool to have a Teacher Tradeoff?? Teacher's can come with their extras or discarded books and trade with other coworkers.
     
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    The Booksource http://www.booksource.com/search.aspx is wonderful for ordering sets especially if you're seeking a specific genre'. They also give 25% discounts and if you catch it right, they'll ship free too.
     
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    I have had luck with Half Price Books. They usually have several of the same book, or the series, etc. I've noticed that in a lot of the books that I have gotten from them come from teachers.
     
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    Sprout, Goodwill and Garage sales.
     
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    I've also gotten boxes of book donations from Half Price Books. They donate to teachers. I got a mix of books in the boxes. I was able to keep the ones that were good for kinder and gave the chapter books to another teacher in the school. It was a great way to build my library.
     
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    I didn't know Half Price donated books!! And here I've been buying from them all these years... ;)
     
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    My local library accepts donations of used books and sells them cheaply (25 cents for picture books...) Garage sales, scholastic bonus points... We also have book sales at school where teachers fill out 'wish lists' and families can purchase books from those lists for the teachers' classrooms. I have ordered books from Barnes and Noble online, Amazon, and the like, but sometimes books which seem like a good price from an online seller become EXPENSIVE when you factor in the shipping and handling charges...:(
     
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    The Scholastic books I buy at the local resale shop are practically brand new, and I pay only 33 cents each for them. There are always at least a dozen new ones in stock every couple of weeks. Love it!
     
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    I am also a big fan of garage sales, and thrift stores. I often find brand new books for .25. I also buy my own personal reading material there. I just bought a bunch of current best sellers-paperbacks were .50 and hardbacks were $1.00. The hardbacks had price stickers of $19.95 on them. My class library is filled with those types of bargains. It kills me to pay full price for any books now.
     
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    Half Price Books and Paperbackswap.com! I use the latter for the more expensive novels that I use for read alouds and literature circles, and it helps me get rid of all my old hardcover books from high school/college.
     
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    local library, garage sale, sprout, parents,
     
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    Yard sales are great. I sometimes buy book lots off of ebay. I am also lucky enough to have a Book Warehouse store that just moved into my town where all the books are 80% off. It's fantastic.
     
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    I was able to collect around 2000 books when I moved up to fifth grade! All FREE!

    I put up a memo in the lounge towards the end of the year, when I was still in kinder, asking teachers if they had any upper grade books that they didn't need anymore. I waited until the last few weeks when I knew everyone was going through their stuff, cleaning up. Upper grade kids kept coming to my class with boxes and boxes of stuff!!! Boy was I happy. But now, I have over 2000 books sitting in my garage. Tsk tsk...

    Just leave a nice note in the lounge asking for donations, I'm sure you'll get more than you think. :)
     
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    My district organizes a "retired teacher garage sale" every summer. One stop shopping. It's great!

    I also get great finds at random garage sales in and around my neighborhood. Can't beat 5 cent books! (Okay, free is better.)
     
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    I just signed up and entered 3 books!!! Yay! I'm gonna have fun with this site! :)
    You trade books with this site...no exchange of money whatsoever. And you do the shipping out.
    Thanks for the tip!
     
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    I started out going to thrift stores. None of the books were over $0.25.
     
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    I just love Paperbackswap.com!! I have gotten several books for free that normally would have cost me over $20.
     
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    Yard sales are a great place to find books, too. That's where the bulk of my library came from. I also picked some up through eBay.
     
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    I see Amanda is building a "For Sale or Trade" (FSOT) addition to this site. What a great idea! We could trade books here - I know I'll participate.
     
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    Me too... I love half price books!
     

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