Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Ever shopped for books in a bathtub?
Or on a toilet?
You know what? Don't answer that last one.
Even if you have shopped for books on a toilet (I'm sure the Amazon mobile site is helpful in those situations), now you can do it out in front of God and everybody, thanks to Broken Arrow Neighbors and their Read to Feed Book Fair.
The sale is held in a small converted house at 315 W. College.
I learned about the sale several weekends ago from my friend Brooke, who encouraged me to drop everything I was doing, invite a few friends and check it out.
We book nerd girls, we has the sexy.
The fair was pretty packed the Friday morning we tried it out. We found books ranging from mystery to kids' to feminist to self-help to cookbooks.
Sometimes a few of those genres were shelved in humorous juxtaposition.
A copy of A Purpose Driven Life and Defending Traditional Marriage sandwiched between two Betty Friedan books?
Check out the kids' books selection:
I love vintage cookbooks, but I think I love vintage children's books more.
I mean, I love vintage books for children. Not vintage children with books. That just sounds weird.
He agrees because I am the holder of the animal crackers. And I'm okay with that.
Look! '80s and '90s magazines.
When I was little until I was about 22 or so I pronounced the word magazines as "mazagines."
Watch. Now I'll say mazagines on the radio this week.
Oh, romance novels, how I wish I had time to read you.
I really think I could get into romance novels. At the very least I could expand my vocabulary of adverbs.
Here was my find of the day:
I picked it up because I saw the word hamburger, but then I remembered having read this book at some point. It's a teen saga, and I've always been a sucker for teen sagas (hello, Babysitters Club and Sweet Valley High), so the odds are that I've read it once or twice.
For half a buck, it was mine.
And these aren't even the prices on half-price day.
The next Read to Feed Book Fair is April 2nd and 3rd (next Friday and Saturday), again at 315 W. College. Sale hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Half-price day is Saturday, April 10, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Broken Arrow Neighbors is a charitable organization headquartered just around the corner from the sale. It provides basic needs assistance to more than 4,000 financially disadvantaged people in the Broken Arrow and Coweta areas.
Thanks to Broken Arrow Neighbors, people in need get help with everything from rent to gas to legal aid to food assistance. Book sale proceeds go into the pot to fund these much-needed services.
As if I needed to give you fellow nerds out there another reason to stock up on old books.