Saturday, January 5, 2013

Organizing For the New Year -- Lesson Learned

This past summer, I participated in The One Room Challenge and redid our family room/den.  The bookcases above are the after.

Here are the bookcases before.  Notice how many more books were in the cases?  What you can't see in the photo are all of the books that were in the cabinets below the shelves.  I mentioned last week that we are working to purge and organize at our house.  One of the things we did was go through all the books to determine which to keep and which to sell at Half Price Books.  Book purging is really hard for us.  We love books.  However, we are being serious about not having things in the house that we don't need.  After packing all of the non keepers in boxes, the entire back of my SUV with the backseat down was full and my husband set off for the book store.  I had no idea how much money Half Price Books would offer us for all of those books, but I did know for certain that if I were to purchase the same books there it would be well over $1000.  A couple of hours later he texted to tell me he was on the way home and he had $40 for the books. 

So, the lesson I learned is this.  Enjoy shopping at Half Price Books.  The selection can be fascinating and there are incredible bargains.  But, I won't be using them in my next book purge.  While I understand they're running a business, I'd rather donate my books to Goodwill or Salvation Army.  What do you do with all of your old books?

I hope you are enjoying your weekend.  We're still purging and organizing over here!




15 comments :

Kay said...

I experienced the very same thing with my books! Now I give to Goodwill instead of 'selling' (term used loosely) them to the local secondhand book store.

Jennifer said...

Ha! My mom did the same thing about a year ago and she still complains about how Half Price Books ripped her off. Now she just gives them away too. My husband is a book hoarder and it's not a huge problem now but it will be in the next 5 years or so. I definitely need a plan.

jackie jade said...

agreed that they pay basically nothing for books! it's impossible to sell books for a decent price. i selled some old textbooks on amazon before and it was decent, but not really worth it for regular books. maybe a yard sale?
--jackiejade.blogspot.com

Kerry Steele- Design du Monde said...

Hmm. I have never sold books before. Between my husband and I, we have a massive collection that will need to be purged. Purging happens when we build the library. I will avoid half price books.

Dru said...

We donate our extra books (are there such a thing) to the library.... get tax deduction, and the library sells them to raise money, win win. And it support my local library.

Raina Cox said...

I wish we had Half-Price here in Colorado. I practically lived in their Home section when I was in Indianapolis.

My Crafty Home Life said...

I've never heard of half price books. I give all my books to my local library. Same as Dru, they have book sales and use the money to buy more books.

Kim said...

Jennifer, I have always given my books to the library. Now that I am learning more about "assisted living" since I moved my Dad ... they have a library that is available to the residents to take and return at their leisure. That is where I take mine now! xo

The enchanted home said...

First your family room is beautiful and I love how organized and orderly things feel and look! Second when I have wanted to get rid of them I give them away to someone in need/donate to local boys club. Sounds like it wasn't worth it for you...and I cannot blame you for not using them the next time around. Admittedly though I have never heard of them. That said, I really have never given away books other than baby books from my kids. I pretty much have kept all my books, hum....maybe time to rethink that? LOL. Enjoy your Sunday.

The Pink Pagoda said...

What GREAT ideas. I love the idea of donating books to libraries. We've been taking loads upon loads to Salvation Army, but didn't think of donating the books. It truly isn't worth trying to sell them, so next time it will be The Dallas Public Library.

Andrea K said...

I just love how you styled your bookcases! That has always been tough for me. I am bookmarking your room challenge for tips! :) XOXO, The Glam Pad

Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door said...

LOL. Good to know as I've got a book purge planned for this week actually. I'm like you, I hate the thought of giving away books, but it must be done!

Julie Taylor and Danni Greenwalt said...

Your family room looks beautiful....Love how you added the blue and white jars mixed in with the books. Its perfect!

paperjunk-lc said...

I had the same experience with 1/2 price books. I like the idea of donating them to the library. I also try to check books out vs. buying them. I go online and reserve them. My goal is to really think about my purchases more. Purge, purge for a while.

mixiedesigns said...

I usually tell people to donate to Goodwill or a library because of what you just said. By the time you take them to a reseller, you get such a small amount back. I think the good feeling of donating is worth more anyway and you know you are helping a worthy cause. If the book in newer you can try Amazon's book buyback program but you get pennies on the dollar.
Great post!
Carrie
carrie@neatsmart.com

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