Book garage sales are these luck trials. You go for one, and you test your luck, to see if you can chance upon, maybe, a new book, or a book that would soon become a favourite, in the midst of once-loved books. So, me, being one adventurous reader, CHANCED (oh, trust me, I literally chanced upon one seconds after complaining about buying books) upon a
garage(okay, not a garage, it was in a mall)somewhat like garage sale of books. The books were selling at one for $5, and the proceeds would go to a newspaper pocket-money fund. I gave it a try. Why not? You get an amazing item(in this case, a book) and you also help someone in the process.
Unfortunately, my friend was with me, and I felt like a burden the whole time, because I burnt more than an hour of our time together browsing through every single book. I checked the spines and the colour of the pages, conditions of the cover and whatnot. Most of the books were well-kept, only the broken spines made me really unsettled to the point that I cringed. Some were terribly kept, tattered to the point of vaporizing in your hands.
And so, my adventure(or hunt) began for the perfect garage book I would check out. Which ended up to a few phone calls to my sister on what books we had or did not have, and an impulse book. Meaning, this garage sale like sale did not go as perfectly as I planned, because of the small choice of books available. I grabbed The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga and the third book of the Percy Jackson series because we only had the first two. Talk about not perfect! At least they were cheap, or I would probably have left. 😐
More on the place I reside in, where I found that sale: Singapore, Asia. Singapore is a first class city. Which means there is hardly any garage sales. Or even none at all. Hence, I have never been to one. Until that somewhat misadventure. Books here are crazily over priced, the basic Harry Potter books being around SGD 22.09(USD 17.67, Canadian Dollar 20.17, Sterling 10.69), also saying that most of us here are poor and can’t afford a library, hence, the many public libraries dotting the country.
I believe, though, that garage sales are very important in building a community spirit, in this case, a reading community in your neighbourhood. Walk down the street and find out your neighbour loves Harry Potter and is selling his once-loved HP book, you would feel so connected suddenly. And when you are holding that little tattered book in your hands at home, does it feel surreal? What if you sold one of your books and the buyer feels like this? You’re holding a piece of someone’s soul in the form of around 200 pages of thin, cheap paper. Or that you removed, gave away part of your soul to a complete stranger? I really need more garage sales to go to, I’m itching for a cheap book haul and more horcruxes in the form of books. 😉
Just a tiny question, are books over at your country expensive? I need to plan my next travel destination with an empty luggage. 😦