Bargains for Old-School Book Lovers

Updated on April 9, 2020
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Cheryl is an avid reader and bargain hunter who loves writing about issues relevant to baby boomers.

Reading is relaxing
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Reading reduces stress big time

A 2009 study that was done at the University of Sussex indicates something amazing. It concludes that reading can reduce stress at a greater level than alleged tension busters such as drinking a cup of tea or listening to music. The research indicates that reading can lower anxiety levels by up to 68%. The reason is that engaging in a book is a form of escapism that takes you into the literary world. It gets your mind off of the here and now and your current situation. I personally have been so engrossed in a book that I lose all sense of time, and come away feeling as if I have relaxed on the beach. If you are an avid reader, there are so many ways today to find bargains and increase your personal library, while you relax your mind and body.

There is nothing wrong with paying full price for a book you desire to purchase, but for many avid readers, there is a thrill in knowing something rare and precious has been found at a bargain price or for free. The University of Michigan states that "retail therapy" (shopping) is a great way to reduce stress, so you will get double the pleasure from obtaining your book as well as enjoying yourself while reading it.

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Reading glasses and large print

Aging baby boomers,(those born between 1948-1964) and older adults may find they now have trouble reading the fine print. If you have been an avid reader over the decades you may be frustrated because you are now unable to indulge in your favorite pastime. If you don't have prescription glasses with bifocals, you may want to invest in a few pair of reading glasses. You might also consider purchasing large print books so you don't have to strain your eyes. Now you will be ready, willing and able to reap the rewards from all the book bargains you are about to take advantage of. Be sure to also have regular eye exams.

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Shop online

Online shopping can yield unbelievable bargains. My daughter purchased her dad hard copies of two best sellers by author Alex Haley. She paid $20.00 for Roots and 15.00 for Queen. Roots was an original 1977 edition autographed by the author and when I checked, the value was actually close to $400.00. My youngest son gets discounts for ordering through Amazon Prime and purchases books for me on my birthday and Mother's Day each year.

I found an autographed like new copy of Second Banana, by Demond Wilson on eBay, for $20.00 A brand new autographed copy of the saga of his time on the NBC hit Sanford and Son was $75.00. Just before Christmas? I found a hardback copy of a book about folklore myths and legends at a Goodwill outlet stores for &.50. I checked on line and the book was selling for $49,99 on Ebay, Baby boomers who don't like to utilize modern technology may want to rethink your decision. It will be well worth your while to make use of the wonders of the Internet. Those bargains can be delivered right to your front door and Amazon even delivers on Sunday.

Book bargains
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Thrift stores, book stores, antique shops, yard sales, and freebies

When I was a teenager there was a thrift store across the street from the A&P Supermarket. While my grandma was buying groceries, I enjoyed finding paperback love stories for only a dime. Over the years I have been blessed to find bargains in Goodwill and other similar stores. A few years ago, I found a good used paperback copy of The Godfather for only fifty cents at a Salvation Army store. I enjoyed reading it so much the pages began to fall out. My son replaced it for me twice by finding used copies on eBay for only $5.00. Thrift stores, yard sales, and antique shops are also a great way to find books that are now out of print. I was able to obtain a number of the old school fairy tale books at a local antique shop and I was thrilled.

One day, while I was waiting for an elderly woman to get a bag of food from a Catholic charity, I noticed a box of books and toys. I found inside A Little Golden Book entitled The Animals Christmas Eve by Gale Weirsom. I was told I could have the book for free and later saw a used copy in a bookstore for $12.00. It is now being sold online for up to $18.00 and there are a limited number of copies with the book cover that I have. Whoever gave that gem away to the charity, truly enabled me to find a precious gem. I read it often even when it is not the holiday season.

Privately owned bookstores where you can buy, sell, and trade are another place to find special treasures. If you enjoy the musty smell of old paper and love to reminisce about days gone by, just spend some time in an establishment where everything is second and third hand and take your time browsing. You may be able trade some of your old paper back or hardcover books to offset the price of whatever you desire to purchase.

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Discontinued library books

There is an old saying that one man's trash is another man's treasure. Each year during a local downtown festival, the main library sells discontinued books for $1.00 or less. While everyone else is enjoying food vendors and concerts I rack up on the bargains. Several local library branches have boxes near the checkout desk where they sell discontinued books for twenty-five or fifty cents. The library closest to my home has several small shelves of books near the front door, that they give away for free. Check with your city or county library to find out if they may offer the same. Not only have I replenished my personal book collection, but have also found treasures for my grandchildren, my adult children and my husband.

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PG rated bargains

Baby boomers grew up in a day and age where most books, television shows, and movies were G or PG rated. If you have not changed with the times, and find you are a METV, Retro television type of person you may not enjoy the blood, gore, pornographic and profanity-laced productions of our modern times. You possibly do not enjoy today's libraries which are set up like cafe's and have more CD's. DVD's and computer stations than shelves with books to read. If you long or the days of many shelves filled with musty dusty books with well-worn covers, you can make it happen.

If you do not have a home library, find a corner of a room and purchase some second-hand real wood bookshelves. Make it your mission to be a bargain hunter and turn other people's trash into your treasures. Frequent yard sales, church bazaar's second-hand shops, thrift stores, and local libraries. Shop online and build your collection to your own specifications. By finding freebies and discounted books you will save a lot of money, decrease stress and expand your mind while doing it. Yes, we live in an R rated society that seems determined to become XXX but you don't have to go along. We can be in this modern world and aware of all that is going on but we do not have to take part in it. Ask, seek, and knock on doors for your old school ook bargains and ye shall find. During the sheltering in place is a wonderful time to read.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2019 Cheryl E Preston


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    • Cheryl E Preston profile imageAUTHOR

      Cheryl E Preston 

      14 months ago from Roanoke

      I enjoyed summer reading as well.

    • Cheryl E Preston profile imageAUTHOR

      Cheryl E Preston 

      14 months ago from Roanoke

      Thanks. That is good to know.

    • Tim Truzy info4u profile image

      Tim Truzy 

      14 months ago from U.S.A.

      Reading is my favorite pass time. Before buying reading glasses, older individuals may wish to consult with an optometrist to make sure the glasses they purchase will not eventually hurt their eyes. Research has also demonstrated reading printed text stimulates cognitive processes unlike any other activity. Essentially, the data seems to suggest reading helps reduce cognitive decline. Your tips on where and how to secure good texts is useful and helpful for many who enjoy a good book. Thanks. - Tim

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      15 months ago from Sunny Florida

      I love to read also. My mother had numerous books when I was I was growing up and I read a lot, esprciallt in the summer.

      I enjoyed all the information in youe aeticle as you had many great suggestions.


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