Ok, I just had to get the “S” word out-of-the-way so I could move on to better things. You have not heard a peep out of my on this site in days. From Thursday afternoon (after work) on, I have been at The Brainerd Library sale helping with the sale. I was there 5 hours on Thursday, 12.5 hours on Friday, and 9.5 on Saturday. 27 hours surrounded by books, helping people with books, talking books, looks for certain books, hauling books out to cars, straightening books, toting empty boxes to the basement…. if it was bookish… I probably did it in the last 3 days.
Let me start with Thursday morning when the sale opened…
My friend Wendy (you will see here waving in the pictures) and I were in the Library parking lot by 6:15 am Thursday morning. (TRADITION!!!!) Yes, the library sale does not open up until 9:00 am and yes, it is true that it was 8 below zero on Thursday morning but it is a book dorky thing I like to do so whatever. 😛
We sat out the chairs and then we ran (yes ran!) to sit in Wendy’s vehicle sipping coffee, catching up, and enjoying the heated seats. 😀 It was about 7:00 am when the next car pulled into the parking lot – a guy who is always at the sale and I know as Tom showed up in full “ready to sit outside in 8 below zero weather gear”. Wendy groaned “oh no, now we have to go sit in those chairs to hold our place in line!” I told her, “No, wait – I know this guy, let me talk to him.” So out into the FREEZING air I went to talk with Tom. Once he heard my wheezy voice (yup, still battling that sinus infection) he said he would hold our spots and I scurried back to the car ever grateful. Not only did Tom hold our spots… but he gave numbers to those who came after him so they too could go back to their cars and stay warm too.
At about 30 minutes before “GO TIME!” Wendy and I went to stand in line and chat it up with the other books lovers (really one of my favorite things to do at the sales). Everyone, despite the cold, was in such good spirits.
The awesome Library then let us form our line inside due to the cold (I can’t remember exactly but I think someone said it was the coldest day in March in like 60 years…. I believe it!) SO inside this jolly little crew went, and at that time – thanks to Tom’s numbers, we knew we had 48 people in the line.
At 9 am the doors opened to the sale and in we went. I had to get to work and I did not feel well enough to get down and crawl through boxes like I usually do but at 50 cents a book I still spent $20. Over the next two days of working the sale I would spend another $16. (Do not judge…. 😛 )
So – on to the books…. Here is what I brought home:
and then a few special ones –
Two old Nancy Drews (I collect her) and yes, I do own The Help…. but, (and this is a book geek thing)…. not with this cover. 😛
Oh come on, have you not ever bought a good book just to own it in with a different cover? No? Just me? Too much? 😛
So that is where I have been and what I have been doing. I feel wiped out today but not as tired as I was yesterday. Yesterday was the $2 a bag of books sale and it was soooooo busy and by the time we closed up I was merely fumes of my former self. BUT – I have to tell you, what a blast and what a fun group of volunteers I spent time with this week. 😀
SO in honor of the book sale, put below in the comments one of the books that you see here that you would like (*not including the last picture). On Tuesday I will use random.org to choose a winner and I will send you that book.
Have a great start to your day everyone – I am off to get ready for church and then think I will lay low most of today re-energizing to start another busy week tomorrow. 😀