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 2020 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. 3-22 during regular library hours. Friday, Jan. 24: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 25: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 26: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.       
 Brambleton Donations of books, DVDs, CDs and records in good condition will be accepted during regular library hours Monday, Feb. 24 through Friday, Feb. 28 in Meeting Room A on the second floor. Friday*, Feb. 28: 5 p.m.-9 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 29: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Sunday, Mar. 1: 1 p.m.-5 p.m.*$20 entry fee on pre-sale Friday. 
Cascades Donations are not currently accepted TBD
Gum Spring Donations are currently being accepted through March 10, 2020.

Friends of the Gum Spring Library memberships can be purchased at the door or online at friendsofthegumspringlibrary.org

Thursday*, March 12: 6-9 p.m.
Friday, March 13: 10a.m.-7p.m.
Saturday, March 14:
10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday, March 15: 1-4 p.m.
*Members only
Lovettsville Lovettsville Library accepts donations of books, DVDs and CDs during regular operating hours. Oktoberfest in September
Middleburg Donations are no longer accepted at this branch.  
Purcellville Donations are not currently accepted.  TBD
Rust Donations are not currently accepted.  TBD
Sterling Donations are not currently 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 2020 sale, held in June will be their 31st 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.

There is an organized book swap at South Riding Town Hall (43055 Center St.) Tuesday, March 5, 2020, 6pm-8pm. More info.

Little Flower Consignments Spring Sale

Little Flower Consignments 2020 Spring Sale: Early Shopping Pass Giveaway

With two sales each year, once in the spring and again in the fall, Little Flower Consignments is one of the largest children’s consignment sales in Loudoun County. At the sale you will find gently used baby and children’s clothing, baby gear and furniture, accessories, toys, maternity, and more. Everything is priced far below retail.

We are giving away two free early admission passes to the Little Flower Consignments Spring Sale. Contest runs March 4th through March 6th. Passes are good for EARLY ADMISSION to the sale.  Visit our Facebook page to enter. Winner will be selected at random and notified on March 7th.

Little Flower Consignments Spring Sale

Saturday, March 14, 2020

DUE TO COVID-19, THE SALE HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

St. Theresa’s School
21370 St Theresa Ln, Ashburn

Public Sale: 8am – 12 noon

Half-Price Sale: 12:30-2pm

Dollar Dash: 4-5pm

Early admission pass holders: 7:15am
Pre-Sale: 7:30 am (teachers & military, and first responders, with valid ID)
No strollers permitted inside sale area. No children admitted before 8am.

 

CONTEST RULES:

Eligibility: Little Flowers Consignment Early Shopping Pass Giveaway is open to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia who are at least eighteen (18) years old at the time of entry. The contest is subject to federal, state, and local laws and regulations.

Sponsor: The contest is sponsored by Loudoun Mom Discounts and Deals and Little Flower Consignments, both located in Loudoun County, Virginia. The contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.

Agreement to Official Rules: Participation in the contest constitutes entrant’s full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor, which are final and binding. Winning prize is contingent upon being compliant with these official Rules and fulfilling all other requirements set forth herein.

Contest Period: The contest begins on March 4, 2020 and ends on March 6, 2020 at 11:59PM. Entries that are submitted before or after the contest period will be disqualified. Submissions will be accepted for the duration of the contest only online through Facebook.

How to Enter: Visit our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/LoudounMomDiscountsDeals) and follow the directions provided. Limit one (1) entry person, per Facebook account, and per household for the duration of the contest period. Entries received from any person, account, or household in excess of the stated limitation will be void. All entries become the property of the sponsor and will not be acknowledged or returned.

Prize Drawing: On or about March 7, 2020, Loudoun Mom Discounts and Deals will select potential winners in a random drawing from among all eligible entries received. The odds of being selected depend on the number of entries received. Loudoun Mom Discounts and Deals will attempt to notify the potential winner via Facebook messenger on or about March 7, 2020. If the potential winner cannot be contacted within two (2) days after the date of the first attempt to contact him/her, Loudoun Mom Discounts and Deals may select an alternate potential winner in his/her place at random from the remaining non-winning, eligible entries.

Winner Notification: The potential winners will be notified by Facebook messenger. Each winner will be required to respond within two (2) days of the date notice or attempted notice is sent, in order to claim his/her early shopping pass.

Prize: Two prizes given away. Each is an early admission pass to the Little Flowers Consignment Sale on March 14, 2020; one (1) pass for winner. Early admission begins at 7:15 am the day of the sale.

General Conditions: If the contest is not capable of running as planned for any reason including, but not limited to, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, Internet failures and disruptions, and ISP problems, or any other causes, which, in the sponsor’s sole judgment, corrupts or affects the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of this contest, the sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion and determination of fairness, to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the contest and to select winners from eligible entries received prior to such action, in accordance with these official rules. Sponsors may disqualify any entrant who tampers with the entry process, operation of the contest, or violates these official rules.