When Hubby and I had been dating almost a year, we made a trip from Alberta to Saskatchewan to visit my family.
While we were there, we randomly happened across a fundraiser book sale in a mall, that was by the local symphony. It was HUGE! Thousands and thousands of books, donated by the type of people who frequent the symphony, so really quite a wide and interesting variety of textbooks, history, travel, gardening, classics, fiction and non fiction. Prices ranged from 50 cents to three dollars. We were in heaven.
So much so that when we checked and found it was an annual event, Hubby immediately marked it on the calendar for the next year, double-circled and everything.
It became our annual date. We would drive in from Alberta, and fill our trunk with the next year’s worth of reading material, generally at a dollar a book.
Yes, I guess we ARE nerds.
This weekend was the opening of the book sale, and therefore, our annual date. Now that we live in Saskatchewan, it’s a day trip, but I still took a day off work, so that we could go on a weekday and beat the crowds. We revised and printed out our book inventory list (all 22 pages!). We made babysitting arrangements (thanks, Auntie J!). We spent a few quality hours hunting for great deals.
Hubby is trying to enforce a one-in-one-out rule with the books, as we are on the verge of having to reinforce the livingroom floor. I am on the hunt for every Bobsey Twins and Hardy Boys hardcover ever printed (I have all the Nancy Drews), as well as a few other series, so that the kids will never lack for good reading material. We have an occasional conflict over this, particularly given that Baby M won’t likely be reading for a few years yet, and the other hasn’t even been born!
We did pretty well this year, by both of our standards. Hubby got some books he’s been hunting for, and I managed to limit myself to just one box of books between the two of us.
It’s not a small box, but it is only *one* box. Some years we’ve come home with two boxes each!
We’ll be spending some serious time tonight cataloging and filing our new treasures. we’re already anticipating having the garden planted so we can settle into lawn chairs on a sunny day and enjoy our loot!