Six LDS Writers and A Frog

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Here a Book, There a Book

By Sariah S. Wilson

So today I did some Christmas shopping and ended up spending a good deal more than I intended to.

I couldn’t help it. I bought books.

Not just books, but books from my local Scholastic warehouse. Scholastic is the company that sends home those book flyers with your kids at school. Many schools also host Scholastic book fairs as a way to raise money.

Apparently at least once a year (if not more) the warehouses empty out their leftover inventory and you can find out about these sorts of clearance sales here:

Scholastic Fairs

Fortunately for me, there is a warehouse not ten minutes from my house and that’s where I spent most of my morning. They have a little bit of everything - books for adults, cookbooks, board books for babies and toddlers, but the majority of their inventory is for kids in elementary, junior and high school. While I stocked up for my two boys, I noticed all the Young Adult books available. I called my mom to have her come join in on the fun so that she could buy books for my teenage siblings.

After my own shopping was finished, my mom and dad showed up and I took them through the various aisles. I think she quite possibly bought more books than I did (which I should let you know means she bought A LOT of books). It was my own “kid in a candy shop" moment. There are few things I love more than buying new books. I love giving away books as gifts. I love the thought of teaching my kids that books are the best kinds of presents to get (since they will be getting so very many of them of this year).

And the best thing of all? Nearly all the books were fifty percent (50%) off! You read that right, the inventory was HALF OFF. And it wasn’t just books that they had for sale. They had things like a robotic T-rex you put together yourself that walks. And a robo-bug. They had tons of educational and fun software and video games. All sorts of neat pens and pencils and stickers and books, books, and more books. Do you understand my giddiness now?

Take a look. See if you have a fair near you (for the Utah residents, I note that there is such a fair going on in Draper from now until 12/19). Not only do books make fantastic gifts for your kids, but they’re great to donate to charities as Christmas gifts, and make wonderful presents for teachers to add to their own class libraries.

Happy shopping!


At 12/10/2006 10:35 AM, Blogger KB said...

According to their website, these events are "exclusive to Book Fair Chairpeople & Volunteers, Registered Homeschoolers, and School Personnel; Principals, Administrators, Faculty, Teachers, Librarians, and Media Specialists."

Are you one of those? Or do they let the general public in if you just show up?

At 12/10/2006 2:27 PM, Blogger Sariah S. Wilson said...

I've volunteered at a book fair at the past - by being one of those people is how you get on their lists in the first place. But yesterday they told me that they were generally open to the public (and had a sign out in front of their warehouse saying they were having a sale inside). Maybe it varies by different locations - I don't know.

At 12/10/2006 7:14 PM, Blogger Keith Fisher said...

I hope the person you bought the t-rex for isn't reading your blog. Unless . . . You didn't buy for yourself did you? Grin Grin I would have to buy two of everthing so I could give one away and keep the other.

At 12/11/2006 8:43 AM, Blogger Sariah S. Wilson said...

Fortunately for me I don't think he even knows his mom has a blog. LOL

It was very hard not to buy two of everything. Or five of everything to pass out to all of my son's teachers at school.

At 12/11/2006 8:24 PM, Blogger FHL said...

My wife's sister accidentally left one of the Scholastic 'catalogs' at our house this past summer. The wave of nostalgia I got almost took my breath away! I lived for these things when I was in elementary school. And when I look at them now, man, the prices are really good! (I mean, sure, they may not last long, but surely enough for a couple of readings!) So, I had to purchase the complete collection of Calvin & Hobbes books. I'm sure it would be dangerous for us to be on their mailing list - I'd never see my allowance again...


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