Anyone who knows me at all knows that I love books. I love holding them, reading them, but most of all…I love to collect them. I know one day I may very well end up like the little old lady in the children’s book The Library by Sarah Stewart. It is a heartwarming story about a girl who loves books more than anything, and as the years go by and her collection grows, she makes a decision that is very touching indeed.
Besides my love of books I also love getting a good deal on books. I love saving money, and if I am going to buy a book, I want it to be for the lowest price possible. Many of my books I have found in garage sales for quarters. Others I have gotten for free from libraries updating or moving. I have purchased books on Ebay and other used book outlets. I have several discount bookstores I frequently visit which, in addition to their already low prices, honors teachers and home educators with even deeper discounts. I have traded books with other moms for new curriculum or I have done long-term loans of books that still remain in the “possession” of the other person but currently, the physical residence of the volume is on a cozy bookshelf in my house. I also love to loan out my books when I know I won’t need them for a while. It makes me happy to know they are being used.
I not only like to read books, collect books, buy books at a discount and share books; I also love to help other book lovers connect to the resources and deals that I have discovered for myself or that have been shared and passed along to me. For the most part that is how Our HOME Space came about. I love resources and I can’t help but share them when I find them. Of course I also felt like all of my time at a mom’s night out or group playdate at a pool was spent in relaying all of this information which is tiring for me and way too overwhelming for the person being resource dumped onto. The moms I meet always want to write everything down, but it is enough to fill an entire website, so here we are. Now I can relax by the pool and just hand out my web address while they enjoy a dip in the pool and look forward to looking through the resource lists at a time of their choosing.
So now you know a little more about why I started this site and why I need help from other resource and book lovers like me. I am always on the lookout for new deals to be had and new books to be found and added to my ever-growing collection. Without my friends and fellow book fans, I could never bring this many resources to the table on my own. To anyone who has ever said to me, “Have you ever visited this site for a good book deal?” I thank you!
My Top Five Places (to find a good deal on books and curriculum) List:
These are just a few of the places I have found to save money on books. Let me know what yours are. Visit my Facebook Page to add your favorites to our growing list. In the coming months I hope to compile a list of places to fill our pages on Products and Services that will help us all to find the right resources for our families at the right prices!
“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