It was true, shelves overflowed and stacks balanced in corners and closets. Had those squirrelled away in dressers and kitchen cupboards been discovered?
But I love books! I know that many of you do too, so I turn to you….
What to do if you can’t keep books?
Have a cup of coffee (or tea) and brace yourself. When you’re fortified, look at the many options for re-homing.
1. Have a book sale
Put them out on your front lawn, the sidewalk, the community centre rummage sale, a church bazaar, or get a table at a flea market.
If you research or advertise in advance, others may join you and you can enjoy hosting a multi-seller book bonanza!
2. Go online
Place ads online: eBay; kijiji; list4all; Craigslist; and, online editions of newspapers are all effective for matching buyers and sellers.
Trading and/or bartering can get good results too.
3. Used bookstores
Sadly, used bookstores seem to be going the way of the independent bookstore. If you can find one in your area, they’ll buy your books or trade for credit.
Libraries, schools, thrift shops, hospitals, churches, shelters and community centres are usually great places to donate books. They’ll add them to their own shelves or sell them to raise funds for their programs.
I’ve also been known to donate to the Charity of the Back Alley. Books usually disappear within minutes.
Books can be used to create artwork, such as collages, murals, wallpaper and 3-D sculpture.
The thought of defacing or deconstructing a book makes me cringe a little, but art is a universal good.
If books are in unreadable or unusable condition they can be recycled for the greater good.
Here’s the deal
Sigh. Okay. For every book I bring in, another will find its way out.
Now, about that patch cord I tripped over this morning….