I hit the jackpot the other day. I have been wanting to expand my small collection of books (we've got tons of board books but few preschool/older kid books) so I've been looking on ebay and paperbackswap.com for deals. On a whim I checked Craigslist, and boy am I sure glad I did! I found an ad from a lady retiring from 32 years of teaching kindergarten, and getting rid of all her books and teaching supplies. She had over 2,000 books, not to mention teaching supplies (paint, construction paper, pocket boards, etc.), binders of reproducible crafts and activities, manipulatives, you name it. I called her up, and I went with my friend to her house and bought up all her Eric Carle and Leo Lionni books, along with a few others. She said to come on Saturday to her garage sale, if I wanted more. Of course I just had to go back. I bought another whole pile of books on the cheap (and excellent condition!). Her son then informed me that if there was anything left after the sale he'd call me. Later that afternoon he did, saying that I wanted the rest of the books that he'd sell them to me for $5/box. Obviously I went back and pretty much got the remaining stash. Here are just some of the books I got. We estimate that I was able to get several hundred books for very cheap, along with other binders of crafts, manipulatives, etc. I love a good deal!
Now...where to put them....where to put them...?