2017 was my first year to attend the Lancaster Library Book Sale. It’s a behemoth of a sale! You can find dealers, moms, retirees, and plenty of readers like me. I wish I had an idea of how many other bloggers were there—I’ll have to go Google that! I loved the lady with the little red wagon, and definitely plan to find a better solution for carrying my haul next year.
I came home with books that I’m excited about, and as usual, I have no idea where I’ll put all of them. One thing I couldn’t help but think about was the book sales I attended with my dad when I was a kid. He collected old (we say vintage, right?) books in a few categories. At least a few times a year, we went hunting at nearby sales. I wish he could see me blogging now!
The next library book sale is in August, and it’s held in a local roller skating rink. Makes for great pictures! I’d better get reading so I can make some space on my shelves.
I used to be “all about” book sales such as this and when I saw the pictures I became wistful for the “old days” – never have gone to the Lancaster sale BUT next year will be an exception I think.
There are lots of big library books sales, but the Lancaster Library one is enormous. Well worth the trip! Let me know if you make it here in 2018.
Hi Barb – I have been on a mental hiatus for some time but thought you’d like another Holbrook Jackson allusion – this time the world is “caparisoning” (from his brilliant The Anatomy of Bibliomania) and it literally means the ornamental dressing or horses but for some odd turn of rhetoric became associated with the bindings of books – back when this was considered and art form. Just thought I’d throw this into your intellectual stew – have a good summer.
Hi Dana – thanks for popping back in! I bought Jackson’s Bibliomania book, but haven’t spent much time with it yet. I love that word and it’s bookish association. Thanks!
I don’t have as many books at home as you’d think. But this gives me an idea for a shelf-revealing blog post. Stay tuned!
Jackson’s book is one that you read “in and around” – pick a section and have at it – it is sort of a commonplace e book in this regard – and to that end it has been one of my constant companions over the years.
I actually bought a print copy, and it’s huge! But I agree, I’ll definitely be dipping in and out of it as time passes.
As to having “too many books” there is this rule of thumb – mainly “what is having too many books”. One is not enough and ten thousand NOT enough – let me know about the “new blog” when you flesh it out for sure.
I’m sure I’ll always have plenty of books. That’s the main thing – choice! BTW, have you subscribed to the blog so you get an email every time I write a new post. I hope you will so we can stay in touch!
PS – Are you a book hoarder – I dislike that term – better – a book collector – just wondering what your personal space looks like – I envision a house filled with all manner of biblio-paraphernalia – just asking. Thanks.