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Books as centerpieces

Reading is a part of my fiancé and I's relationship, so we thought it would be sweet to have classic books as part of the reception table centerpieces. I love the guilded covers of some of the books at Barnes and Noble, but can't afford to drop $20 per book. Anybody know where I could find old books for really cheap? They don't have to be particular titles.

Re: Books as centerpieces

  • doeydodoeydo Southwestern Ontario member
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    edited April 2014
    Salvation Army, 'used' stores in general, library book sales (sometimes you can get books really cheap), eBay (http://popular.ebay.com/books/old-books.htm), Books by the Foot (http://www.booksbythefoot.com/shop/pc/Featured-c12.htm), or Recycle You Wedding (http://ruffledblog.com/community/search.html).
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  • If there's any used book stores around, some of them will have specials or mark downs (the one here has a small section for $1 used books). Other than that, thrift stores, antique stores, or recycle centers if you have one with a "swap shop" nearby. I used to get books for school from http://half.com pretty cheap...I think that site is part of e-bay.

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  • Jen4948Jen4948 Houston member
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    Used and half-price book stores, antique shops, thrift shops, indie book stores, Amazon
  • jdluvr06jdluvr06 member
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    edited April 2014
    See if your library has book sales. When our library has them you can get a hard cover book for 50 cents or a paper back for 25 cents. Used book stores are also a good option. ETA: you could also check out flea markets.
  • I love the look of gilded trim as well. You can take an antique-gold colored pen, and tint ordinary type and framework easily, if you specifically want that look. 

    It's garage sale season. (Hooray!) All of the previous suggestions are great, but my experience has been that the lowest prices are at garage sales, and you can bargain. Estate sales can go either way, but for books and linens, usually excellent because estate sellers are focused on larger, more valuable items like furniture and paintings.

    I buy and resell a lot, so I have 10 antique/junk/thrift stores on my regular weekly route, but garage sales are the best, because people just really really want the stuff out of their houses. Best bargain this week? A beautiful gramaphone horn for 15 dollars. Weirdly, I love it so much that I don't want to sell it. 

    carliealissa
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