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. The local library is great place to get started. But you might want to own books, rather than always borrowing them. 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 2019 sales in Loudoun County. Unless noted, they are held within the library.

 

BRANCH DONATION GUIDELINES MAJOR BOOK SALE
Ashburn Donations of books (all formats), CDs, and DVDs will be collected Jan. 4-23 during regular library hours. Pre-sale ($15 admission) Thursday, Jan. 24:
6-8:30 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 25: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 26: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 27: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
 Brambleton Donations are not currently accepted but will be at some future date when the Friends of Brambleton Library have formalized plans.  Pre-sale ($10 admission) Thursday, May 2: 6-8:00 p.m.
Friday, May 3: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday, May 4: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday, May 5: 1-4 p.m.
Cascades Donations accepted through May 2.  TBD
Gum Spring
Donations accepted late winter thru March 13, 2019
Friday, March 15: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Saturday, March 16: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday, March 17: 1 p.m.-3 p.m.
Lovettsville Donations are no longer accepted. They will resume summer 2019. Oktoberfest in September
Middleburg Donations are no longer accepted at this branch.  
Purcellville Donations of books, CDs and DVDs accepted beginning May 3. No magazines, outdated textbooks, encyclopedias or videos. Friday, Oct 11: 5:30-8 p.m.
Saturday, Oct 12: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday, Oct 13: 1-5 p.m.
Rust Gently used books, DVDs, CDs and video games  will be accepted in November. Dates TBD. TBD
Sterling Donations are no longer accepted at this branch.  

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 2019 sale, held June 23rd will be their 30th annual event. The 2012 sale brought in over $40,000 with an estimated 3,100 shoppers!

 

Surplus

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.

Flower & Garden Festival in downtown Leesburg on April 27 and 28, 2019

The 29th annual Flower & Garden Festival will take place Saturday, April 27 and Sunday, April 28 in historic downtown Leesburg. More than 150 vendors will fill the streets with seasonal blooms, herbs, gardening supplies, outdoor furniture, and more.

In addition to the exhibits, festival goers can enjoy live music, which will kick off Saturday with local performer Gary Smallwood, at 10 a.m. The beer garden, located on the Town Green, will feature eight of the region’s best brews while a children’s area on Cornwall Street will provide live entertainment and crafts for the kids.

Guests will also have the opportunity to vote for their favorite landscape display in the People’s Choice Landscape Competition. Ballots can be picked up at the entrance booths or at the Gazebo. Completed ballots should be placed in the birdhouse at the Gazebo by noon on Sunday so that the winner can be announced that afternoon.   

Portions of King, Market, and Cornwall streets will be closed for the event, however parking will be available in the Town parking garage using the Loudoun Street entrance. Additional parking will be available throughout the downtown and a free shuttle service, from Ida Lee Park, will run continuously throughout the day. Please note, visitors are asked to leave pets at home during the festival.

The Flower & Garden Festival runs from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday and 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, rain or shine. A $3 donation, per person, is suggested at the festival entrance booths. For more information, call Ida Lee Park Recreation Center at 703-777-1368 or visit www.flowerandgarden.org.

There will also be a community forum offered at Douglass from 9 to 10 a.m. featuring a dialogue between youth and elders.

Tax Day Deals

Tax Day Deals

Paying taxes stinks, but at least you can get a few good deals on Tax Day. Here are some really good FREEbies and deals that you can get on April 15, 2019. There are a lot of other lists out there, but you’ll have to sort out the businesses that aren’t in northern Virginia. I’ve done that for you. The FREEbies on this list are LOCAL DEALS or can be accessed online from home. I will update as I find more.

Boston Market

Get a Half Chicken Individual Meal & drink for just $10.40.  Join the e-CLUB and get $3 off when you spend $10 or more.

California Tortilla

Say “1040” when ordering and get a FREE chips and queso on April 15th only. Also, get a regular sized burrito and spin the Burrito Wheel to reveal your tasty prize, after 5pm.

Coal Fire Pizza

Kids eat FREE with purchase of an adult meal.

Dunkin’ Donuts

DD Perks members can get a $1 Medium Hot or Iced Coffee at Dunkin’ Donuts on Monday, April 15, 2019.

Firehouse Subs (Regal Shopping Center in Sterling, One Loudoun in Ashburn)

April 14-17, get a FREE medium sub with purchase of a medium or large sub, chips, and drink with printable coupon.

Noodles and Company (Leesburg)

Join Noodles Rewards [enter code HEATHERCH3936] to earn freebies and exclusive offers. Members of the Noodles Rewards Program will get $4 off online and mobile orders over $10 from April 10-15. You must sign up for the reward program by April 9 to get this offer.

Best Shopping Deals for April

Tax Day Deals

Paying taxes stinks, but at least you can get a few good deals on Tax Day. 

Earth Day

Earth Day is April 22nd. Look for products that claim to be earth-friendly to be on sale in the weeks leading up to Earth Day. Now might be a great time to stock up on LED and CFL bulbs, products made from recycled materials, and items made my manufacturers such as Seventh Generation. Don’t forget to check for coupons before you go!

Also, don’t forget that the best way to both help mother Earth and save money, is to shop used when possible. Check out the complete list of Loudoun County’s Consignment Stores and Thrift Stores. Late spring is also a good time to shop used because so many people have been doing their spring cleaning and donating thrift stores get re-stocked with lots of great stuff.

DIY Rain barrel workshops run April 22 – May 15, 2019. Leesburg residents can save $25 off the project costs.

National Parks

April 20, 2019 is the first day of National Parks Week. To kick off the week, admission to all National Parks is absolutely FREE! For a list of all the National Park Service’s free admission days, read our earlier blog post.

Clearance Easter Candy & Gifts

Even if you don’t celebrate Easter, you can still take advantage of post-holiday clearance offers, especially chocolates and candies.

Winter Items

If this last winter convinced you to be better prepared for next year, you may want to get a head start in April. Now is the time to shop for snow blowers, plows, and shovels. Don’t forget smaller items such as ice scrapers and snow melt.