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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Spring Library Book Sale!

My friend Pamela from  invited me to come along with her extra ticket to the members preview at the semi-annual San Francisco library book sale. We look forward to it every year. We armed ourselves with fruit, cookies and water and we waited in line for and hour at the Fort Mason Center. It is not a bad place to stand in line on a beautiful day waiting for the doors to open to a fun sale. It can be crowded and hectic but it is worth it for all the great books
and not to mention a good cause too.

We hit our favorite table first where we find old atlas's and dictionaries and an occasional typewriter manuel. I got
some huge topographic map books perfect for folding into envelopes and folders. All one dollar since it is reference.

I love the foreign language sections too. I use some of these book to print gelli prints on and do
collage work with them as well.

Here is a panoramic photo shot with my phone to give you an idea of the enormity of the building with 250,000
donated books for sale in the warehouse.

One of my books from the medical table. This is a nurses reference guide
from the 1950's. 

Pamela's great finds at the reference table. The dictionary was at least 5 inches thick with
marbled edges.

Our haul for the day. The cart is full of bird books, maps, atlas's, Japanese and Chinese books and so much more. It will
likely be turned into Mail Art, collage material, hand made card material and handmade envelopes. A few of the books
will land on our book shelves in the collectible pile.

Happy bargain shoppers. (it is even cheaper on
Sunday when EVERYTHING is a dollar! You just
might spot us there on Sunday)

You still have time to get to the sale. Here are the particulars:  
San Francisco Public Library Spring Sale
March 30-April 3rd.
10:00 am to 6:00 pm
All books and media $3.00 and under.
Sunday is $ Day.

If you miss this one the next sale is September 21 to 25th.

It is a great sale and hundred of people go each year. All proceeds benefit the 
San Francisco Public libraries.


  1. You two know how to shop! What a fun day and what a haul!

  2. love a good book sale~looks like you two really scored!

  3. We did score! And I LOVE that panorama photo, Monica. I can't seem to make it work on my phone -- I need a lesson. Fun post.

  4. This looks like an amazing event, so much fun & you got some great books. I'm in awe about the standing in line for an hour and the # of books that they have - here in my small town, our book sale isn't nearly as big.

  5. Hi Monica! I came over from Pamela's blog, and am looking forward to checking out some of your other posts! I love book sale events, but yours seems even more spectacular than the ones hosted by my local libraries around here. Very cool panoramic photo, by the way. If you are ever in the mood to swap some mail art with someone new, you can reach me at, or through my blog at Pamela can vouch for my love of mail art! :-)

    1. Thank you Andria and Pamela. We are so lucky to have this sale and Pamela has been so nice to take me to the preview with her so we get in early! I usually wait till the $ day on the last day but now we do both!. I will check out your blog for sure!

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