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Garage Sale Books – What to Look For

Garage Sale Books – What to Look For
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I have an obsession with garage sale books! At 25 cents a book, you can’t go wrong! I wish I would have stocked up on books that B would enjoy as his tastes changed and as he got older, but I really wasn’t sure what to look for. So here’s a list of books I wish I would have stocked up on:
  • Mercer Meyer’s Little Critter Books (“Just Me and My ___”)
  • Laura Numeroff books (If You Give a Mouse a Cookie)
  • Holiday books
  • Dr. Seuss books
  • ANY Counting books
  • ANY ABC books
  • Easy Readers (step 1 or step 2)
  • Activity books and dry erase activity books
  • Highlights or High Five Magazines
  • Books about dinosaurs, princesses, sports, birthdays, going to the dentist or doctor or school, making friends, and having manners.

Fiction Collections:

  • Berenstain Bears
  • Magic School Bus
  • Magic Tree House
  • The Boxcar Children
  • Clifford
  • Frog and Toad by Harold Lobel
  • Toot and Puddle by Holly Hobbie
  • Franklin, the Turtle by Paulette Bourgeois
  • Max and Ruby by Rosemary Wells

Author Collections:

  • Cynthia Rylant
  • Eric Carle
  • Robert Munsch
  • Dick King Smith
  • Beverly Cleary
  • Nancy Drew
  • Little House
  • Hardy Boys
  • Jane Austen
  • Louisa May Alcott
  • Sandra Boynton
  • Margaret Wise Brown
  • Bill Martin
  • Paul Goble
  • Richard Scarry
  • Doreen Cronin

Nonfiction Collections:
Eyewitness Books

Other Collections:

  • Inexpensive books to cut up and use for framed artwork and collages.
  • Inexpensive books that have a story you aren’t in love with that you can cut up and make puppets with.

Hopefully this list will come in handy as you come across great deals and garage sales!
Happy Shopping!


Wednesday 6th of April 2011

I love your list. I would only add that we always look for any books by Doreen Cronin, and we love the Littles Series chapter books for a little older children.


Thursday 10th of March 2011

Thank you for putting this together! Very helpful! I linked to you here :)

Together Time 4 Families

Monday 8th of November 2010

Thanks for the list and including my favorite series from These lists are good references. I copy the titles and bring the list with me to the library. Helps me at browsing time!Great post!Susan

Erin @ Letter Soup

Thursday 16th of September 2010

These are all great ideas. Thanks for putting it together and sharing! And thanks for the mention! :)

JDaniel4's Mom

Monday 2nd of August 2010

These are exactly the books I saw going throug the checkout line at a consignment sale I worked over the weekend.