Tuesday, 8 April 2008


Whilst I was off work on Easter holidays recently, we (MWM, youngest son and I) went to a wholesale book warehouse where they have a sale a couple of times a year and all children's reading and activity books, games etc are just £1 each. Now most of these books are between £4.99 and £7.99 each normally but I spent just £14 and got this lot

When I totted up the prices it came to £68! How's that for a bargain?

I'm saving them all until Christmas when I will make up little parcels for our grandchildren - hopefully they will love them.

Youngest son spent £20 and got a shed load of books for his two boys, I don't think we duplicated any, so the Christmas parcels should be OK.

Oh and MWM bought put a book for himself in the basket "Codes - How to make them and break them"! Perhaps he thinks it will help him figure me out! LOL

Now for more awards.........

Mother Of This Lot (Mother's Pride) a recent blog find, (which, if you haven't already, you should read), has a wonderfully talented daughter called Fixer who makes awards for MOTL to dish out. I am a lucky recipient of this masterpiece

How cool is that?

Anyway I get to pass it on to others (in no particular order) who like a good chat, so please take a and a slice of get chatting, and pass it on will you please.......

Queenie (Queenie's Random Ramblings)

Miss U (A Sideways Look at Womanhood)

Linda (Are We There Yet?)

CG (The Compulsive Worrier)

Miss Bee (Muffin 53)
Flowerpot (Flowerpot Days)
Ron (Vent) - yes I know he's a man but he loves a good chat!

Also Bindi (Beautiful World) gave me this cracker

Thank you Bindi. I get to pass this on too, so please accept this

'Be The Blog' award

Julia (A Piece Of My Mind)
Smalltown RN (A Place I Call Home)
David (Authorblog)
Buffalodickdy (Opinions & Rectums We All got one)
Dumdad (The Other Side Of Paris)


Miss Understood said...

Thanks so much for the award, Ak. I think pretty soon you'll have to start an award blog for all of yours!

Ali said...

Love the idea of the book sale, I would love that, and I wish MWM every success in 'breaking the code' and figuring you out.

(Don't tell him it's not possible, it will keep him amused for years)

Flowerpot said...

thanks so much for that, Ak. I'm very chuffed!

buffalodickdy said...

Thanks so much for the award! Looks like you cleaned up on books!

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

wonderful bargain on the books and thank you so much for the lovely award! you are a blessing to read, thanks...

smiles, bee

Dave said...

Booksales! Oh how I love book sales! I am no longer the children's book lover kind since I have no grandkids yet but everything else I love.

Dumdad said...

I'd go mad in a book warehouse like that! The WH Smith in Paris virtually doubles the price of books so I've given up buying there. We stocked up the car last summer when we were in the UK, buying tons of books from charity shops.

And many thanks for honouring with this rather cool award. I shall display it proudly.

Julia Smith said...

Who can pass up books on sale...? Anyone...? Anyone...?

Congratulations on your two new awards! I'll have to go and visit a few of your nominees. And thank you so much for my Be The Blog award. I'm honored.

Anonymous said...

It feels great to find special bargains like that, doesn't it?

Take care, Akela!

girl with the mask said...

I think book sales like that should become a government iniative- kids need to read more. What lucky grandkids you'll have this christmas!

G.I.M x

Akelamalu said...

You're welcome Miss U x

I'm not giving him any clues Ali! ;)

You are welcome Flowerpot :)

Oh I could have spent so much more Buff but MWM insisted I call it a day! You're welcome on the award m'dear.

Yes definitely a bargain on the books Bee glad you like the award. x

I just wish they'd had adult books as well for £1 each, my credit card would have been HOT Dave!

Not sure whereabouts you stay when over here Dumdad but if it corresponds with the sale it would be worth a visit for you, they have a few warehouses dotted about. Checkout the website

Thanks Julia and you're welcome. x

It certainly does Josh! x

I Agree GIM the government should encourage children to read, like Dolly Parton's 'Imagination Library' which she has brought over here, it's a fantastic idea.

Dianne said...

congrats on your awards and congrats to all those you passed them on to. more blogs to check out - yummy!

I'd go mad at a book sale like that. I love everything about books - the feel, the smell, the sound of opening one, the sound of closing one. LOL guess I love books.

storyteller said...

This pile of books definitely looks like a great bargain to me … though I admit that I’d never be able to wait until Christmas (8+months from now) to give them away … and if I did manage to hold off, I’d probably forget about them entirely until the holidays had passed … thereby defeating the point. LOL

Congratulations on your awards … I look forward to checking out the links to the recipients when time permits. Today I’m doing Heads or Tails for the first time and trying to visit those blogs ;--)

Hugs and blessings,

Ron said...

WOW WEE!!!!!

This award is SOOOOOO cool looking, Akelamalu!!!

Very Vintage...and yes, it IS a masterpiece!

*GREAT job, Fixer!

This is one that I will be very proud to display and also pass along to fellow "Chatters."

(and you're right...I DO enjoy a good chat!)

THANK YOU, dear lady. And it's ALWAYS my pleasure to have a CHAT with you!

Hey...and that book sale sounded incredible. What a BARGAIN!!! Did they have anything on Buzz LightYear???

Thanks again!!!

CrazyCath said...

Excellent bargains!

And congratulations on your awards. You deserve them too! Thanks for dropping by mine. Since we are both official blog "chatters" we can chat over a brew! Them danishes look good...

the mother of this lot said...

You got a good haul there - books and awards!

Smalltown RN said...

