Adventures of a Binge Book Buyer

by Andy ScheerIMG_8031 adj

Have you ever stocked up on an author?

I didn’t expect to leave the store with a grocery sack full of books. When my wife and I visited the thrift store in Glenwood Springs, I hoped to find a book or two. (My wife may have hoped I’d find fewer.)

In the back corner I discovered a large book section, with overflowing boxes of hardcovers by favorite authors. And the price was right: a dollar for hardcovers and fifty cents for paperbacks. I bought five of each.

img_0978Other vacationers in the Colorado mountains may not make a point to shop the book section of thrift stores. But if they’re driving and have room in the trunk or backseat, why not?

Our final morning, we waited a few minutes for the thrift store in Gunnison, Colorado, to open. This time hardcovers were $1.50 and paperbacks 75 cents—still a bargain. When my wife checked on me, I’d collected four hardcovers and seven mass paperbacks by one author. (I love when whole collections go to a thrift store.)

Then things got better. She pointed to a sign above a tub of tote bags: “Fill a Bag With Books for $5.” All my books fit into one five-buck bag. With the money we saved, my wife bought a purse.

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About Andy Scheer

With more than 30 years in publishing, Andy Scheer has provided freelance editorial services since 2010. He has edited fiction and nonfiction for publishers including Moody, WinePress, and BelieversPress, as well as for clients including Dirk Cussler, McNair Wilson, DiAnn Mills, Heather Day Gilbert, and Sammy Tippit.

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