~Thrifty Treasures~


My contribution for Today’s Thrifty Treasures is a trip to the 2009 Saint Charles Friends of the Library Book Fair. Books are true treasures.

We attend the event every year. Table after table of donated books are available for sale, at bargain prices. Proceeds benefit the library.

Stop by Rhoda’s for more Thrifty Treasures.


This is also my contribution for Diane’s 2nd Time Around Tuesday.


G’pa J and Xanti at the 2007 book fair. That was the year we dragged accompanied J to Miss Aimee B’s Tea Room for lunch, after the book fair.

book1 I took my beautiful Raised in Cotton bag, thinking one bag would be plenty. After taking the filled bag to the car twice, J decided we needed more containers! The Whole Foods bags were quickly filled, too! I think we should look for a laundry cart, or something similar, at the garage sales, before the 2010 book fair.

book2 Hardcover $2



book5 When J and I finished making our selections, we went to the lobby, where there are several comfortable chairs. I was carrying the above book, when we sat down. An elderly lady, sitting in one of the chairs, asked about the book. I’m sure my carrying that book was meant to be. She told us her own amazing dog story. The extra special animal gave the woman and her husband many happy days. Meeting her and hearing her story was a wonderful bonus to our book fair day.

book6 Mysteries, to keep me busy.

book7 Paperbacks @ 50 cents each.

book9This was my only purchase in the special section. This book was $5. J has lived near the Mississippi River all of his life and I have for most of mine. I believe we will enjoy these stories, very much.



Lunch after the book fair, this year, was at Panera’s, with eldest daughter Terrie, who also made several purchases at the fair.

We’re at the lake, as you can see by the window and shutters in the background of some of the photos. While J is fishing I’m going to see if I can find something to read.

Preview of upcoming posts, this week~


Outdoor Wednesday



Tablescape Thursday~Foodie Friday


Glenda/MidSouth said...

You got some great deals on the books. I always enjoy having lunch out somewhere after a little shopping trip like that.

marty39 said...

You found some amazing books. I would have been in hog heaven just going through all of these wonderful books. I probably would have made a few trips myself to the car. Loved the decorating books at such incredible prices. What a fun day. Hugs, Marty

Cathy said...

Lucky you...all of those great books at a great deal!!! What a fun day!!!

I am looking forward to your upcoming post!!! Nice tease!!!

Have a wonderful Sunday!!!

imjacobsmom said...

Pat, I spotted lots of great selections - I've always loved a good book fair. Jacob and I used to work the book fair when he was in elementary school. It was so hard not to put selections aside, and he used to have so much fun....Robyn

Terri and Bob said...

I think books are some of my best friends!

I am looking forward to this week's posts!

Allidink said...

What great books you found! I love Friends of the Library :)

All the best,

Brenda Eason said...

You found some nice books. That Mississippi book looks like it belongs here hehe.
Hope you are having a good time.

Carrie said...

Oh, you made some excellent selections at the book sale.

Dana and Daisy said...

what great finds, maybe next year you should consider boxes and dolly! lol!

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Those are great books, Pat! I just love to read too & am determined to get more books read this summer instead of blogging too much! Nothing better than sitting down with a good book. I love James Patterson too as well as some of those other mystery authors. Love me a good mystery!

Sheila said...

Now I'm going to have to attend our own library book fair! I love books but seem not to find time to read much anymore. I've read "Sundays at Tiffanys" by James Patterson & enjoyed it. I'm also a big Nicholas Sparks fan.

Waiting for your next post...!

Kim @ Manning Family Tree said...

Wow! You got a lot of great books. Can't wait for your upcoming posts.

Lisa said...

Good for you! I love used book sales. Your hardbacks are fantastic for that price.

Happy reading :)


Barbara Jacksier said...

What a haul. Perhaps next year, you'll find a copy of my book at the sale (gasp!)


Pat - What wonderful books you found in St. Charles. You will have lots of reading for the deck or your back porch this summer.