WEll how sweet of you...thank you very much....I will post it today....cheers!

bindhiya said...

Dear Akelamalu,
That seems like a great book bargain!
We have so much book than we can read in the entire hubby love to buy all kinds of books :)
Congrats on all your awards! You deserve them!
Thank you for being a great inspiration!
♥ & ((hugs))

Travis said...

We have a store called Half Priced Books. I love to go there when I've got an extra $20.

Jeff B said...

Great score at the bookstore and nice awards too.

Good stuff

Nea said...

What a great lot of books, good deal for you. We have bought so many childrens books over the years, and never want to part with any of them. haha. so by now I have many book cases full. I love them, but sure hate moving them. so I won't ever move again. haha.

la bellina mammina said...

I absolutely LURVE a good bargain too! And congrats for the awards!

Linda said...

What a great idea to stock up for the holidays now - especially at such great prices! Books are THE best and if you can get the grandkids to love them early on in life then chances are good they will love them forever.

Thank you so much for the lovely award, too! I'm going to have to give some thought as to who to pass it on to. Hmmm ...

Gledwood said...

I remember we used to have a booksale thing v occasionally at primary school (this was during the age of the net book agreement and so no discounting down... (boohoo)...)

because my mum must've preloaded them or me with £££ credit i had enough to buy the hobbit by jrr tolkien

i remember glaring at the back thining "what is that ugly black and white striped thing??!???!!" (twas a barcode)

yukky things! why can't they make them blend in more? i thought that when I was ten. am just more used to SEEING the damn things now!!

Akelamalu said...

Thanks Dianne, you would have been in your element at the book warehouse!

I usually buy Christmas presents all through the year and put them away (yes I know I'm sad!) Storyteller. Good luck with Heads or Tails. :)

Didn't see any Buzz Lightyear Ron, but when next I go I'll look especially for you and get one and send it to you. I knew you'd like the award. ;)

I saw you got the award too Cath so sit down, we'll have a natter! :)

I did do well, didn't I MOTL? :)

My pleasure RN x

You can never have too many books Bindi x

Half price books are better than full price books any day Trav!

Cheers Jeff :)

Your bookcases sound like ours Nea! :)

I love a bargain too Bella and thanks honey. x

You're welcome Linda. All the grankids love books - I think it's in the genes! :)

We have booksales at school but as you say they're not discounted which is unfair to the children, still they do buy them Gleds.

Anndi said...

Chicklet has been devouring books lately.. I'll be looking for sales! LOL

Well deserved awards dear.

the teach said...

Congrats on your awards! Thanks for your thoughtful comments on my WW post! :)

girl with the mask said...

I didn't know that about Dolly. I lover her!

G.I.M x

ciara said...

great deal on the books! i'm sure the kids will love them...thanks so much for my award :)

Misty Dawn said...

You certainly got a great deal! Anytime I get a book for a good price, it makes my day!

Congratulations on the awards, my friend. You truly deserve them!

Donnetta Lee said...

Hubby and I love book sales. Looks like you found some treasures! Actually, I love bargains of any kind. You'll have to come read one of my previous stories about my friend and me (in December) going to thrift shops. Fun, fun.

Claire said...

It wasn't the Book People warehouse was it? If so I love that place!

Skittles said...

I'll take your word for it that the books were a bargain since I can't translate that into dollars. :) I love, love, love books!

Anonymous said...

Nice haul! I love getting good deals and also love buying kids' books.

G-Man said...

Awards abounding around this place Ake...
Remember about Friday...G


Elween said...

if only we could get books at cheaper prices! books here are so expensive. A simple book itself already costs us around 30 bucks. that's why we only visit second hand book store. sigh....

Akelamalu said...

Thanks Anndi, and I hope you find some bargain books. x

My pleasure Teach and thank you.

Yes Dolly's 'Imagination Library' was big news just recently GIM.

Oh you are so welcome Ciarax

Aw thankyou Misty xx

I love going to thrift shops when I have time Donnetta, I've had some great bargains from them.

No it was Scholastic Books Claire they have a website and warehouses all over the place.

It would be double the prices I mentioned in dollars Skittles, so you can judge for yourself whether it was a bargain. :)

Me too Citizen!

I'm all ready for tomorrow g-man, hope you are! :)

What a shame you don't have book sales like the one I went to Elween, you could save so much.

Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

Excellent idea.

I wonder why I never shop sales during the year and save the gifts for Christmas? Ah! I know! If I did that I’d miss the rush of adrenalin I get from Christmas Eve shopping!

Jo Beaufoix said...

Wow, those books are fabulous. I love me a good book bargain, I get so excited.

And congrats on the awards my lovely. The Be The Blog one makes me smile. :D

Akelamalu said...

You shop on Christmas Eve Nick? My nerves wouldn't stand it! :0

I love book bargains too Jo, in fact I love any sort of bargains! Thanks honey. x

Carolyn said...

Nice book bargains! I love shopping for Christmas throughout the year. Not only do you find great deals, but the bills in January aren't too painful. Good on you!

Akelamalu said...

I pick lots of Christmas presents up through the year too Carolyn, as you say it save's on big bills! Thanks for popping in, nice to meet you. :)

elena jane said...

well done on the books...i love a good book bargain. hope the kiddies enjoy them :) and hubby likes his code book as well ;)

Akelamalu said...

I'm sure the little ones will love the books, but they have to wait until Christmas Elena :)

Claire said...

I will have to check out that website, The Book People is also a good one.

Akelamalu said...

We get the book people coming into school with some great bargains Claire!

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