April 11, 2011

Weekend Finds

On Friday morning I went to a book fair. Apparently, this fair comes every year to sell gadzooks of used books. All hardback books sell for $1 and all paperback books sell for $.50 cents each. And since my son is quite the bookworm, I decided it would be "fun" to go to the fair and find some new books for him. I'm not sure who is more over the books he currently has - me or him. Either way, it was time for some new reads.

I don't think anything could have prepared me for the little book fair that we went to though. I just remember walking in the doors thinking I was going to have a relaxing morning, perusing through books, visiting with my friend who I had met there and entertaining Tommy with the books we were looking at. Haha.

The book fair was being held at a local athletic center where several school districts play all of their games. After walking in and looking down onto the gym floor from the stairs, it looked like a million ants crawling over a cookie that someone had left out. If my mother-in-law hadn't have been with me, I would have needed to leave as there was no way I could have kept up with Tommy and found books at the same time.

I found the children's section of the chaos and quickly learned that others treated this sale like a Black Friday situation. There was pushing and shoving and grabbing and I wanted to tell several people, "Um, I'm pretty sure there's enough books to go around!" Seriously, there were thousands upon thousands, maybe even over a million books in this place. It was INSANITY.

Thankfully. I managed to find my way through the vicious moms pushing their screaming children in strollers. I almost got knocked over by a lady in a wagon, but I found a ton of new books for Tommy. Once my box was full I got in line to check out - I could only take so much!

I got Tommy 24 new books!
And I managed to find a few old copies of "The Babysitter's Club" books. I had those when I was growing up and I have always regretted throwing them away. So anytime I find one anywhere, I snatch it up and add it to my collection.
All 24 books for Tommy and 13 BSC books for my inner child was only $26. (Pretty sure they miscounted and I was undercharged - I realized this after getting home). Either way, I was all about the deals. Even with the insane crowds and the pushing and shoving, it was kind of worth it. And I will probably go back next year because you can't beat paying .50 cents or $1 for any book!

Because look at my little guy! We were in new book heaven all weekend!
Both of us were busy all afternoon reading all of his new books - oh it's so nice to have something new to read!
I also found Tommy's Easter suit this weekend. Todd's mom bought it for us. He's going to be so handsome!
Todd was off on Saturday, so we attempted to venture out......
We drove up to Cabela's. I took Tommy to the toy section of the store where he found a truck that he couldn't live without.
And we lasted all of 20 minutes before we had a severe meltdown and it was time to go and get our nap on.
I was one of those moms carrying my kicking, screaming and hitting child out of the store while everyone was looking at me with wide eyes and I couldn't help but wonder what they were thinking of me. Because I remember pre-Tommy, feeling sorry for anyone I ever saw like that or wondering if they were kidnapping a child, because what child could act like that towards their parent? Um yeah....

Books, Easter outfits and trucks aside, we had a nice weekend all together even though each part didn't look exactly like I had hoped it would. Things rarely go as you plan and I'm trying to learn to just roll with the punches and find enjoyment in the places that I can.

Did you find anything good this weekend?


  1. I found some great deals at some yard sales this weekend! Loving how the weather has warmed up and my mom and I spend every weekend hitting up the sales! Great job on all the books! I have kept some books from childhood I can't wait to share with our little one and hope to get even more! I was a bookworm growing up and hope I can pass that along to our son.

  2. Books! I love them! I find it fun that you wrote about books today too!! Reading to my girls was one of the very BEST things we did together. I hope they enjoyed it as much as I did!

    Tommy is so adorable Jenn.... what a sweet little guy you have.

  3. LMAO too funny. One of my kids was actually laying on the floor in the grocery store one time throwing a fit. I just left them there while I was in line since I could see them. Some old lady was like ha I remember those days! Most likely everyone was thinking the same way.

    An old friend of mine actually made her living off of those book sales. She sold them on ebay. She did so well her husband quit his job to work with her. I went with her one day to about 3 sales so I totally know what you are talking about. Do you have good garage sales around you? I used to pick up books for .10 or so!