Do I Have To Stop At Five?

I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves.  ~Anna Quindlen, “Enough Bookshelves,” New York Times, 7 August 1991

This evening we stopped into our local Hastings to pick up a Friday night movie. Hastings happens to be one of my favorite stores because they have all the best things – movies, music and books. The problem with Hastings is that even though we go in with the intention of simply renting a movie, we usually end up drifting over to the books, where we proceed to torture ourselves for a lengthy period of time.

Tonight was no different. We went in for a movie and found ourselves over in the books. What was different though, is that they were having a used book sale. I have seen signs for Buy 2 Get 1 Free before, but they had always expired the day prior and I found myself walking away wondering why I was always a day late and more than a dollar short.

Not tonight, however. Tonight was different. I checked and double checked the Buy 5 Used books for $25 signs and was excited to learn that the sale goes on through tomorrow! We didn’t miss this one!

$5 for a book is a pretty good price and Rob and I have no problems whatsoever finding books that we would like to take home, so we spent the next hour perusing the aisles. It had been a while since we had bought any books, so being able to select five was an extra-special treat. 

For some reason, I never feel guilty when we buy books. I don’t know why. Most things I do, but not books. $25 on gas feels like a waste, but $25 on books feels like winning the lottery. I just wish we had more tickets.