Our Trip to the F.O.L. Sale – Gainesville, Florida

Friends of the Library Sales are not for the faint of heart!

Any bookseller will tell you…Friends of the Library Sales are not for the faint of heart!

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.

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Kafe Kokopelli – Dade City, Florida

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Ron at the entrance of Kafe Kokopelli

Ron at the entrance of 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.

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The atmosphere was enchanting,  everywhere you looked!

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We met some fun people here and had a lovely dinner!

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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).

Sunrise in Florida on our way to the Gainesville Book Sale

Line at the F.O.L. Book Sale in Gainesville

Long line at the F.O.L. Book Sale in Gainesville

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Wall-to-wall book buyers

Wall-to-wall book buyers

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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:

 

Shakespeare and Company, by Sylvia Beach (Harcourt Brace, 1959, first edition)

Shakespeare and Company, by Sylvia Beach (Harcourt Brace, 1959, first edition)

 

Mrs. Bridge, by Evan S. Connell Jr. (Viking Press, 1959, 1st Printing)

Mrs. Bridge, by Evan S. Connell Jr. (Viking Press, 1959, 1st Printing)  SOLD

With the Night Mail, by Rudyard S. Kipling (Doubleday Page, 1909)

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The Grandissimes, George W. Cable (Charles Scribner, 1899, First Illustrated Edition)

The Grandissimes, George W. Cable (Charles Scribner, 1899, First Illustrated Edition)023251_3

 

Quite Early One Morning, by Thomas Dylan (New Directions, 1954, 1st Edition)

Quite Early One Morning, by Thomas Dylan (New Directions, 1954, 1st Edition)

DUNE, by Frank Herbert (1st Putnam edition, 1984)

DUNE, by Frank Herbert (1st Putnam edition, 1984)DUNE, by Frank Herbert (1st Putnam edition, 1984)

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEXT UP:  Our visit to The Old Tampa Book Company in Tampa, Florida!

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  1. C&D; (NOT Copeland & Day, but close)

    Sounds like a great rest. was it Greek?

    The Night mail was one I had passed up so many times, I could not remember if I had actually bought one. It has been cataloged and here is what I found researching it after buying….

    43 copies listed $495. to $250 VG: 6 copies, 7 copies $210 to $150, 7 copies $140 to $100 VG spine tender not cracked as is oft.

    I paid $150 plus tax back in 2/14 Near Fine

    Not uncommon and not cheap for a Fine copy at a Bookfair! Loved the illus.’s

    I actually READ Dune and have a complete set of the Dune Toys (except for the giant sand crawler spice factory). The figure for Sting is fantastic and looks just like him. Now he has a full beard for a NY stage play. 😦

    Blog on dude and dudess!! ~(:-))

    • John,
      You have DUNE toys?? Fantastic.
      The Night Mail we purchased I would only classify as good. Solid binding, no cracking, but cover cloth worn at corner tips, very light soiling. Had to have it. Never had a chance to examine one before. Listed it at $50.00 — will see what happens…may stay on my shelf until I find a better one.
      Thanks for your comments!!
      Cathy


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