I am an avid book reader and simply just love books! But, I have a serious problem going on in my house. Books are everywhere!! On the floor, overflowing from the bookshelves, under my bed, on the counters, everywhere!! I have run out of storage space and really want to give away or donate some of them. Can you point me in the right direction? Thanks for any help you can offer.
Avid Book Reader
Dear Avid Book Reader,
What a wonderful problem to have! Ok, I don't mean to tease you... But we can definitely relate to your situation. Here are a few suggestions for you:
- Book Sale. Sell those books and make a profit!! Now, we aren't saying you are going to get rich from this sale, but hey... a few extra dollars can't hurt right? Place ads in your local paper, craigslist, or other media sources and utilize flyers and signs to make sure your sale is a hit! You may also want to check out your local flea market to set up a table there! Check out online book sellers like amazon.com to post your books for sale through their website. People love buying used books at low prices! However, there may be shipping/handling fees involved.
- Donate. Contact your local Mom & Pop or Vintage book store (Yes, they still exist!) and ask them do they accept book donations. Also, we discovered this organization, Chapters of Hope that accepts book donations and sends them to children all over the world. Check out your local non profit organizations and charities to see what is available to you in your area.
- Giveaways. Give them as gifts to your friends, family, or co-workers! I wouldn't suggest you force them to take them, but if you know they like to read and believe that they would have an interest in the book, try it! However, this is not "dump all my unwanted books on someone else" day either!