Getting Books at Deep Discounts

As a mother of young children, I think that it is important to give them lots of exposure to reading. And, in doing this, I have filled the shelves of my home with children’s books. Of the the hundreds of books that we have, only a handful were purchased at full price. Most were purchased at discount sales. And, here’s the good part, those sales almost always have fiction, non-fiction, and media for adults also.

Library Book Sales

These are sales put on by the advisory boards of libraries across the county. Each sale is different and not every library has one. They are selling donated books to benefit their library. Note: these sales are usually not selling discarded library books. Here are the 2018 sales in Loudoun County. Unless noted, they are held within the library.






Donations of books (all formats), CDs, and DVDs will be collected during regular library hours, May 29-June 14.

PRE-SALE ($15 admission fee): Friday, June 15, 5-7:30 p.m. 
Saturday, June 16, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday, June 17, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.


Donations accepted April 22 – May 3.

May 4-6

Gum Spring

Donations accepted Feb. 24 – March 16.

March 16-18.


Donations for book sales are accepted June through August.

September 29, 2018, 10am-6pm

Books on sale near Andy’s during Octoberfest


Donations are no longer accepted at this branch.



Donations of books, CDs and DVDs accepted April 2-30. Please no magazines, outdated textbooks, encyclopedias or videos.

May 5-6


Gently used books, DVDs, CDs and video games accepted in late November and early December.



Donations are no longer being accepted.


In addition to the sales put on by individual libraries, there is one mega sale held every summer by The Loudoun Library Foundation, Inc. The 2018 sale, held in June will be their 29th annual event. The 2012 sale brought in over $40,000 with an estimated 3,100 shoppers!


Once a month there is an online auction for surplus items and often there are entire pallets of books being sold for just a few dollars. I like books, but not enough to dig through all kinds of random books that I have to bring home in the back of my pick-up truck.

Thrift Stores

Books are cheep at thrift stores. Most books sell at about 5-10% of their new cover price. There’s lots of thrift stores in Loudoun and some are better than others for finding a good selection of books. For a list of stores, click here.

The Ladies Board of Inova Loudoun Hospital, which runs the Twice is Nice Thrift Shop, holds an annual rummage sale at Morven Park in October. There is an entire barn dedicated to used books of all kinds. This rummage sale is so great. It has been named the BEST CHARITY EVENT IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA for three years in a row by Virginia Living Magazine.

Book Swaps

Ok. This one won’t really increase your collection. But, as your kids grow, so do their interests in books. Why not find someone who’s also bored with their books to do a swap. I usually do this at least once a year with my mother’s group and end up bringing home a few good books that I didn’t have before.  If you have a group of adult friends with similar interests, you may want to do this sometime. If you’re the coordinator, you can offer to collect any unwanted books (how sad) at the end of the swap and donate them.

How I Make Extra Money with the ibotta app

I really like the ibotta app as a tool for getting back a little extra cash from my shopping trips. The main reason I like it is because it is easy to use and I really have made some actual money using it.

How ibotta works:


Find Offers

Before shopping, check what offers are available where you are going. Most of the large grocery chains in our area are included. (Sorry, Aldi lovers. You can’t make extra money with ibotta app when you shop at Aldi.) There are lots of specialty stores and even some restaurants, too. ibotta offers generic item rebates, too.


Go Shopping

Buy the products you’ve selected. Don’t forget to use your store card and take your receipt.


Redeem Your Offers

Take a photo of your receipt. It’s easy with ibotta. You may also need to scan the bar code on the matching item. I love the distinct “BEEP” my phone makes when I’ve scanned the correct item.


Get Cash

Once you’ve earned a minimum of $20, you can choose how you want your payout. PayPal is one easy way to get your money.


As of publishing this blog post, I’ve made $240.43 buying things that were already on my shopping list.

Here’s what I want you to do . . .

  1. Download the ibotta app to your smart phone.

  2. Open an account. Attach store cards for stores that use them, like Food Lion.

  3. Earn your first $10 easy by entering my referral code TRJGMRJ and redeeming at least one rebate.


Making a trip to IKEA?

If you are making a trip out to IKEA any time soon, join the family first. Sign up on their website and then get your card once you’re in the store. Or, sign up at one of their computer terminals in-store. It is really easy and only took me a couple minutes.

With the card, you’ll get special discounts in the store (which vary), FREE coffee in the restaurant, extra time for the kids in Smaland. When I got my card, I also got a voucher for a FREE ice cream cone that we enjoyed after going through the checkout line. I haven’t been bombarded with e-mails from them either.

Temple Hall Farm Family Night 2018

Come out to Temple Hall Farm Family Fun Night for a evening of hot dogs, snacks and beverages. We will also be doing Wagon Rides, Farm Tours, face painting, and have music from the students of Bach to Rock! Beer and wine will also be available for adult purchase. The cost is only $10 per family!

Reservations can be made at:

Temple Hall Farm Family Fun Night, Saturday June 16th from 5pm-9pm. $10/family