Nov 03 2009
Twice a year, my local library system conducts a book sale of hardbacks, paperbacks, children’s books, magazines, and tapes, that have been either culled from circulation or donated by patrons for the sale. With the emergence of online used book sales through ebay, Amazon, etc., the lines are long and the sale is crowded, but if you are up for it, attending one of these events can lead to awesome treasures at a fraction of the price for new books (from $0.10 – $1).
I limit myself to two tote bags — if I can’t carry it, I can’t have it. Others, however, show up with rolling carts and suitcases! I have purchased some really nice old Christmas craft books along with some new ones on rubber stamping which provide wonderful inspiration for card layouts I can use with my quilling. For those into altered art, the possibilities are endless. I was raised in a household where books were revered and you didn’t mark in them, let alone cut them up, so I have a harder time thinking about books as potential art material, however I did pick up a pocket-sized 1978 World Atlas full of maps. I think that pieces of it would make a wonderful addition to a bon voyage card or scrapbook page of that special trip.
Contact your local library or visit their website to see if they have annual book sales. For me, I find it well worth the effort.
Quilling Tip: Readers Digest condensed books, or other nicely bound books, look wonderful as props for your quilling. Stack two on their side and top them with a piece of your framed quilling to create a bookshelf display you’ll be proud of.