Last week, I shared a growing list of our favorite picture storybooks. Stories that are worth reading and re-reading. Stories that I think are worth owning.
Because I’m a frugal minimalist and terribly picky about what books I want to read aloud 157 times, I usually borrow books from a friend, check them out from the library, or take advantage of Amazon’s awesome preview feature before adding them to my wish list.
Once a book is on the wish list though, here are four frugal ways to add them to your personal collection.
Paperback Swap is a huge, online book-trading hub. You list books you no longer want, or you have duplicates of, or you picked up at a yard sale but don’t need, etc…. When another member requests one of your books, mail it, and earn a credit for a book to be mailed to you.
Click here to join. Once you list ten books to trade, you’ll receive two free book credits to start building your library immediately! (Plus, I’ll get a credit too, so we BOTH get to build our libraries. Win-win, right?) Thanks Bekah!
Shop Yard Sales or Thrift Stores
You really never know the treasures you might uncover by glancing through the books when you’re at yard sales or thrift stores.
Even if you don’t find books you want personally, you can often pick up like-new books to list on Paperback Swap to trade for books you do want!
Shop Your Library’s Used Sales
My friend Abigail, who is a queen of children’s books, has scored many great finds at our local library’s bi-annual used sale. When the library receives duplicate books as donations or retires older copies from its system, they get put in the used library sale. The prices are great and the selection is often overwhelming.
Plus, many of the older classics (the books I want my children reading!) end up here.
Give Books as Gifts
As I find books I love, I add them to a running children’s book wish list for birthday and Christmas gift ideas for myself or grandparents. Normally we give each child at least one new book for each holiday. With multiple children, it’s a slow but sure way to build the stock of good books in the home.
What are your favorite ways to build your library?