Monday, April 29, 2013

Good Finds on Good Books @ Goodwill

 My mother is a skillful and avid shopper of all things second-hand. I don't mean to make that sound negative, it is quite the contrary. When I say she is skilled, she furnishes her home, builds her wardrobe and buys things for me...largely at yardsales, Goodwill, second-hand shoppes and anywhere else she can score a good deal on a nice item.

People walk into her home and ask, "whose your decorator?"

Having coffee @ mom's

Although I am the complete opposite of her, she has managed to drag me out of my house too early on a Saturday morning here or there to go from this knick-knack shop to that one. Please don't mention this, but, its kind of fun! :)

Well thanks to these excursions, I have found some pretty awesome deals on BOOKS for our homeschool!

this workbook was completely unused & the perfect grade level

My kids LOVE books and people love passing their books along to second-hand stores. There aren't too many people who would actually throw a book in the trash. There's sort of a guilty feeling that comes over you and you can't help but think that someone else could possibly use this book. And you are right!

I have found 'like new', completely UNUSED curriculum books in second-hand stores for pennies! These books have made wonderful supplements to our regular curriculum. I purchased a group of books this past week which included this 864 page Macmillan children's dictionary (like new), regularly priced at $16.95 along with 2 other books for $4.50. Are you kidding me?

I've gotten some really great classic stories for the kids' library and a lot of wonderfully entertaining ones as well.

from the 'if you give a mouse' series

Well, seeing that our kids like to have 2 storybook stories, 2 Bible stories and one made up story by Daddy or Mommy each night, we had to figure out an economical way to keep the books coming. :)

What about you? Have you found any good deals at Goodwill? Where have your scored your big deals on homeschool material? Leave a comment and feel free to leave a link so we can check it out!

Ecclesiastes 12:12 - of making many books [there is] no end  ;)
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  1. My admiration for home schooling your children! I am a teacher, but I can never have the patience to teach my own kids. :)

  2. :) I totally understand, it takes mounds that's for sure! I've grown in so many ways and something tells me its not over yet! Thank you for stopping by!

  3. I keep a running list of books we need (from the curriculum catalog) so when I have a chance to hit the thrift store or used bookstore, I can hopefully find something. I've done pretty good, and that's always the first place I go before ordering anything. :)

  4. I love it! Thank you for adding this comment. I will now start keeping a list. Especially for this upcoming school year. Great idea!

  5. I also homeschool. Please stop by and visit if you get a chance. Here is the link to my recent math post I used to teach second grade and I have a small addiction to books. I am always on the lookout even though we have plenty. We recently went to a book sale in the area and found a zillion books. They said stuff your bag full for $5.00 each. We paid $10 for over 60 books which included geography, history, science, poetry, Bible, and more. I couldn't believe the books I bought - I thought for sure the selection would be picked over, but I was pleasantly surprised. We bought several wonderful children's literature books including Rosemary Well, Lois Ehlert, James Stevenson, Molly Bang, Kate Waters, Jeanne Titherington, Jean Marzollo, Eve Bunting, Pat Mora, Tomie dePaola, and Patricia Polacco. I even purchased a Draw Write Now book, Magic School Bus chapter books, and managed to grab a few classics during my visit. It was a such blessing! Other people's trash can surely be a treasure to someone else! Have a blessed day!

  6. You have no idea how much this comment has me salivating. I would have flown to wherever you are just to go to that sale!!!!! LOL! Thank you for sharing!

  7. I love books. As a teacher I collected MANY, so we have huge selection for the kids. We also really love the library. But your tip about Goodwill is great. I know I can't pass up a deal on a good book when I see one!

    1. Thanks Shaunna! My kids's library needs some organization fast! I love giving books to them for Christmas and birthdays! Thanks for stopping by and commenting.


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