I look forward to your posts this week. We will return to the lake on Wednesday.


laurie @ bargain hunting said...

How wonderful to get such beautiful books for $1! I would have been running back and forth to the car too. Your grand-daughter is so pretty. Happy reading! (That watermelon slice looks delicious!)

Brenda said...

I like your addition of the previews, Pat. I'm not that organized that I could accomplish that! Books! Now I do love my books. Pet books and decorating books and garden bird books and novels. I would be heaven! You enjoy your lake and reading material.

~~Carol~~ said...

Oh, what a wonderful sale---I love books so much! You got some really fantastic ones, and cheap. I would've grabbed all of the bird and decorating books too!

Diane @ Four Paws and Co said...

What a wonderful sale! We seem to have similar book taste - color me a bit green right now... ☺ Diane

prof en retraite said...

Ohhhh...Pat! What great finds at unbelievable prices!! Love Stuart Woods...he's from GA! BUT...the whole trip would have been worth it to me for that Pierre Deux's French Country at $2...woo hooo!!! Have a great week...Debbie

Mary said...

Pat, you found some great books! I would have purchased all the bird books too.
I love James Herriott...I loved all his books and just loved the BBC tv adaptation.
Jim and Xanti look great!

Kammy said...

Love all your book finds....So funny as I was just pulling out some books today to "aid" in decorating, lol !
Hugs ~ Kammy

Jenny said...

I love book sales! Great finds.

Junebug said...

What wonderful books you bought! I love to be able to buy a book in hardback. Great buys.

Mommyto3andahusky said...

what a great blog you have! :) Love your treasures you found! Erin

The Tattered Cottage said...

Great deals on some really great books. I was able to get a couple of books also this weekend.

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Pattie T. said...

I wish I would have known about this book fair, I would love to have attended. Is there an email notification list for those to be held in the future, do you know? Thanks for any help you can provide.

abeachcottage said...

nothing better than a book fair, though I have to say I've encountered some very scary dealers in those things *fighting for the best books

great to go and root around for books for hours isn't it

nice finds


Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

Looks like a great time had by all!
I noticed all of your Stuart Woods books...He is from our little town. Comes to the bookstore often!

Sue@CountryPleasures said...

I have "Grandmothers are like Snowflakes" too! Great selection of books there!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Pat, I loved this! So many wonderful photographs and some great books! I love the book bag (or is that a purse) with the blackbirds on it. Cute!

Believe it or not, my MIL gave us that book of Miss. River folklore many years ago. I'm so glad you found it! I love books, too... they are VERY shiny objects!


Sheila :-)

Fifi Flowers said...

J'adore books!!! Cute bags... good bargains... sounds like a perfect day!

Room Service ~ Decorating 101 said...

love, love , love book fairs...I had a bunch of your books too. Thanks for stopping by today.

Southern Lady said...

Oh, Pat ... your books look wonderful. What beautiful additions to your library. I'd love to read the "Grandmothers are Like Snowflakes" book and the "Mississippi River Folklore Treasury."

That watermelon picture makes my mouth water. I can't wait 'til they are ripe here.

I'll be back later in the week. 'Til then, enjoy your books!

Daisy Cottage said...

Great books there! I hope you are relaxing, sipping on something cool and delicious and enjoying your read!!


jeanne said...

Hello Pat, we just came in from our Yellowstone tour of a very small part of the park. The park is huge and we have four more days to explore. So different from Rocky Mtn. Nat'l. Park.

I enjoyed your 2007 book fair info and the photo of J and Xanti is wonderful. Handsome and so pretty too.

I can see by many of the photos of decorating books where your interests lie. But I already knew that. The dog book brought you an interesting story and that was special. I see you have a thing for birds too. No wonder we like each other right away we have lots in common. Books in general as well. Bill is a fan of James Paterson, but he says sometimes the evil is really bad but the good usually wins. I am loving the price of the books.

Time for a nap before we go back to the park to see the wildlife that loves to come out of hiding in the evenings.


Betty Jo said...

