Hello to my book sharks, fellow bloggers, loyal readers and everyone in between!
This past weekend was the BookOutlet Box Sale, if you don’t know what that is, let me give you a little premise.
Every year, at the end of “March Break”, The BookOutlet Store has a box sale – which is exactly what it sounds like. They provide you with a box, and you get to fill it from tables upon tables of different genres of books. The box must close, and by close, they really mean they just need to be able to tape it shut, and the absolute best part – it’s $35/box.
Last year, my best friend Sam, and my husband and I ventured to St. Catherine’s and we did pretty well, between two boxes, we accomplished grabbing 87 books. This year – I topped it. With a final total of a whomping 96 books in two boxes – one of which I got for free!!
So, here’s the story.
A few weeks back, Book Outlet hosted a contest on their social media for a Box Sale Pre-Sale in which they would allow a select number of lucky people, plus one guest each, in to the warehouse housing the box sale, for two whole hours the day before the sale actually starts. They would allow these winners to fill a box before anyone got to have access – for free. Now myself, and pretty much every bookstagrammer I know in the general geograpgical area, entered this contest, and we were all anxiously awaiting the results. Flash forward to the week of the sale, and my DMs on Instagram going off. One of the wonderful women I’ve become friends with, whom actually doesn’t live all that far from me, won the contest. She wasn’t going to be able to go to the sale, and she knew I had booked time off work to attend, so she offered to transfer her prize to me. I know, what an unreal friend right? Shout out to Cait (@bookwormcait_) for being the most amazing lady ever and making my dream of an empty BookOutlet warehouse to myself come true. You are the most amazing lady and I am so thankful I know you and for the friendship we have developed. I can’t wait to meet up in the coming weeks and get you your copies of some of your wishlist I was able to acquire for you. Love you lady.
Anyway, I was going to go with my husband, but he (reluctantly) gave up his spot to come with me to stay home with our pup since we didn’t have anyone to watch her while we went out of town. That means I got to go with my girl Heather since she was the one lucky enough to be off work when the Pre-Sale was happening. We both got to grab a box of books – for free – and we both made out like bandits! Most of the books I grabbed were hardcovers as I had the best selection possible. I was lucky enough to snag an autographed copy of one of the books in the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas, an author I only recently began reading and have completely become absolute trash for. No shame. Here’s hoping they run a similar contest next year and I am a winner (or one of my amazing friends wants to transfer their win to me like Cait did this year) so this can happen again next year.
We stayed at my in-laws for the night so we could get up early and hit the sale again, and, as Heather, her husband Joe, my husband and I sat around my in-laws dining table, the guys decided they didn’t want to get up as early as we wanted to so we could leave early, which meant, Heather and I were on our own again. Probably not the best idea leaving two book lovers on their own in a warehouse full of books, but, we lucked out and both married the right men.
The following morning, Thursday morning, Heather and I were on the road, coffee in hand, bright and early on our way from Hamilton to St. Catherine’s. We arrived at the sale around 8:30am, and the lineup was already around the building consisting of easily over 100 people. As we waited in line, getting more and more antsy, we discussed the books we didn’t get to fit into our boxes the day before and our hopes to grab them when we got inside. We weren’t lucky enough to be a part of the first group of people to go in, but we had high hopes there would still be great selection when we got in. They organized it a bit differently than last year, which was actually a saving grace for my anxiety. This year, they only allowed in the amount of people they had shopping carts for at a time. Which, in my opinion, was an amazing decision. It made navigating the sale so much easier, and much less crowded. Once Heather and I got to the front of the line, we took a number and headed in to the actual public store to browse and keep warm until we were allowed into the warehouse sale.
After a grueling two hours, our numbers were finally called, and it was off to the races. Luckily enough, we ran into my other best friend, Sam, and her cousin before our number was called so we could all go together. This way, Sam, Arlie, and Arlie’s daughter didn’t have to wait for hours and hours to get into the sale. We grabbed our carts, grabbed our boxes, and we were off. I made a bee-line straight for where I left the pile of books I couldn’t fit in my box the night before, and to my surprise, four of the books were still there. Next, I was off to the YA section, which is where I spent the majority of my time. After YA, I made my way to the fiction section, and finally grabbed a few great non-fiction and true crime books. Despite arriving into the warehouse as a group, we all split up and covered more ground and were able to grab each other books we thought the others would like. It was a great system and I can’t wait for next year when we all go again, and with an even better plan in place.
Every single one of us easily filled our boxes, and we got some great titles. I am so happy with the things I was able to find to add to my library, and the amazing titles I was able to grab my husband as well.
It was a successful two day book bender, and I couldn’t be more ecstatic about my results. Next year’s goal: two boxes, one hundred books.
So there you have it, my BookOutlet Box Sale experience of 2019. I am counting down the days until next year’s sale, and the next giant haul I end up with.
Until next post, may your coffee be strong and your books transport you somewhere magical.
Stay Wild, Moon Child, and Creep it Real, Witches!🔮🌙