Our next book scouting journey was to the Friends of the Library Sale in Gainesville, FL benefiting the Alachua County Library District and several literacy programs. This is a biennial sale held at the Bookhouse at 430 N. Main Street in Gainesville, and boasts over500,000 books, records, games, CDs, DVDs, audio, video, paintings, posters, prints, puzzles and magazines. We attended the Spring Sale (April 25-29, 2015) – their next sale will be Fall 2015 – October 24 – 28.
We drove from Port Charlotte to Dade City the night before the sale to be within an hour’s drive of Gainesville. We wanted to get an early morning start for the event. That evening, in Dade City we found a delightful restaurant called Kafe Kokopelli.
Housed in a 100 year old building originally designed for Model T sales by the Ford Motor Company, this place was loaded with charm.
The atmosphere was enchanting, everywhere you looked!
We met some fun people here and had a lovely dinner!
Would loved to have lingered into the night, but we had to get up early in the morning to make the drive from Dade City to Gainesville (where the sale started at 9am and we were in line by 8am).
This sale has a decent and large “collectible” quality book section in one corner of the building, with books individually priced. VERY crowded, however, and one must be nimble and quick to get a look at the better books.
Here are a few of the books we found at the Gainesville sale:
NEXT UP: Our visit to The Old Tampa Book Company in Tampa, Florida!