OMGosh I adore book fairs, but haven't been to one in ages. You found some wonderful books. ♥

Shelia said...

Hi Dear Pat! Oh, I love books and looks like you've found some great ones! I kinda like James Patterson too!
Now your granddaughter is just a beautiful young lady! Love that red hair!
Now, you go out on your deck by the water, put your tiny feet up and have J make you a glass of iced tea and read and rest! Sounds like heaven!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;0

Deb said...

Oh I love book fairs! You found some fabulous books Pat. James Herriot was my favourite author as a teenager (I wanted to be a vet) :-} and any book about a dog is a GOOD book :-} Love your book bag too!

Sofia Striffler said...

Those were great book finds. I love the bag also. Thanks for sharing and visiting my blog. have a great day

Mary said...

I'm desperate for some new books - I've read everything I had waiting. I must find a terrific place like this - you really hit the jackpot Pat - great books, amazing prices.

Now put you feet up, pour a cool drink, and read by the lake, perfect! Have fun.

Scooterblu's Whimsy~Rhonda said...

You found some wonderful books! I have those BHG Decor Books and love them! Looks like you will have plenty of great lake reading! :) Love the "raised in cotton" bag, too! ~hugs, Rhonda :)

Kathleen said...

You will have plenty to read! Sounds like a fun afternoon.
I always donate my books to the Library for their to keep them on the move!

Picket said...

Wow could start your own library with all those great books!
I am loving that Raised in Cotton bag!!

Now girl your hubby may believe that 'story' about the nail polish but I ain't buying it! Stay in the church and tell the just did that so you could paint that vanity! lol lol

Thanks for coming by sweet friend...have a fabulous day!~♥~

Twice as Nice said...

Twin and I love to read. Love decorating books and Dominick Dunn. I think there is nothing better than a true story.

Rhondi said...

Hi Pat
I love book sales. They always have such great deals and I see you found some. Thanks for joining my porch party.The food you showed has whetted my appetite to come back again.
Hugs, Rhondi

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Oh Pat....I am so envious....I love, love, love books. How wonderful to attend a place like this.

Your Alexandra Stoddard book...Open Your Eyes is great!!!!

Happy reading.


xinex said...

Oh wow! Just the type of book I would love to have. You did really good!...Christine

The Muse said...

A post filled with books, with friendship and with good deeds...ah, I dare say that your blessings have been multiplied!

Rue said...

There's almost nothing better than curling up with a great book and it looks like you've found plenty to relax with. They all look like wonderful reads too :)

Have fun while J fishes!


Bo said...

Good morning Pat...What a treasure trove of good reading y'all found & at GREAT prices...they all look like they're in like new condition also. I sure will tell Jeanne & Bill "hi" from you and J...we're meeting them in Cripple Creek, Colorado where I know we'll all hit big jackpots & come back millionaires! LOL ;-) Bo

LdyDy said...

What an awesome selection of books! Plus so many hardcovers!! James Patterson is one of my husband's favorite authors. Congrats on all the finds!! Hugs!

the pleasures of homemaking said...

I always go crazy at booksales! You found so many great ones - love the title of the Grandma one LOL!


Monica said...

Looks like you got a lot of great books there!Thanks for showing us your finds!

Lady Katherine said...

Love the books and those prices! I love the Mississippi River one. I went swimming in it when I was younger just to say we did it, under the bridge that crosses from Vickburg, MS to Louisiana. Love the bags too. Watermelon! Yummy!

dec0r8or said...

Oh, there's nothing like a fresh batch of books to jump start your summer, eh? Enjoy them all, Pat!

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

Hi Pat,
You picked out some great books! I love James Patterson!

Thanks so much for linking to 2nd Time Around!

Kat said...

It looks like we enjoy some of the same authors. I'm enjoying a new Harlan Coben right now. Books make me happy.

Joy said...

I should have read this comment Glad you did get to the book fair. I heard it was a huge success. I had to work so I didn't get to attend but my dd and dh helped set up and both got some really good books.