Saturday, January 2, 2010

How to Find Vintage Books for Under $1

If you're a DIY bride like me, I'm sure you've oohed and ahhed over centerpieces featuring books, like this one seen on

I finally found a really great resource for finding vintage books in one shopping trip without having to run around to rummage sales, Goodwill or raiding my friends' collections: Half Price Books. Guitar Fred loves this national chain of secondhand and discount books, and he encouraged me to ask the buyers if they had any cheap vintage books they'd typically recycle. I was skeptical and asked. To my surprise, the buyer informed me that HPB offers "Books by the Yard" -- old Reader's Digests and other hardcover books that real estate agents typically buy to stage homes for sale. After handpicking books with pretty covers, I bought a box of 25 books for $20 (they quoted me $17 at first but the price went up starting today). I couldn't believe how nice the books were considering they were published more than 35 years ago. To find a Half-price Books store near you, click here.

I did a trial run with all the elements I've collected recently to get a sense on my progress to-date. Forgive me for the lack of flowers in the photo below -- I plan to use hydrangeas and ranunculus in the real thing.  Also see below on the bargains I found at Target!


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Bicoastal Bride said...

I love what you did! It looks amazing!

Cupcake Wedding said...

Bravo! That looks really good.

redwhitebride said...

love love the silver candle holders and vintage books! they look amazing together.

Vera D. said...

Thanks, lovelies! A friend just gave me a bag of mason jars too. I need to start editing. :)

buhdoop said...

I love half price books, I didn't know they sold books by the yard, what a great idea!

Anonymous said...

Ahhhh!!! No, you found my secret arsonal! And here I thought books by the yard were my little secret. If you look really hard (and I mean really, really) you can find some really great books in there like Little women (one my favorites) and L.M. Montgomery.

Thanks for viiting my little blog. I am having a 10K wedding too! It is nice to find a resource out there!

ivana m. said...

These are soo creative!


Anonymous said...

I love target's clearance for wedding supplies! And such a great book resource. And thank you for all the kind words you left on my site :)

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